20 Photos Show How Life In 1950s America Was Actually Like
These 20 photos show how life in 1950s America was actually like. While it is always better to ask a person who lived in that time about how life back then used to be and what people used to do, we have to listen to the answer with a grain of salt.
Usually, people tend to make their memories seem a lot more beautiful and they are always (always!) distorted. This is due to the fact that whenever you speak about the past, you remember mostly the good things and who didn’t have a lot more fun in their youth? This is a huge factor.
The 1950s are often referred to as the Golden Era in the US, being a time of prosperity and well-being. People tend to forget that the threat of a nuclear war was a very present theme back then, the Korean War was taking place and, oh, how could we forget, racial segregation was very much alive.
#1 Colored Entrance, Alabama, 1956
#2 Ladylike In NYC, 1958
#3 My Very Cool Grandpa In The 1950s Holding A Fish, Smoking A Cigarette, With A Book Tucked Into His Pants And Cigarette Pack In His Sleeve
#4 A Drink, A Cigar And Not Giving A Good Goddamn, 1950s
#5 An Officer With Hot Foot Teddy, The Real-Life Inspiration For Smokey The Bear, 1950
Most of the photos shown in this series were collected by Denis Fraevich, a New Yorker of Russian descent who works as a tour guide of the Big Apple for Russian tourists.
#6 My Grandma Had Such A Gorgeous Smile. 1950’s
#7 Girl And Her Grandmother Window-Shopping In Mobile, Alabama, 1956
#8 James Dean At A California Gas Station With His Silver Porsche 550 Spyder, Named “Little Bastard,” Just Hours Before His Fatal Crash. September 30, 1955
#9 Daytona Beach,1957
#10 Store Front, Mobile, Alabama, 1956
“The pictures were found at auctions, flea markets and yards, digitized and posted on the Internet,” he told Bored Panda. “Someone’s happy life, someone’s dreams, important events, holidays and travel, for some reason were thrown into the garbage and became penny goods in a neighborhood sale. Seeing this is incredibly sad, but thanks to enthusiasts who buy and digitize old slides, we can raise the curtain of time and look at that era through the eyes of ordinary Americans.”
#11 Anne St. Marie, New York City, 1959
#12 Girl Portrait. Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956
#13 Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956
#14 The Streets Of San Francisco. 1957
#15 A Slightly Surrealistic Photo Of My Grandma And Some Dude Somewhere In Florida, 1957
“I am amazed at how often a car is present in the frame,” Denis added. “They obviously occupied a much more important position in the life of an American than in our time. Today, it is much less likely that someone would take pictures of their car or television.”
#16 Alabama, 1956
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#17 At The Party, 1956
#18 Showgirls Playing Chess Backstage At The Latin Quarter Nightclub – New York, NY (1958)
#19 Child In A Car Seat
#20 Lady In Red