The 1950's were a time of big changes in American culture. "Gone" were the days of The Great Depression and WWII that had so greatly influenced our parents and "In" was an unprecedented economic boom for the U.S.
As a result of the devastating effects of WWII on the economies and factories of the other pre-war industrialized nations, the U.S. was the world's supplier of hard goods. The discretionary income for the average American family was beyond the wildest dreams of our parents and consumerism became the number one trait of our society. And guess who was the major beneficiary of all that wealth? That's right Boomer, it was us, the Baby Boomers!
By the middle of the 1950's, the majority of U.S. homes were being entertained and informed on a daily basis by that thing some referred to as the "idiot box"...Television. Now we could watch live comedy and music shows as well as the McCarthy hearings which dominated all the news early in the decade.
Plus the constant reminder to us that we were under the imminent threat of nuclear attack!
Remember these film clips?
Yet, somehow we survived!
And Here's a List of Many Other Key Events and People of the 50's.
And Wham-O sold over
of these things in 1959!
And the List Could Go On and On
but the Ol' Boomer doesn't want to dominate the discussion...So
Then do it!
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