The United States in the 1950s experienced marked economic growth – with an increase in manufacturing and home construction amongst a post–World War II economic expansion. The 1950s in the United States are generally considered both socially conservative and highly materialistic in nature. The 1950s are noted in United States history as a time of compliance, conformity and also, to a lesser extent, of rebellion.
The 1960s were one of the most tumultuous and divisive decades in world history, marked by the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and antiwar protests, political assassinations and the emerging “generation gap.”
These fascinating Kodachrome slides were found by Bousquairol’s Gallery that show what life of the United States looked like in the 1950s and 1960s.
A beauty contest at Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon, circa 1950s