There was a time when NZ was shut down for the weekends to, families had time together doing family stuff, no malls, no having to do the shopping as that was done during the week by the stay at home mum and was generally delivered by the grocers boy on his delivery bike, or by a small van (E93a fordson comes to mind, or maybe a Bradford) Butcher, baker, (1/4- 1/2 - or whole loaf 2 choices brown or white) milk, delivery the same. Apprenticeships at almost every workshop, 3% mortgage, state housing, NZRoad services, busses to almost anywhere, affordable rail travel, (could be smokey and mind the smut in the eye) Lyttleton / Wellington overnight ferry. Post office savings banks in every suburb, town, small village and sometimes just on their own. (Robinsons bay, Banks peninsular for example. Fish and chips or a pie was fast food. Fruit, eggs, veges were all bought when in season and prices were reasonable, ovalined eggs would last for the winter months. Chicken dear, mutton cheap, beef affordable once a week or so. All this on a 40 hour week, 3 or 4 (people ) unemployed, everyone had a job to go to. And of course to get back to the cycle deviation of the thread, bicycles were mainstream transport. OH! and bicycles had things called mudguards and chain guards and baskets for carrying stuff.
Now apparently we have to go to France to experience this. (Tui Add) Whatever happened???