The 1950s - The Golden Age of Capitalism Era

Take a blast to the past as we explore our history, decade by decade. What traditions have stuck?
What fashion trends have returned? What games do we still play? A lot can happen in 100 years!

popular dresses in the 1950s with bright colors and defined waists
  • Attire

    Fashion was exciting and diverse. New colors, fresh silhouettes and different style options for different personalities. Chic retro style and playful looks, including those of the pin-up and rockabilly subcultures. Key designs for the decade included dresses with cinched waists, pencil skirts, poodle skirts, gingham and polka dot garments, cropped sweaters and cardigans, and much more. A feminine, exaggerated hourglass silhouette. The birth of the teenage culture, a distinction between youth fashion and more mature styles also developed.

  • Music & Dance

    Jitterbug, or swing, Lindy, the rock'n'roll, boogie-woogie or Bop. The word Bop was new then, so almost everything was called the Bop. But that word usually referred to a family of low swiveling Charleston-like steps danced in place, sometimes without a partner.

    Rock and roll dominated popular music in the mid 1950s and late 1950s, and quickly spread to much of the rest of the world.

  • Famous Faces Born

    ● Oprah Winfrey ● Tom Hanks ● Robin Williams ● Michael Jackson ● Simon Cowell ● Stevie Wonder ● Karen Carpenter ● Princess Anne

  • Popular Food

    ● Chicken A La King ● Green Bean Casserole ● Chiffon Cake ● TV Dinners ● Snowballs ● Relish tray ● Meatloaf ● Deviled Eggs ● Baked Alaska ● Tuna Casserole ● Welsh Rabbit ● Souffle ● Roast Lamb ● Canapes ● Pork Chops

  • Art

    There are many art movements that had started in the 1950s and reached their peak in decades after. Notably, the most important movement was abstract expressionism, but it influenced the many art practices worldwide, like Modern sculpture, Pop Art, Art Informel, and Lyrical Abstraction

    Our Art Throbs Club will be painting famous artwork and sketching fashions of the decade.

  • Fun Facts

    ● The first credit card (Diners) invented by Ralph Schneider ● 1951 - Super glue was invented ● 1953 - Radial tires were invented ● 1954 - “The pill” oral contraceptive was invented ● 1956 - The first computer hard disk was used

  • Popular Games

    ● Yahtzee ● Risk ● Play dough ● Hula Hoop ● Frisbee

  • Popular Movies

    ● The Ten Commandments ● House of Wax ● In A Lonely Place ● Cinderella ● To Catch a Thief ● East of Eden ● Sabrina (The Original) ● Red Balloon ● Giant ● War and Peace