In the 1950s, children largely played with each other and outside. They roamed and explored the great outdoors, picked wildflowers and blackberries, played dress-up, fished, read books and climbed trees. The most important toy they had were their imaginations.Continue Reading
When kids did play with toys, those toys were simple. For example, marbles and jacks were popular, as were skipping ropes, bicycles, balls and bats, and ball throwers and catchers. The jigsaw puzzle was just becoming popular, although it was still a pricey toy.
Some of the newer toys of the time included carpentry sets. These contained real, well-made tools suitable for children. Girls enjoyed doll tea sets so that they could have tea parties just like adults. Children enjoyed dolls and models of boats and trains.
Around 1955, toys branched out to include Disney-themed products such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse buckets. There were even toys designed to be played with inside. For instance, miniature coloring books were produced. There were board games available such as chess. A whole host of summer toys were made especially for those vacationing near the water. One such toy was the beach ball. Soon buckets and spades made the scene, and children had the opportunity to construct magnificent sand castles.Learn more about US History
The clothing of the 1950s emphasized cultural conformity and gender differences. Women wore clothes that emphasized their feminine figures, including full A-line skirts, which emphasized the width of the hips, as well as corsets, to give the appearance of a small feminine waist. Makeup was kept simple except for red lips on special occasions. Men most commonly wore gray, navy and black suits and kept their hair short.Full Answer >
Consumerism in the 1950s was on the rise thanks to wartime production carried on by those not fighting in World War II. Soldiers returning home from war were pleasantly surprised to find a much more stable economy than when they left.Full Answer >
The 1950s were a time of prosperity in America because of the economic boom after the end of the Great Depression, and home ownership was considered the epitome of the American dream. America saw increased material wealth and the growth of suburbs and automobile production.Full Answer >
Popular songs in the 1950s include rock-and-roll classics like Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue." "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams was a country hit. Slow, soulful songs like Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" were also popular.Full Answer >