The 1950's

It Was A Great Time To Be Alive!

The Fifties; A Great Time In America To Grow Up! See "The Best Of Times"

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Eddie, Beaver, and Wally
Eddie, Beaver, Wally... Do you feel old now???

The Fifties in the United States and much of Western Europe are generally considered conservative in contrast to the social revolution of the next decade. Mass suburban developments and nuclear family ideals serve as symbols of the era from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to the inauguration of United States President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States played out through the entire decade.

The fifties also revolutionized entertainment with the mainstream introduction of television, rapid growth of the recording industry and new genres of music, and movies targeted at teenage audiences.

The Memories Are Vivid!

Some funny memories: Elementary School (1949-1955), Junior High School (1956-1958) , High School (1959-1962)

Costs.... Amazing By Todays Standards

What It Cost In Days Gone By
Ford car: $1339-$2262 Average income: $3,216
House: $14,500 Philco model 1403 TV: $199
Admiral “home entertainment” TV system: $549.50 12″ records: $4.85
Milk: $.82 10″ records: $2.85
Bread $.14 Gas: $.20
Postage stamp: $.03 Pumpkins : $.02 cents a lb
Sirloin steak: $.77 lb Campbell’s Pork & Beans – (2) 1 lb. cans: $.25

 

It Was A Great Time

The Three Singers
Yes, singers and dancers looked nice!

After World War II, America was about to enter into the best time of her life. A happy time of innocents. The Two greatest decades of the 20th century. America will never see happiness like this again. All we have left of this wonderful time are the pictures and sounds that we have collected.

Don't let anything happen to these treasured memories! It's times like now with the gangs, drugs and violence that make many of us wish we could travel back into time and appreciate the good times that we had. Our children and grand children should be able to see the fun that we had, and maybe, just maybe, they may instill our values on their kids.

1950's Had Great Cars

Our 1955 Buick
It was a mover! More iron in this car than 10 2008 models!

Classic cars of the 1950s could be anything from opulent to odd, as you'll see by linking to the cars in the chart below.

The most-remembered classic cars of the 1950s, such as the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, symbolized America's boisterous optimism as it emerged victorious from World War II and raced into a new age of consumerism and international influence.

Others, like the 1955 DeSoto Fireflite Coronado, brought glitz and horsepower to the masses. And some, like the 1958 Edsel Ranger, came to symbolize 1950s styling gone wrong.

 

Post WWII

we Were The Supermen!
Superman.. What a man!

The 1950's decade refers to the period between January 1, 1950 to December 1, 1959.

The Fifties have come to been known as a conservative era dominated by suburban family ideals. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education.

The Cold War between the United States and the USSR played out through the entire decade. The fifties also revolutionized entertainment with the mainstream introduction of television, popularization and new genres of music, and movies targeted at teenage audiences.

Due to the conservative norms of the era and the suppression of social movements, the seeds of rebellion soon began to grow with the introduction of rock n' roll, movies that emphasized on rebellious nature, and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.

Where Were We?

Paul was in Junior/High School completing high school in 1962. I was there in the front row! Sue was born in in 1951 and missed the early years but has memories of the late 50's.

Annette

Annette

I Admit, I really thought she was great! Paul and ten million other boys at that time were in love with her!  Million dollar smile and a regular person... Nothing phony there! To me she was a star and will always be bright and shining.

Annette Joanne Funicello was born in Utica, New York, to Italian-Americans Joseph and Virginia Funicello. Her family moved to Southern California when she was four years old. Funicello took dancing and music lessons as a child to overcome shyness. In 1955, the 12-year-old was discovered by Walt Disney when she performed as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at a dance recital in Burbank, California.

Disney cast her as one of the original "Mouseketeers". She was the last to be selected, and the only one personally picked by Walt Disney himself. She proved to be very popular and by the end of the first season of Mickey Mouse Club, she was receiving 6,000 letters a month, according to her Disney Legends biography.

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We Didn't Start The Fire....

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4.5 minutes of memories....
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The 1950s or The Fifties was the decade that began on January 1, 1950 and ended on December 31, 1959. This was the sixth decade of the 20th century. By its end, the world had largely recovered from World War II and the Cold War developed from its modest beginning in the late 1940s to a hot competition between the United States and the Soviet Union by the beginning of the 1960s.

Clashes between communism and capitalism dominated the decade, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. The conflicts included the Korean War in the beginnings of the decade and the beginning of the Space Race with the launch of Sputnik I.

Along with increased testing of nuclear weapons (such as RDS-37 and Upshot-Knothole), this created a politically conservative climate. In the United States, the Red Scare (fear of communism) caused public Congressional hearings by both houses in Congress and anti-communism was the prevailing sentiment in the United States throughout the decade. The beginning of decolonization in Africa and Asia occurred in this decade and accelerated in the following decade, the 1960s.

It Was Quite A Decade!

Clockwise, from left: United Nations soldiers during the Korean War, which was the first UN authorized conflict;

Two atomic explosions from the RDS-37 and Upshot-Knothole (Soviet and American, respectively) nuclear weapons, symbolizing the escalation of Cold War tensions between the two nations in the 1950s;

Israeli troops prepare to fight the Egyptians during the Suez Crisis of 1956;

A replica of Sputnik I, the world's first satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957;

Fidel Castro leads the Cuban Revolution in 1959;

Center - North Sea flood of 1953