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8th Jun '17 11:23:00 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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Anyone who isn't any of these characters are either [[GreaserDelinquents greasers]], {{Beatnik}}s, gas-station attendants, or [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] (who, in this era, wouldn't be caught dead in a rhinestone jumpsuit). With the [[RedScare possible]] exception of the gas station attendants, everyone on that list is a direct threat to the upright morals and values of the era and will not be afforded a spot in the basement bomb shelter when the [[DirtyCommunists Reds]] drop [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons The Big One]]. Meanwhile, Martin Luther King and the burgeoning CivilRightsMovement stride across America, slowed down only by the occasional CorruptHick. [[TheNewRockAndRoll The birth of rock 'n' roll]] took place in this era, to the horror of MoralGuardians, which also showed a resurgence in popularity.

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Anyone who isn't any of these characters are either [[GreaserDelinquents greasers]], {{Beatnik}}s, gas-station gas station attendants, or [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] (who, in this era, wouldn't be caught dead in a rhinestone jumpsuit). With the [[RedScare possible]] exception of the gas station attendants, everyone on that list is a direct threat to the upright morals and values of the era and will not be afforded a spot in the basement bomb shelter when the [[DirtyCommunists Reds]] drop [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons The Big One]]. Meanwhile, Martin Luther King and the burgeoning CivilRightsMovement stride across America, slowed down only by the occasional CorruptHick. [[TheNewRockAndRoll The birth of rock 'n' roll]] took place in this era, to the horror of MoralGuardians, which also showed a resurgence in popularity.
27th May '17 2:11:46 PM nombretomado
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Roughly speaking, the political decade of fifties began with the start of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar in 1950 and ended with the escalation of the VietnamWar in the early 60's. Culturally speaking, it started with the start of ''Series/ILoveLucy'' in 1951 and ended with the release of ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' in 1960, or arguably with the death of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy in 1963. In many ways it is one of the longest cultural "decades" since it covers the whole period between V-J Day to the Kennedy assassination (1945-63). Shifts in this period include 1955-57 as TV ownership reached a tipping point, tailfin cars got REALLY wild, women's skirts got shorter in reaction against the neo-Victorian "New Look" that had started in the late '40s, RockAndRoll started getting serious radio play and the first wave of [[BabiesEverAfter Baby Boomers]] reached JuniorHigh. Another shift was the October 1957 launch of Sputnik which launched the Space Race, the point where the decade's futurism and science-fiction dreams went into government policy.

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Roughly speaking, the political decade of fifties began with the start of UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar in 1950 and ended with the escalation of the VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar in the early 60's. Culturally speaking, it started with the start of ''Series/ILoveLucy'' in 1951 and ended with the release of ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' in 1960, or arguably with the death of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy in 1963. In many ways it is one of the longest cultural "decades" since it covers the whole period between V-J Day to the Kennedy assassination (1945-63). Shifts in this period include 1955-57 as TV ownership reached a tipping point, tailfin cars got REALLY wild, women's skirts got shorter in reaction against the neo-Victorian "New Look" that had started in the late '40s, RockAndRoll started getting serious radio play and the first wave of [[BabiesEverAfter Baby Boomers]] reached JuniorHigh. Another shift was the October 1957 launch of Sputnik which launched the Space Race, the point where the decade's futurism and science-fiction dreams went into government policy.
16th Apr '17 1:06:49 PM nombretomado
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* RedScare[=/=]MnogoNukes: You really don't understand the RedScare hysteria of this period until you get the "bomber gap": the perception that the Soviets had thousands of nuclear-armed bombers ready to unleash fiery death on American cities, largely caused by an atrocious quality of the American intelligence, which the Soviets managed to fool parading the same few bombers around.[[note]]In TheFifties U.S.S.R. had 200 strategic bombers, tops, in all. Their missiles weren't much better. Although the Tu-95 bomber, the iconic ''Bear'', was introduced in '55, and the world's first ICBM, the famous R-7, put a satellite in orbit in '57, both didn't actually reach their full potential until the [[TheSixties early-to-mid-Sixties]]. And the R-7 was a lousy ICBM anyway, and was quickly relegated to to the SpaceRace, being replaced by the newer, more advanced military missiles.[[/note]]

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* RedScare[=/=]MnogoNukes: You really don't understand the RedScare hysteria of this period until you get the "bomber gap": the perception that the Soviets had thousands of nuclear-armed bombers ready to unleash fiery death on American cities, largely caused by an atrocious quality of the American intelligence, which the Soviets managed to fool parading the same few bombers around.[[note]]In TheFifties U.S.S.R. had 200 strategic bombers, tops, in all. Their missiles weren't much better. Although the Tu-95 bomber, the iconic ''Bear'', was introduced in '55, and the world's first ICBM, the famous R-7, put a satellite in orbit in '57, both didn't actually reach their full potential until the [[TheSixties early-to-mid-Sixties]]. And the R-7 was a lousy ICBM anyway, and was quickly relegated to to the SpaceRace, UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace, being replaced by the newer, more advanced military missiles.[[/note]]
4th Mar '17 11:49:42 AM nombretomado
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* MarlonBrando made his name threatening the status quo as a bikers in:

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* MarlonBrando Creator/MarlonBrando made his name threatening the status quo as a bikers in:
26th Feb '17 6:26:29 PM Gibblejip
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* DriveInTheater: Young people took their date to see a cheesy B-movie from the comfort of their own car.

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* DriveInTheater: Young people took their date dates to see a cheesy B-movie from the comfort of their own car.



** Paris was the buzzword for sophistication in this decade. Following it's liberation, the city immediately went back to business as if the Germans never invaded the city at all. With cafés filled to the brim with writers and intellectuals, fashion boutiques displaying the cutting-edge "New Look" dresses, films always showing [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench la Tour d'Eiffel]] [[TheEiffelTowerEffect wherever they're set]], and people walking with their poodles on the street.

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** Paris was the buzzword for sophistication in this decade. Following it's its liberation, the city immediately went back to business as if the Germans never invaded the city at all. With cafés filled to the brim with writers and intellectuals, fashion boutiques displaying the cutting-edge "New Look" dresses, films always showing [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench la Tour d'Eiffel]] [[TheEiffelTowerEffect wherever they're set]], and people walking with their poodles on the street.



* MusicOfTheFifties: As the world was starting to calm down a bit despite [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar the tensions]] after [[WorldWarTwo a worldwide conflict]], [[Music/RockAndRoll a new sound]] suddenly pulled in the youth, and caused a great sensation that would leave it's mark on history. Genres include:

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* MusicOfTheFifties: As the world was starting to calm down a bit despite [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar the tensions]] after [[WorldWarTwo a worldwide conflict]], [[Music/RockAndRoll a new sound]] suddenly pulled in the youth, and caused a great sensation that would leave it's its mark on history. Genres include:
12th Feb '17 1:25:48 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Radio/TheArchers''
11th Feb '17 5:17:34 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Literature/AConfederateGeneralFromBigSur'', a famous Creator/RichardBrautigan novel, is set in 1957. It was first published in 1964.
9th Jan '17 7:50:46 AM alnair20aug93
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* FiftiesHair: Hair was groomed and wavy in this era, so get your combs, brushes, and pomade ready should a single strand gets out of place.



* FiftiesHair: Hair was groomed and wavy in this era, so get your combs, brushes, and pomade ready should a single strand gets out of place.
7th Jan '17 2:59:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/The5000FingersOfDrT'' (1953) the only live-action film by Creator/DrSeuss, possibly the most [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs bizarre film made]] in the Fifties itself. Its child star, Tommy Rettig, went on to star in ''Series/{{Lassie}}'' (see above). Think ''Film/ReturnToOz'' meets ''LeaveItToBeaver'' meets ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' meets ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' (you know... for kids!)

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* ''Film/The5000FingersOfDrT'' (1953) the only live-action film by Creator/DrSeuss, possibly the most [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs bizarre film made]] in the Fifties itself. Its child star, Tommy Rettig, went on to star in ''Series/{{Lassie}}'' (see above). Think ''Film/ReturnToOz'' meets ''LeaveItToBeaver'' ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' meets ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' meets ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' (you know... for kids!)
5th Jan '17 2:30:38 PM rafi
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** ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton''. First Supergirl story. Published in May, 1959.
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