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The '50s

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Another fine and dandy day in our swell suburban home, and no evil Communists to ruin it, daddy-o!


The '50s were the peachy keen decade situated between the '40s and the '60s. In the '50s, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, all the cool cats were World War II veterans that had normal jobs and wore suits and fedoras, and, upon walking in to their swell suburban homes, announced their return home to their beautiful wives and small children, while their hip teens hung out at the drive-in, dressed in leather jackets and poodle skirts while dancing to Elvis Presley and Chubby Checker. Meanwhile, the evil square Red beatniks on the college campus, wearing berets and playing bongos, tried to destroy it all by corrupting the youth with their evil Communist ideals.

By Year


  • In the '50s, American cars were long, steel, chrome-clad beasts, where sleek, Jetsons-esque styling was normal, and a V8 was the standard. And that was a family car.
  • Back then, space-age architecture was also popular, as well as space influences themselves. This type of architecture was called "Googie".
  • In the '50s, every household had a single television set in their living room, which the family would watch together every night.
  • Back then, Communists were shunned in American society, with the term even becoming taboo.
  • In the '50s, Joseph Stalin and Albert Einstein were among those that died in the '50s.
  • In reality, the way the '50s are commonly viewed can vary. On one hand, some look fondly back at the decade and its values, while on the other hand, some like to criticise the decade.
  • I heard you on the wireless back in '52...

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