I recently received a copy of my late grandfather's Better Homes and Gardens Garden Book. It's a spiral bound book of everything to know for the suburban gardener. Originally published in 1951, I have the revised copy of 1961. In a quick scan of the book, I noticed that much of gardening has not changed. The plants, the flowers, how to care for them, etc. are mostly unchanged. The tools are slightly different today and the landscape layouts have altered like the fashion industry, however, there's comfort in knowing that a half century later, we garden much like my PopPop.
For the sake of nostalgia, I pulled out a few pictures and some differences between then and today. The picture quality isn't the greatest because of the paper used for printing. Enjoy.