50 Amazing Vintage Photos From the 1950s Volume 12

The 1950s (pronounced nineteen-fifties; commonly abbreviated as the “Fifties” or the ” ’50s”) (among other variants) was a decade that began on January 1, 1950, and ended on December 31, 1959.

Throughout the decade, the world continued its recovery from World War II, aided by the post-World War II economic expansion. The period also saw great population growth with increased birth rates and the emergence of the baby boomer generation. Despite this recovery, the Cold War developed from its modest beginnings in the late 1940s to a heated competition between the Soviet Union and the United States by the early 1960s. The ideological clash between communism and capitalism dominated the decade, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, with conflicts including the Korean War in the early 1950s, the Cuban Revolution, the beginning of the Vietnam War in French Indochina, and the beginning of the Space Race with the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957. Along with increased testing of nuclear weapons (such as RDS-37 and Upshot–Knothole), the tense geopolitical situation created a politically conservative climate. In the United States, a wave of anti-communist sentiment known as the Second Red Scare resulted in Congressional hearings by both houses in Congress. The beginning of decolonization in Africa and Asia also took place in this decade and accelerated in the following decade. (Wikipedia)

Elvis Presley Reading Fan Mail in His Suite at the Warwick Hotel in New York City, 1956
On the Staten Island Ferry approaching Manhattan, 1951.

Marlon Brando in New York, 1950.
Carhops at night, Carl’s drive-in, S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, August 16, 1953.
Dean Martin and Audrey Hepburn on the Paramount Pictures lot, 1954.

Brigitte Bardot in front of the Eiffel Tower, 1954.
Susan Hayward at Cannes Film Festival, 1956.
French film actress Anouk Aimée at 18, 1950.
Window shopping for a new Chevy in 1950.
Shirley Anne Field was “Miss Great Britain” in 1955.
Los Angeles police officers and a skeleton named ‘Mr. Statistic’ used to warn drivers about traffic fatalities back in 1952.
Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe (both 30 years-old at the time and born 10 days apart) meet in London, 1956.
“Miss Los Angeles” contestants, 1954.
Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook from 1950.
Sophia Loren, Yvonne De Carlo and Gina Lollobrigida, in 1954.
1955 Ad for Hairnets: “Net Your Man”

Photo of Einstein’s office taken only hours after he died, April 1955.
Mobile telephone in 1959.
Marilyn Monroe working out in 1952.
A young Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre in 1955, before she shortened her name to just Cher.
Women’s pipe smoking club in Chicago. 1954
Baby riding in the front seat of a car, 1952.
Barmaid, NYC, 1950.
Havana, Cuba, 1954.
Sophia Loren, Venice 1955

Ella Fitzgerald (right) in a Texas jail cell after she and Dizzy Gillespie were arrested for “throwing dice” in her dressing room. 1955
Elvis Presley signing autographs backstage in Cleveland. Ohio, October 20, 1955.
Elvis Presley and Bill “Rock Around the Clock” Haley on October 20, 1955, during the filming of the inexplicably lost documentary, The Pied Piper of Cleveland.
Children play barefoot in a cactus garden on the Canary Islands, 1955.
Arizona cowboys play sports to pass the time in Phoenix, 1955
A man examines the teeth of a 10-month-old Alaskan Malamute puppy near the South Pole, 1957.
Women in bright dress walk by a fountain with the Taj Mahal in the background, 1959.
Ballet dancers appear in a love scene from Phedre by Jean Cocteau in Paris, 1952.
Motorists pass people on a scenic road atop a cliff overlooking a bay near Trieste, Italy, 1956
A women’s water ski team lifts skis while being towed at 23 mph on Darts Lake in New York, 1
A shielded dummy in a basement for atomic bomb testing in Nevada, March 1953.
A woman walks a dachshund across pavement with undulating wave patterns in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 1955.
A Civil Air Patrol rescue team aids a pilot whose plane was downed outside of Long Island, May 1956.
James Dean in 1950.
Zsa Zsa Gabor and Buster Keaton at the Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1959.
Janet Leigh at the Flamingo, 1953.
James Dean making his mark, 1955.
Jayne Mansfield takes a licking, circa mid-1950s.
Bookmobile in Virginia, ca. 1950s.
James Dean trying to get the perfect camera angle, 1950s.
A very happy little French girl holding her kitty, 1959.
Tab Hunter working out with a trainer at the Beverly Hills Club in the late 1950s.
A couple share a cigarette under a street lamp in a snow-covered Central Park, 1957.
Cars in a tight fit, on a narrow road, in the snow, Idaho, 1952.
Marilyn Monroe on the set of ‘River of No Return’, 1953.

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