The Fifties have a particular place in our collective imagination: the decade of elegance and sophistication, of the economic boom, of “the Golden Age” of radio, of the birth of rock and roll, of the beginnings of television, and the dawn of commercial air travel.
However, these iconic characteristics of the Fifties represent only one side of the decade, inspired by the bright and optimistic eagerness for change that spread all over Europe after the Second World War ended. The Cold War, the fear of a nuclear conflict, the authoritarian regimes in Spain and Portugal, a divided Germany, and a controlling conservative society were also part of European citizens’ everyday life.
These wonderful photos were taken by huebner family photos that show street scenes of Europe countries such as West Germany, Czechoslovakia, France, Belgium, England, Scotland in 1958.
Belgium. British pavilion at Expo 58, the World’s Fair in Brussels, August 1958
Belgium. Outside the Czechoslovak pavilion at Expo 58, the World’s Fair in Brussels, August 1958
Belgium.Japanese pavilion at Expo 58, the World’s Fair in Brussels, August 1958
Czechoslovakia. A Velorex three-wheeled car parked somewhere in southern Moravia, July 1958
Czechoslovakia. Column of the Holy Trinity (completed 1754), Olomouc, July 1958