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May 1, 2021

Life of the U.S. in the 1950s and ’60s Through Fascinating Kodachrome Slides

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

Barefoot selfie, circa 1950s

Baseball match, circa 1950s

Boy on a red Triumph motorcycle, circa 1950s

Harold's club in Reno, Nevada, circa 1950s

Motorway tollbooth, circa 1950s

Pepsi-Cola, circa 1950s

Sunbathing, circa 1950s

Tennis woman, circa 1950s

The attendant, circa 1950s

L. Wetzel airport dedication, Curtis Municipal Airport, Nebraska, 9th September, 1951

A beautiful brunette, 1952 rodeo queen, Nebraska

A Nash Ambassador car in Curtis, Nebraska, 1952

Four young guys in a green 1952 Chevrolet in Hawaii, circa 1952

Grocery store in Rosamond, California, July 1952

A man washing his white Pontiac Catalina car in Florida, 1953

Crazy Horse statue in the Black Hills area, Hill City, Dakota, August 1953

Surfcomber Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, 1953

Three Nash Ambassador cars, Nebraska, August 1953

Lynda with a yellow dress, her friend and a dog, July 1954

E79 Street/Madison Avenue, New York, circa 1955

Pinup girl, circa 1955

Two women and a men at their trailer, 1958

A big trailer in San Francisco, California, June 1959

Boys in a Burger King restaurant, circa 1960s

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, circa 1960s

Hotel Sacaton, Casa Grande, Arizona (Former Greyhound bus terminal in the later years), circa 1960s

Speed Limit 35, Lincoln, Nebraska, circa 1960

A car in front of the National Headquarters, The American Legion in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 1962

Lincoln street scenes, Nebraska, October 1962

Denver, Colorado, 1963

Larimer street, Denver, Colorado, 1963

Larimer street, Denver, Colorado, 1963

Red Oldsmobile Dynamic 88, December 1963

Son and father cleaning the window, November 1963

Standard Gas Station, Lincoln, Nebraska, January 1964

A man waiting the "Alcatraz Island Day Tour", February 1965

Airstream in front of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, 1965

British racing green Austin Healey 3000, June 1965

Buick Wildcat coupe in Minnesota, April 1965

Grand Central Parkway (near Exit 9E), New York, June 1965

Hyde Street, San Francisco, California, February 1965

Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California, February 1965

San Francisco California 1 Shoreline Highway, February 1965

Along road at Saguaro Park, Arizona, June 14, 1967

Old Absinthe House Bar, 400 Bourbon street, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1968

Two cars along a street in New Orleans area, Louisiana, August 1968


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