1950s



                       






The wars had almost ended, but the world was still unsafe. In 1950 the Korean War began, Truman ordered the construction of the hydrogen bomb, McCarthy began his Communist witchhunting and the first credit card was introduced. The next year the U.S. signed a peace treaty with Japan, ending World War II, and on the home front color TV was introduced to the public. In 1952 life became safer as a Polio vaccine was created and car seat belts were introduced, though not mandatory. The next year saw the discovery of DNA and Sir Edmund Hillary reached the top of Mount Everest.

In 1954, the first atomic submarine was introduced and the first report came out to say that cigarettes can cause cancer. The next year Disneyland opened and the McDonald's franchise had its start. 1956 was a year of making life easier for everyone as velcro was introduced and the T.V. remote control was invented, letting us change the channels or turn up the volume as Elvis upset everyone by shaking suggestively on the Ed Sullivan show and Grace Kelly married a prince and became a princess. The next year the first satellite, Sputnik was the first shot fired in the greatest show outside earth, as the the space race commenced. In 1958 we had Hula Hoops and Lego bricks to keep the children fascinated, and NASA was founded. The last year of the decade saw Castro become the Western Hemisphere's first Communist dictator, while The Sound of Music opened on Broadway. In women's fashion women wore a full knee-length skirt and there was a brief fling with the sack dress, which was much as it sounds, and expertly parodied on the "I Love Lucy" show, the television hit of the decade. The bobbysoxers flourished for a brief time, characterized by a large collared blouse, poodle skirt, scarf-bound ponytail and saddle shoes. For the boys it was the James Dean and Marlon Brando look of rebels without causes and motorcycle gang members. In the more out of the way places, the trendy coffee shops, held morose Beatniks, all dressed in black, with matching berets, with an audible spritzing of "man" and "like" in every sentence. Hair was generally soft and curly, often short and imaginative. The oddball woman's cut of the decade was the poodle cut, most notably used by Lucille Ball, and for men it was the ducktail, with the hair combed back and a duck's butt made out of a center part. Men also had the crewcut and the flattop, both of which were inspired by the military and were eradicated by the British invasion of the sixties. 15hqql.



1950
1950
Diana Lynn
1950
Paulette Goddard
1950
Virginia McGraw
1950
Diana Lynn
Paulette Goddard
Virginia McGraw


1951
Janet Leigh
1951
Margaret Sheridan
1951
Lana Turner
Janet Leigh
Margaret Sheridan
Lana Turner
1952
1952
Joni James
1952
Ruth Roman
1952
Bridget Bardot
1952
Joni James
Ruth Roman
Bridget Bardot
1953
1953
Bridget Bardot
1953
Jean Hagen
1953
Vera Ellen
1953
Bridget Bardot
Jean hagen
Vera Ellen
1953
Beauty Pageant
1953
1954
1954
Eartha Kitt
1954
Jill Bennett
1954
Marilyn Monroe
1954
Piper Laurie
1954
Eartha Kitt
Jill Bennett
Marilyn Monroe
Piper Laurie
1955
1955
1955
Jill Corey
1955
Mara Corday
1955
1955
Jill Corey
Mara Corday
Poodle
poodle
1956
1956
Esther Williams
1956
Audrey Hepburn
1956
Audrey Hepburn
1956
Esther Williams
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
1957
1957
Jane Morgan
1957
Jayne Mansfield
1957
Sophia Loren
1957
Jane Morgan
Jayne Mansfield
Sophia Loren
1958
1958
Roberta Haynes
1958
Roberta Haynes
1959
1959
Annette Funicello
1959
Donna Douglas
1959
Dorothy Provine
1959
Annette Funicello
Donna Douglas
Dorothy Provine





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