History UsefulNotes / TheFifties

18th Jun '17 10:19:12 AM nombretomado
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* People went to movies all the time... there being no other way to see them. A night out at the 'movie palace' would involve not only the feature but a short animated cartoon (this is where WaltDisney and the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes got their start) and sometimes still a newsreel, although TV news broadcasts were quickly rendering them obsolete. Kids especially spent part of every Saturday at the local kiddie show theater watching [[BMovie B-movies]]. It was cheap, it was fun, and it was safe.

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* People went to movies all the time... there being no other way to see them. A night out at the 'movie palace' would involve not only the feature but a short animated cartoon (this is where WaltDisney Creator/WaltDisney and the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes got their start) and sometimes still a newsreel, although TV news broadcasts were quickly rendering them obsolete. Kids especially spent part of every Saturday at the local kiddie show theater watching [[BMovie B-movies]]. It was cheap, it was fun, and it was safe.
27th May '17 2:05:41 PM nombretomado
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* The [[YanksWithTanks military]], on the other hand, embraced nuclear weapons to a somewhat alarming extent. The nuclear bomb had ended the last great conflict, so it was only logical to them that the next one would ''start'' with them. Both the air force and the army structured themselves around the assumption that on Day 1 of a Soviet attack on Western Europe, the President would authorize and the airforce would execute [[NukeEm a massive nuclear attack]] against the entire communist bloc that was both strategic (ie: nuking cities) and tactical (nuking armies) in nature. Then the army would mop-up any remaining resistance. In fact, one famous military theorist, Herman Kahn, derided this plan in High Command's faces that it was more having a "wargasm" than fighting in a realistic way. Naturally, the adoption of this idea came at the detriment of US conventional forces, something which would come back to bite them in the VietnamWar [[note]]In an incident refered to as the "Revolt of the Admirals", the government came close to almost completely dismantling the Navy and the Marine Corps on the assumption that they are not very useful in a nuclear slugfest (this was before the invention of ICBM-carrying "boomer" submarines) until a group of US Admirals publicly ripped congress a new one in the press[[/note]]. Interestingly this nuclear craze also characterised UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev and his.... [[WhatAnIdiot unique]]... approach to warfare. Soviet conventional forces suffered similar cuts and neglect under his rule and would only recover at about the same time as the USA's, under UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev in the late '60s.

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* The [[YanksWithTanks military]], on the other hand, embraced nuclear weapons to a somewhat alarming extent. The nuclear bomb had ended the last great conflict, so it was only logical to them that the next one would ''start'' with them. Both the air force and the army structured themselves around the assumption that on Day 1 of a Soviet attack on Western Europe, the President would authorize and the airforce would execute [[NukeEm a massive nuclear attack]] against the entire communist bloc that was both strategic (ie: nuking cities) and tactical (nuking armies) in nature. Then the army would mop-up any remaining resistance. In fact, one famous military theorist, Herman Kahn, derided this plan in High Command's faces that it was more having a "wargasm" than fighting in a realistic way. Naturally, the adoption of this idea came at the detriment of US conventional forces, something which would come back to bite them in the VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar [[note]]In an incident refered to as the "Revolt of the Admirals", the government came close to almost completely dismantling the Navy and the Marine Corps on the assumption that they are not very useful in a nuclear slugfest (this was before the invention of ICBM-carrying "boomer" submarines) until a group of US Admirals publicly ripped congress a new one in the press[[/note]]. Interestingly this nuclear craze also characterised UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev and his.... [[WhatAnIdiot unique]]... approach to warfare. Soviet conventional forces suffered similar cuts and neglect under his rule and would only recover at about the same time as the USA's, under UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev in the late '60s.
16th Apr '17 5:33:38 PM nombretomado
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* Comedy, meanwhile, was quietly undergoing a revolution, moving away from slapstick and 'big punchlines' toward a more cerebral, deadpan style, led by the likes of Radio/BobAndRay, StanFreberg and Ernie Kovacs. It would take some while before this was reflected on your average SitCom, though.

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* Comedy, meanwhile, was quietly undergoing a revolution, moving away from slapstick and 'big punchlines' toward a more cerebral, deadpan style, led by the likes of Radio/BobAndRay, StanFreberg Creator/StanFreberg and Ernie Kovacs. It would take some while before this was reflected on your average SitCom, though.
25th Dec '16 3:14:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* Blue denim (jeans were at this point more often called 'dungarees' or just 'Levis') was for the first time widely available as casual wear, as opposed to work or prison uniforms. Levis quickly gained a rep as sexy and rebellious with teens and young adults after James Dean wore them in ''RebelWithoutACause''.

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* Blue denim (jeans were at this point more often called 'dungarees' or just 'Levis') was for the first time widely available as casual wear, as opposed to work or prison uniforms. Levis quickly gained a rep as sexy and rebellious with teens and young adults after James Dean wore them in ''RebelWithoutACause''.''Film/RebelWithoutACause''.
25th Dec '16 3:14:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* As for men, blue-collar labourers wore what was known as "work clothes" -- usually cotton shirts and trousers. Many never owned a suit, and very few men generally spent their leisure hours in a tie as per ''FatherKnowsBest''. It was actually very common for off-duty dads in the Fifties to hang around the house wearing a stained undershirt with holes in it and a pair of worn-out work pants, since the only casual wear they could afford was their cast-off work clothes.

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* As for men, blue-collar labourers wore what was known as "work clothes" -- usually cotton shirts and trousers. Many never owned a suit, and very few men generally spent their leisure hours in a tie as per ''FatherKnowsBest''.''Series/FatherKnowsBest''. It was actually very common for off-duty dads in the Fifties to hang around the house wearing a stained undershirt with holes in it and a pair of worn-out work pants, since the only casual wear they could afford was their cast-off work clothes.
28th Oct '16 10:06:56 AM gemmabeta2
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* Nobody particularly worried about kids overdosing on sugar or rotting their teeth with it: meals were generally healthy to begin with. The emphasis -- especially for women -- was on avoiding "sweets" because they put on weight, not out of any particular nutritional concern.

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* Nobody particularly worried about kids overdosing on sugar or rotting their teeth with it: meals were generally healthy to begin with. Snack foods were proportionally more expensive than today (so they remained occasional treats rather than being part of the daily diet) and each serving generally contained less sugar and fat. The emphasis -- especially for women -- was on avoiding "sweets" because they put on weight, not out of any particular nutritional concern.
17th Jun '16 8:22:41 PM gewunomox
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* Music-wise, radio played all kinds of novelty and other crap we wouldn't even recognize today -- and all kinds of relatively good stuff that we also wouldn't recognize today. [[ElvisPresley Elvis]] and RockAndRoll blew everything else out of the water, to the point that even the best pre-Elvis Fifties music is more obscure than it deserves to be. Popular music included cool jazz, big band/swing, pop music (although we'd probably call it "easy listening" -- think Doris Day and Dean Martin), Hawaiian music (wildly popular in the Fifties), and ''sometimes'' classical (but only the "big hits" -- a real classical aficionado went to the symphony instead). Also popular was anything that smacked of the exotic, whether it was authentic or not -- Yma Sumac, tiki drums, bogus African rhythms (basically the BarryWhite of the Fifties), and the like. On the other hand, hot jazz, soul, blues, and other music popular among blacks was considered "race music" and wasn't available in most record shops.

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* Music-wise, radio played all kinds of novelty and other crap we wouldn't even recognize today -- and all kinds of relatively good stuff that we also wouldn't recognize today. [[ElvisPresley Elvis]] and RockAndRoll blew everything else out of the water, to the point that even the best pre-Elvis Fifties music is more obscure than it deserves to be. Popular music included cool jazz, big band/swing, pop music (although we'd probably call it "easy listening" -- think Doris Day and Dean Martin), Hawaiian music (wildly popular in the Fifties), and ''sometimes'' classical (but only the "big hits" -- a real classical aficionado went to the symphony instead). Also popular was anything that smacked of the exotic, whether it was authentic or not -- Yma Sumac, tiki drums, bogus African rhythms (basically the BarryWhite Music/BarryWhite of the Fifties), and the like. On the other hand, hot jazz, soul, blues, and other music popular among blacks was considered "race music" and wasn't available in most record shops.
18th Jan '16 10:53:01 PM TheFuzzinator
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** It was taken as obvious that marriage would last unto death, and most often it did. Divorce rates in the Fifties seem almost phenomenally low compared to more recent years, although whether this was due to people taking their specific relationships more seriously, or whether they were simply more conditioned to marriage as a concept, is still debated. While much easier to obtain than of old, divorce was still socially quite risque, and if children were involved the assumption was that the couple would, and should, make every effort to stay together for them.

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** It was taken as obvious that marriage would last unto death, and most often it did. Divorce rates in the Fifties seem almost phenomenally low compared to more recent years, although whether this was due to people taking their specific relationships more seriously, or whether they were simply more conditioned to marriage as a concept, is still debated. While much easier to obtain than of old, divorce was still socially quite risque, and if children were involved the assumption was that the couple would, and should, make every effort to stay together for them. Disturbingly, DomesticAbuse often wasn't seen as a valid reason for divorce, and unless the husband was a drunk, it was often assumed to be [[DoubleStandard the wife's fault]].
2nd Jan '16 8:56:53 PM gemmabeta2
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* The [[YanksWithTanks military]], on the other hand, embraced nuclear weapons to a somewhat alarming extent. The nuclear bomb had ended the last great conflict, so it was only logical to them that the next one would ''start'' with them. Both the airforce and the army structured themselves around the assumption that on Day 1 of a Soviet attack on Western Europe, the President would authorize and the airforce would execute [[NukeEm a massive nuclear attack]] against the entire communist bloc that was both strategic (ie: nuking cities) and tactical (nuking armies) in nature. Then the army would mop-up any remaining resistance. In fact, one famous military theorist, Herman Kahn, derided this plan in High Command's faces that it was more having a "wargasm" than fighting in a realistic way. Naturally, the adoption of this idea came at the detriment of US conventional forces, something which would come back to bite them in the VietnamWar. Interestingly this nuclear craze also characterised UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev and his.... [[WhatAnIdiot unique]]... approach to warfare. Soviet conventional forces suffered similar cuts and neglect under his rule and would only recover at about the same time as the USA's, under UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev in the late '60s.

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* The [[YanksWithTanks military]], on the other hand, embraced nuclear weapons to a somewhat alarming extent. The nuclear bomb had ended the last great conflict, so it was only logical to them that the next one would ''start'' with them. Both the airforce air force and the army structured themselves around the assumption that on Day 1 of a Soviet attack on Western Europe, the President would authorize and the airforce would execute [[NukeEm a massive nuclear attack]] against the entire communist bloc that was both strategic (ie: nuking cities) and tactical (nuking armies) in nature. Then the army would mop-up any remaining resistance. In fact, one famous military theorist, Herman Kahn, derided this plan in High Command's faces that it was more having a "wargasm" than fighting in a realistic way. Naturally, the adoption of this idea came at the detriment of US conventional forces, something which would come back to bite them in the VietnamWar.VietnamWar [[note]]In an incident refered to as the "Revolt of the Admirals", the government came close to almost completely dismantling the Navy and the Marine Corps on the assumption that they are not very useful in a nuclear slugfest (this was before the invention of ICBM-carrying "boomer" submarines) until a group of US Admirals publicly ripped congress a new one in the press[[/note]]. Interestingly this nuclear craze also characterised UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev and his.... [[WhatAnIdiot unique]]... approach to warfare. Soviet conventional forces suffered similar cuts and neglect under his rule and would only recover at about the same time as the USA's, under UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev in the late '60s.
26th Oct '15 11:37:47 AM TheFuzzinator
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* Most people owned much less clothing than we do. A young woman would likely own two blouses, one skirt, one jacket, one pair of shoes, seven changes of underwear, one nightie, a slip (look it up), and two or three pairs of hose that she'd have to make last for months. She would also have at least one hat, since it was actually a requirement at the time that women wear hats in church. She might also have a casual shirt and a pair of jeans, and likely a winter coat, gloves, and boots in a cold climate. This means that she'd have to wear her clothing at least three or four times between washings. Stockings were held up by a garter belt, and for adult women a girdle (basically a less restrictive, boning-free corset) was ''de rigueur''.

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* Most people owned much less clothing than we do. A young woman would likely own two blouses, one skirt, one jacket, one pair of shoes, seven changes of underwear, one nightie, a slip (look it up), and two or three pairs of hose that she'd have to make last for months. She would also have at least one hat, since it was actually a requirement at the time that women wear hats in church. She might also have a casual shirt and a pair of jeans, and likely a winter coat, gloves, and boots in a cold climate. This means that she'd have to wear her clothing at least three or four times between washings. Stockings were held up by a garter belt, and for adult women a girdle (basically a less restrictive, boning-free corset) was ''de rigueur''. Those who could afford it had a "good" dress, worn to church and on dates, and rarely for any other purpose. As fashions tended to change from year to year, sometimes quite drastically, girls and women also had to be good at altering their clothing to fit the current style. Younger chidlren usually had their older siblings' hand-me-downs, and rarely got new clothing (save for, perhaps, what would be worn to church). Likewise, there was a large divide between "school clothes" and "play clothes", the latter of which were usually what the former would become, once they were worn out and and no longer fit right. ("School clothes" for children usually consisted of one, ''maybe'' two outfits.)
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