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The 1950s: What was NOT to like!

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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She knows a little bit about a lot of topics. Life experiences are wonderful.

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Halcyon Days of the American Dream? I guess the Fifties were that!

Were the 1950's really as great as a lot of the Baby-boomers seem to remember? Yes, life seemed to be easier, safer and more innocent.

I do remember the 50's in a fond way, but that decade was not perfect. In fact, there were some just awful things about the 50's that I am glad are gone! Yes, it is true that time passes quickly, but I remember so much about my 1950's childhood. Admittedly, my mind might be "fuzzy" about those halcyon days of the American Dream, but I hope you enjoy the nostalgia collected here.

Below you will find pictures and posters of what I do not miss from the 1950's!

(Miss ICBM used w/permission: georgelazenby)

What was an ICBM?

No, it was not a bodliy function in 1950's terminology!

The subheading refers to "Let Us C You Pee". Do you remember that joke? "Say lettuce and spell "cup". Oh we were so innocent!

Just the thought of an ICBM would make us just about have a "B(owel) M(ovement)" in our underwear!

When I was a child, I remember the "Cuban Missile Crisis". We were all afraid that Cuba would launch nuclear missiles toward the US and we would all die a horrible death. When all was said and done, we as a country were extremely proud of our young president, John F. Kennedy. Yes, this "crisis" happened in the early 60's, but we were preparing for a crisis like it in the 50's. That is why we were scared out of our wits when JFK confronted the Russians!

My father was in the military and those times were very stressful for us. To this day, I continue to be proud of being a citizen of the USA. Sometimes I do not agree with the wars and politics, but I am still proud.

So, what is (or was) an ICBM? According to wikipedia, "An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a ballistic missile with a long range (greater than 5,500 km or 3,500 miles) typically designed for nuclear weapons delivery."

The Red Menace!

Being a Baby Boomer, I remember the practice drills and hiding under my desk at school.

Since my father was in the military, I was very aware of the possibility of a war in the 50's. I was always so grateful that we had huge oceans between the USA and the countries that seemed to have the most animosity toward our government. I never really thought that those enemies did not like the people who lived here, just the politicians and generals. In this new century oceans are not a protection any more, are they?

Books to read about the 1950's - The more you know....

Amazon has several books about this era in America. If you are interested in learning more about (or remembering) the 1950's lifestyle, you will enjoy the books below.

Duck and Cover 1950's Style

A public service announcement that tried to teach everyone what to do if the USA was attacked by a bomb.

Living in the Atomic Age of the 1950s

Interested in watching movies from the 1950s that told innocent children how to act in case of nuclear attack? Well, here is the DVD for you.

Remember hose with seams?

AKA-Nylons! Fashion from the 50's you can live without!

I never owned a pair of these nylons. As a child during the 1950s, I wore white anklet socks; when I became a teen in the 60's, pantyhose became popular.

And the girdle one needed to wear the hose! - I do not miss the gymnastics it took to attach my nylons!

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And Oh--those 50's Bathing Suits

I remember having a white one-piece bathing suit that always needed to have the straps sewn back on. I learned to have a safety pin on me whenever I went swimming.

The black 50's style suit was available for purchase at the following online store. They seem to specialize in retro stuff. Go check them out and tell them that I sent you! Search on the Plasticland for your dream retro bathing suit!

1950's Fashion Rules for Women:

No trousers in public and white gloves were required!

In my current closet, you will find very few dresses and no white gloves. Our modern-day lifestyle is more relaxed. I am glad, because if I had to wear white gloves today, they would not remain white for long. I must say, though, perhaps there would be less need for "hand sanitizers" if women wore gloves more often.

To see some of the cute 50's fashion, visit Fun Fifties Fashions.

I remember the "teas" that my Mom took me to as a child. I had a hat and white gloves. These items were also required for Easter, too.

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Hairstyles from the 1950's: - What was your cut?

The 1950's inspired ponytail is back in style in this century, but at least we can say that hairspray has improved! My mother had a cut just like the one in the image below. She looked just like a movie star to me. That cut was inspired by Shirley Maclaine(that is a link and will open a new tab) and Audrey Hepburn. Both were in a movie called "The Children's Hour" (1961, I know!) and you can find it on Amazon if you keep scrolling down.

See a gallery of 1950's hairstyles at Fifties Web!

What was expected of a woman in the Fifties:

Some of it was very unrealisitic!

When my grandmother died, I got her aprons. My girls loved wearing them for dress-up play. I would probably save a lot of my good tee shirts if I wore an apron today. I do lots of cooking! I could visit Flirty Aprons and buy one!

To see more sexist ads from this era, you can visit this entertaining website: Found in Mom's Basement.

Lots of posters may be found on the internet! I found some on a site called Allposters.com

It was quite common for children to ride behind trucks that sprayed a cloud of DDT (an insecticide). We thought it was quite fun to do that and we did not know that DDT would eventually cause all kinds of health problems.

A really good book about the era of segregation is The Help. Check out my review of this best-selling book at The Help

Even though the posters were colorful, the movies were usually in Black and White--or "gray movies" as my granddaughter calls them.

Frosted Flakes from the 50's?

Don't know if these bowls are from the 50's, but if you loved Frosted Flakes, these are for you! Remember the good ol' days.

Black and white '50's TV (NOT the shows, just the box!)

Black and white '50's TV (NOT the shows, just the box!)

Black and white '50's TV (NOT the shows, just the box!)

Image of the kid and TV above is from a Creative Commons search and Flickr user gbaku.

Early TV was not the greatest. As stated, the picture was shades of gray. And remember, there was no remote control. Thirdly, there were not many shows, either. At least, the statement "There is nothing on TV to watch!" was more true then than it is now!

Please do not get me wrong. I loved growing up in the United States in the 1950's. It was indeed a time of innocence. I felt safe (until I had to practice hiding under my desk at school). Even after I learned about the "Red Menace", I never really felt insecure. The world was still a huge place; friends were close and "enemies" were far, far away. Life in the USA was a good thing.

Today, we feel that the world is closer and not so small. We hear about evil things almost immediately. Our television shows are "reality" as decided by the entertainment industry--with no holds barred. If it is weird, sexy or shocking--make a show about it. Yeah, "Leave It To Beaver" and "Father Knows Best" were not about real families, but at least they gave you ideas about how good life could be and did not show one how to be mean, selfish or shocking.

Just my opinion, now what is yours?

© 2009 Mickie Gee

Please let me know you were here! - Thanks in advance for visiting my 1950's:

anonymous on August 30, 2013:

I was a small child in the fifties, and everything as far as I could see was normal. I walked to school through buttercup fields, did handstands at school recess, and collected pennies toward a new art reproduction to hang in the hallways.

Of course I heard about the H bomb, but on the whole it was a time of optimism and middle class advancement. I remember dramatic events (the Nuremberg trials, war in Hungary, secession of South Africa from the British Empire) and felt somewhat a sense of being pioneer in being a girl interested in science.

Ted Bergman on June 27, 2013:

I went through my teen years in the fifties and I remember it as a simple time without a lot of the stress kids go through today. (I got into UCLA with a 'B" average.) However, even then I was aware of racial prejudice which was a given thing in those days, even in California. To have a friend of color was unheard of. Ah, yes, then there were cigarettes advertised on TV as "cool" even though the companies already knew they were causing Cancer. Every era has its good and bad things. I think in the fifties we were dumber but happier.

Mickie Gee (author) on May 23, 2013:

@Michael Oksa: I do not remember the polio epidemic; I do remember getting the vaccine on sugar cubes, though. It is interesting what one remembers and what one does not.

Glad you enjoyed the article about my memories of growing up in the 1960's.

Michael Oksa on May 22, 2013:

...and in the 2070s people will be talking about how great the 2010s were. It's all about what we choose to focus on. There's nothing wrong with nostalgia when it's done right, and you did it right on this lens. Good and bad things are always happening; that was true 60 years ago, is true today, and will be true 60 years from now. Also, I may have missed it, but I didn't see any mention of the polio epidemic mentioned in your lens (and a great lens it is).

anonymous on April 25, 2013:

Has anyone come across that email about "Life was really better in the 50's" and it showed all kinds of medicines, heroin drinks and such distributed? It is hilarious but I was definately a recipient of paragoric

Aunt-Mollie on April 16, 2013:

One thing that is still the same is the fear of nuclear bombs. That "duck and cover" would not have worked in the 50's and wouldn't work now, either.

Mickie Gee (author) on January 31, 2013:

@anonymous: I am so glad you liked my page about the memories I have from my childhood. We have a lot in common--both of us were born in 1950. It makes it easy for our friends to remember how old we are.

anonymous on January 30, 2013:

I was born in 1950, so I'm a baby boomer and a proud one. I'm obsessed with the 40s, 50s and 60s and I really enjoyed this lens.

Delia on December 20, 2012:

Ahhhh the 50's...a simpler and more peaceful time in my memory, maybe that's because I just came from war-torn Germany. I do have many fond memories, yes there were bad ones too, nothing like it is now.

Great lens and an enjoyable read:

~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

Nightcat on December 13, 2012:

I inherited my grandmother's prons too, scary huh? Blessec! :)

Blonde Blythe from U.S.A. on October 31, 2012:

I really enjoyed this lens! Interesting to see both the good and bad of the '50s.

casquid on October 08, 2012:

Nice lens! So much had to be said, and you presented it easily. Thank You.

I will link this in my lens fun-facts-of-the-year-1948

Keep writing!

Stephen Bush from Ohio on September 14, 2012:

You had me at halcyon. Since the 1950s were my first full decade, I suppose I do think of them fondly at times. But that doesn't stop me from still wanting to move forward in our society rather than backward as some politicians would have us do. For example, women's rights were still in the formative stages during the 1950s. SquidAngel blessings.

madoc on August 28, 2012:

Thanks for the reminder of the Fifties. On reflection, I think I'll opt to remember the 60s more warmly - having been a teenager in both decades!

Mickie Gee (author) on August 26, 2012:

@anonymous: You make some very good points. I do think one should look around at their current life and see the goodness that is in the "now".

anonymous on August 25, 2012:

I think the problem with living in the past is you miss all the wonderful things that are happening in the present. The 50's were also known for the cold war, polio, racial discrimination and sexism, DDT and thalidomide among other chemical horrors, the genesis of carcinogenic food additives and some of mankind's darkest moments in Africa, China and Russia that most westerners were completely unaware of, while many westerners experienced first hand, the horrors of a world at war.

I mention this not to disagree but to consider. I think we live in pretty great times, the average per capita earnings are increasing globally, the last of the dictators are being slowly weeded out, there will probably never be another world war because of the tight economic links between countries and research tells us that the next generation is mostly concerned with integrity, justice and working together - finally a generation that has the capacity and inclination to save humanity - in all likelihood our last hope. With advances in technology, it is likely that many of our most notorious diseases will be cured within the next 10 years.

Just a thought that while the author of this article has exclusively focused on their own past life, for mankind at large, life continues to improve and humanity continues to take little steps towards its own sustainability. I would argue that the greatest time in history is right now, because the impact that it has on the future is all that really matters.

Just my own alternative viewpoint.

foxymulder on July 20, 2012:

Haha unfortunately the 50's was a bit before my time, but this article has made me wish it wasn't. Where is Dr Who when you need him?!

Mickie Gee (author) on July 12, 2012:

@anonymous: I do not remember these. Must do some research. Better yet, you should write an article and send me the link to put on this page. To post an article on Squidoo, begin by clicking Create a page.

anonymous on July 12, 2012:

@anonymous: I was born in 1946 n This was a Great post- brought back many Happy Memories! Thank You. :-) On a side note, does Anyone Remember "Safety Cards" (may have been in Bond or Tip-Top Breads? Featured Cartoons abt Safety for Kids- possibly Dagwood, Katzenjammer Kids n Pogo....I forget most of the characters. Thanks.

anonymous on July 01, 2012:

I wish I was born in the 1950s I love the musics to bad I was born

Year 1998 :(

Mickie Gee (author) on July 01, 2012:

@anonymous: A friend of mine told me about a "movement" here in the US called "Free Range Children". The plan is to teach children how to recognize danger or bad situations the allow them to roam freely in the neighborhood. We all assume that the world is more dangerous now, bu I think that we just hear about the atrocities more often because of the media.

anonymous on July 01, 2012:

I was born on Christmas day in 1948, so I remember the fifties well. I remember being allowed to walk a mile to my Kindergarten class (I was 5 years old)... alone. That privilege extended all through my elementary school years, although I did ride the school bus sometimes. My parents never had to worry about crime on the street and safety was as close as the nearest neighbor's house.

All of the adult neighbor's had permission to discipline us kids as if we were their own, if we got out of line. The world was a safer place for kids and a better place to grow up in.

My dad and all of his friends were all WWII vets who shared a silent bond and would help each other at a moment's notice. Society had unwritten standards then, which everyone abided by and there was more respect for each other because of it.

My parents idea of a fun adult night out was to go to or host a card party. The only drug in evidence there was beer and seldom did anyone lose control from over use. We had street parties, Bar-B-Qs and backyard fireworks in the summer and celebrated all the Fall/Winter/Spring holidays with lots of fun and reverence (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc.) when appropriate. Most all the families we knew on our block went to church on Sunday and on religious holidays.

There were no video games (or even the concept of them) so we kids played endless, physical yard games like Dodge Ball, Red Rover, Tag or Freeze Tag, Statues and Hide and Seek until dark. If we were stuck indoors because of bad weather, the whole family played cards or board games together and that brought us very close.

A night out to a restaurant was a big deal, as was going to a movie. And, as silly as some of those movies were, we enjoyed them and sometimes they fired up the imagination of a future engineer, scientist or writer.

I once asked my mom back before she died in 1981, if I were just imagining the 50s as a golden age through rose colored memory glasses. I expected her, who was an adult in the 50s when I was a child to tell me yes, my kid's memories were somewhat idyllic and that the real world then was not so great. She surprised me when she wistfully said that I did actually get it right in my memory and that, compared to today (late 1970s), it was like night and day! She and my dad agreed that it really was a Golden Age and that everything fell apart in the mid sixties.

anonymous on June 14, 2012:

I think we must be close to the same age because I remember a lot about the things you are talking about but I spend the later half in Germany (I'm also an army brat). I think it was a more innocent time - there is too much reality now!

John Tannahill from Somewhere in England on June 13, 2012:

Actually, I'm glad I missed the 50s. It sounds too much like the 60s and ten years of that was enough.

anonymous on June 12, 2012:

I was born in 1987 so no but I am sure I lived then. I love the way they dressed in the 50's and have a thing for 50's trains.

jolou on May 03, 2012:

I was born in 1958 so of course do not remember this decade, however you have done a great job with your lens.

enjoyecigs on April 27, 2012:

awesome lens! ugh, i how i wish i lived back then!

anonymous on April 18, 2012:

Yes, TV had no remote controls. That's why people were thinner back then!

anonymous on March 29, 2012:

Kind of mean to ridicule many things here...the coarseness of today in language and fashion makes the 50's look dreamy...mom's making a home for their family and a nice meal is not sexist...I think may women today like to snicker at the 50's life because theirs is so lonely and unfulfilling today. Give me a hot dog and Coke anyday!

zillermil on March 22, 2012:

I love the furniture from the 1950s and 60s. I just bought a mid-century dining room table for $300 from Craigslist and LOVE it.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 01, 2012:

@SecondHandJoe LM: You and my husband have something in common. He likes the looks of stockings, too. I, personally, am glad women are wearing slacks more often.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 01, 2012:

@MartieG: I was a "flower child" too. I turned 10 in 1960, so I guess I am lucky to even remember some of the 1950's. All in all, the 1950's was a great time to be a child in the good old USA. Honest.

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on February 01, 2012:

I was more a sixties 'flower chiild' but I do remember being yoiung in the 50's with a care in the world! Good lens!

TravelingRae on January 23, 2012:

Thank you for an interesting lens. The 50s are such an idealized decade so it's good to get a personal overview of what they were really like.

SecondHandJoe LM on January 22, 2012:

Sorry for all the discomfort ladies- I love the look of stockings and the 50's in general. Maybe the hairstyles for woman could have been a little different! In the overall picture, sadly, some of the shine is now off the apple! I hope we 'figh't to get it back.

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on January 01, 2012:

Great decade to look back upon! Nice lens!

nyclittleitaly on December 31, 2011:

To me the 50's and 60's very a great time. In my case we didn't have a lot of money but we were rich in friends and family.

blue22d on December 30, 2011:

I was born in 1945 and I love this era. Things moved slower, being a child was less stressful; your right, what was there not to like. GREAT Lens.

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on December 30, 2011:

I love every bit of this lens, and I remember it all, the clothing, bathing suits, hair dos, and crouching under our desks. I think it was our last, turly innocent decade...great nostalgic lens.

Deadicated LM on December 24, 2011:

It was a kinder, gentler nation.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on December 18, 2011:

I was born in 1950, so I was there! I agree with you. Not all of the 50's were "Happy Days", but there were lots of those, too. I would rather watch "Leave it to Beaver" and "Father Knows Best" than the reality shows they have on today. Sometimes an "innocent" world is not so bad. :)

JoshK47 on December 15, 2011:

Very interesting look at days gone by here - blessed by a SquidAngel!

fugeecat lm on December 08, 2011:

I think it might have been scary to grow up in the 50's with the cold war and the nuclear threat.

julieannbrady on December 05, 2011:

Well, I would surely love to have Halcyon days again ... "denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful" ... we could all use a little 'idyllically happy and peaceful;' you know? I particularly miss black and white TV with the tubes you could test individually and the milk man!

gypsyman27 lm on November 25, 2011:

As a fellow baby boomer, I'm glad to see that you know the "good old days" weren't always good. I prefer to live in the 'here and now' and hope for the future. I am a grandfather as well as a single father (I have 2 married daughters along with my 2 young sons that I raised alone) and I don't look back, always forward. See you around the galaxy...

collectors-corner on November 21, 2011:

I am not a child of the 50's but I love that period very much, thanks to 1 grand-aunt whose house was a real museum of that period. Nothing changed in her house, it was like entering the 50's. But yes I guess not everything was cool back then. Still I love the 50's home decor

Ann Hinds from So Cal on November 16, 2011:

I have to agree with your opinion. Hiding under our desks, they did not tell us that if the bomb hit, we would have been vaporized anyway. Still, it was a great time to grow up with freedoms that the kids today can't even understand. Angel blessed

Tagsforkids on October 04, 2011:

I agree. I was just a youngster during the 50's, but there is a lot to be said for those times. We didn't know we were poor, or that we were eating so many terrible things! We turned out just fine though...i think! :-)

anonymous on September 26, 2011:

I agree with you. Sometimes I turn the news off and put on an old I Love Lucy or The Honeymooners'; it takes you away from the reality and makes you laugh. This is a great lens; thank you.

whoisbid lm on September 23, 2011:

Strange seeing the black and white TV. I almost forgot that my parents had one for a while

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on September 19, 2011:

Thanks for taking me back to the days of my youth! Great lens. One tiny error, though. The Cuban Missile Crisis took place not in the 1950's, but in October of 1962. For several days, we literally didn't know when we went to bed at night whether we would see the sun come up the next day..

anonymous on September 02, 2011:

I agree. I grew up in the 50s. Oh, those "duck and cover" drills! At first I was nervous about the possibility of a nuclear attack--but I guess the familiarity of the drills desensitized us! And how about basement bomb shelters! Three choices of channels on a snowy TV wasn't great either! Still, the 50s were a great time to be a kid--I wouldn't trade my childhood for growing up today! Really great lens--thanks for a trip back!

anonymous on August 28, 2011:

No need to be mean, selfish or shocking...those were the days, thanks for the memories!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 20, 2011:

Ah, Baby Boomer memories. How about grape pop and going to the five and dime store?

Pete Schultz on August 12, 2011:

Brings back memories. I remember the clash of radio programming as younger audiences demanded roack and roll...and the introduction of FM radio...and Saturday afternoon matinee's. I remember riding in huge heavy iron cars going much too fast on poor roads and no seat belts. Ah what fun reminiscing!

Louie-Thomas LM on July 25, 2011:

Great lens! I was born in the sixties but my mum always goes on about the 50s!

Gosh, you would have had a lot of fun making this one! I really love the posters and silly movies from the 1950s, plus all the colourful pictures that you have added.Thank you so much for sharing it.

dessertlover on June 24, 2011:

This lens is so wonderful! I looove all the images that you put in here, so great!!

anonymous on June 16, 2011:

the bomb worried me then and now i will always be waiting for them to bomb us just a matter of time .!!!! loved the 50's and always will .i would take those days then todays crazy world we now live in

Nancy Graham on May 30, 2011:

Oh the memories. I can be very nostalgic and I love to look back and remember. Thank you for a great lens.

TwoFriendsTreasures from S.E. Sussex County, Delaware on May 30, 2011:

Love it...captured the feeling of the 1950s...

anonymous on May 28, 2011:

A Special Rock and Roll Memorial Day Blessing to you MickieG for a lens well done!

MargoPArrowsmith on March 30, 2011:

Great lens. There were certainly many things to love about the 50', but also a lot to not like at all. It was a blinders period, which worked if you weren't affected.

But a great time to be a little kid!

jvsper63 on March 16, 2011:

I always say if I could have picked a time to grow up in, it would have been the 50's. Nice lens Joni

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 07, 2011:

Love these posters. What an age, really.

sugunalinus on March 02, 2011:

You have a artistic taste of the past. Fantastaic to share. I am really loving every part of each picture displayed here.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on February 20, 2011:

This was one of my favorite lenses -- yep - I'm a child of the 50s! Returning to tell you it's now 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' my Squidangel blessings by an Elf lens.

hershel01 on February 13, 2011:

The 50's sure took me back, those were such good years even the part about hiding under our desk's, lol like that would save us from an attack, I loved the clothes, the clean cut look of the boys hair cuts, (hair never touching there collar) the dancing music, I miss the homemade meals, all of the 50's was great, wish it were still here without the problems of today.

Sharon Berry from Michigan on February 11, 2011:

So many memories and you brought back some I had forgotten about. Especially the seamed nylons and garter belts. UGH! The fifties was a great era but so much has changed. I'm glad to have lived through them and wouldn't mind going back to the way things were then.

anonymous on February 07, 2011:

I wish I could of lived in the 50s. Now everything is expensive, no jobs, no money. I miss the days when I could walk into a store with my mom and she would get anything she liked. Now she has to check the prices and go to the clearance section and has to buy the cheapest food no matter how bad it tastes. I am only 16 and those days seems much better than today. People didn't seem to worry too much about money. It was all Communists, Health, and personal lives.

Mary from Chicago area on December 24, 2010:

Honestly, being a woman in the '50s doesn't seem that great to me, or being a person of color in that decade. But I was born in the '60s, so I have no firsthand knowledge! Great idea to look at some of the less desirable aspects, to counter all the nostalgia. I'm sure there were many wonderful things about the era, too.

Dianne Loomos on December 20, 2010:

I also loved growing up in the fifties. Yes it wasn't perfect but in many ways it was much better than now. More wholesome, more innocent. Lensrolled to my Baby Boomer lenses.

Dianne Loomos on December 20, 2010:

I also loved growing up in the fifties. Yes it wasn't perfect but in many ways it was much better than now. More wholesome, more innocent. Lensrolled to my Baby Boomer lenses.

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on December 18, 2010:

Yes, I was there in the 50s - thank you for the trip down memory lane. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

javr from British Columbia, Canada on December 08, 2010:

The 50's were just before my time but I grew up enjoying the TV reruns.

tssfacts on December 08, 2010:

I grew-up in the 50's and remember so well the black and white television that gave gray pictures. I also remember the under the desk drills. One of my neighbor had a bomb shelter built in his back yard. I had frosted flakes every morning for breakfast. My those were the days.

reasonablerobby on November 11, 2010:

Some amazing images. I'm a 'Suez baby' - born 1956

rachsue lm on October 27, 2010:

I was not part of the 50's...I am a 70's baby myself. I really enjoyed your lens. I love the artwork you posted. You are right about the shows currently on tv...everything is a reality show. I do miss the shows that weren't 'real'...but to me they were more enjoyable!! Thank you for sharing such a great lens

desilegend on October 22, 2010:

Wasn't born that time yet ... Lovely lens! Especially the selection of posters

anonymous on October 18, 2010:

There was so many things to like about the 50's for me, the baseball of that era was special, the cars were true beasts, with metal that seemed to be indestructible, with few plastic pieces on them. The simple life, yet the terror of knowing the "Ruskies" could blow us off the face of the earth, was a fear we all dealt with back then, a special time for me too! I remember it well.

LabKittyDesign on October 17, 2010:

Two words: 1950s Dentistry. Yeesh.

anonymous on October 11, 2010:

Love your lens, the 50's were great for me,a bicycle was great transportation and the only weapons in the house were a slingshot and my Red Ryder BB gun.

poutine on September 21, 2010:

I do remember a few things that I didn't like: like getting dressed in your best clothes for Sunday and being bored out of my mind on that day, because I didn't do much. I was too afraid of getting dirty.

I remember the school system was extremely strict as we were thought by nuns.

thesuccess2 on September 14, 2010:

Great lens, I remember everything would be shut on a Sunday. Wearing uncomfortable Sunday Best clothes, general gloom etc.

babygirlboutique on September 12, 2010:

What a fun lens! We love the fifties over here-- especially the fashions, of course! Thumbs up from the gals at BGB!

ShamanicShift on September 10, 2010:

This was an entertaining tour of my childhood memories. Wondrous.

GrowWear on September 10, 2010:

Your color scheme reminds me of a black & white TV from the 50s. :)

Mickie Gee (author) on September 06, 2010:

@Wednesday-Elf: Thanks for coming back! And I appreciate the blessing, too.

I added a great website that I found today called "Found in Mom's Basement: Vintage Advertising". It was a hoot and it made me kind of sad, too. Reminds me of the TV series "Mad Men" that I am so addicted to.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on September 04, 2010:

I enjoyed this well done tribute to the 1950's very much when I was here in August. September brought me 'angel wings', so I have returned to 'sprinkle some Squid Angel dust' ~~Blessed~~

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on August 18, 2010:

I grew up in the 50's, and yes, there were many good things, but I surely don't miss the "girdle" and love all the handy new gadgets. But, there will always be great new stuff and fond memories of the old. :)

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on August 17, 2010:

Oh - a lady after my own heart -- memories of being a teenager in the 1950's! Loved the music (hubby loved the cars), hated the scary talk of people building 'bomb shelters'. Lots of things have changed for the better since then; just as many have changed for the worse -- OR changed when they didn't need to change (the original way was really the best way in some respects!) Life WAS simpler back then, I'd have to admit, and also admit that each generation thinks THEIR way of life was the BEST! Still, fun to reminisce. And, Laugh at some of the 'sillies'! Can you imagine cooking today in a dress & frilly little apron, along with high heels and stockings that needed to be held up with a garter belt (and usually a girdle), giving up our comfy T-shirts and jeans?!! Thoroughly enjoyed your 1950's tribute!

eclecticeducati1 on August 07, 2010:

I was born in 1971 so I missed the 50's, but I do remember dressing up like the 50's as young teenager and it was so much fun! I even had my own poodle skirt that my mom made me and saddle oxford shoes. I still remember that my poodle skirt was gray with a pink poodle on it. I even got to learn a few 50's dances. Great lens!

MissPuppy on June 27, 2010:

Good lens! Very interesting fashions (got to love them).

Brookelorren LM on June 21, 2010:

I was at this web site (not the 50s). Sometimes I think that it's very sad where we as a society have ended up.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on June 07, 2010:

Yes, I was there in the 50's and at the time I really loved it but looking back makes us realize that it wasn't all good. I sure don't miss those girdles. lol

Mickie Gee (author) on April 23, 2010:

@HeyVivRetro: Thank for visiting this lens, Viv! I like your lens about How to create 1950's Hairstyles.

HeyVivRetro on April 22, 2010:

Great photos and graphics. I really got a kick looking at the whole lense. The 50's ads have such a colorful style.

Mickie Gee (author) on April 19, 2010:

@anonymous: I hear ya! I - personally - do not remember much before 1955, too. The sixties were much like the fifties until the Beatles came across the ocean to the USA. Then everything changed.

Airinka on April 19, 2010:

It was difficuilt to believe...

anonymous on April 06, 2010:

I was born in 1955...so my memory did not kick in until around 59 but do i remember the great furniture and clothing...my furniture is all 1950's I search for it at thirth stores and antique malls i have a beautiful home . my friends all tell me it is like walking back in time or a time capsule ....and i am a fashion designer and ..I design with the sixties in mind.

Bellezza-Decor from Canada on December 26, 2009:

I love the old 50's posters and yes I agree the 50's appear to have been a much more innocent time.