Wonderful Color Photos Show What France Looked Like in the 1950s

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The surge of economic growth that lasted from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s brought extensive changes in French lifestyles and in some of society’s basic structures. As the century neared its end, most French people had come to enjoy greater comfort and security than their forebears; they took for granted automobiles, modern household appliances, and vacation homes in the country, which had been regarded as luxuries not too long before.

Street scenes of France in the 1950s
The French had been converted to installment buying and supermarket shopping; they spent less on food and drink and more on health and leisure. Thanks to the social security system that was expanded after World War II, they were better protected against the hazards of illness, unemployment, and a neglected old age.
These wonderful color photos were taken by gbfernie5 that show street scenes of France in the 1950s.
Azay-le-Rideau. Religious procession, Rue Balzac, France, early 1950s

Arromanches les Bains. Landing Museum, 1958

Arromanches les Bains. Landing Museum, 1958

Arromanches les Bains. Landing Museum, 1958

Cannes. Boulevard de la Croisette, 1958

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