Thursday, September 15, 2016

17 Found Candid Snapshots of a Beautiful Woman From the Late 1950s and Early '60s

For a woman, were the 1950s and 1960s the best of times or the worst of times?

The life of the average married woman in the 1950s and '60s was very different from that of today’s woman. This was the age of respectability and conformity. Very few women worked after getting married; they stayed at home to raise the children and keep house. The man was considered the head of the household in all things; mortgages, legal documents, bank accounts. Only the family allowance was paid directly to the mother. Should a woman find herself in a loveless or violent marriage, she was trapped; she had no money of her own and no career.

It was still unusual for women to go to university, especially working class women. Most left school and went straight into work until they married. Secondary schools - even grammar schools - prepared girls for this life: lessons were given in cookery, household management, darning, sewing and even how to iron an shirt properly. Girls were trained to look after their husband, their children and the house.

These snapshots below captured daily life of a woman named Ty from the late 1950s and early '60.

(Images via Ryan Khatam)

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