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June 20, 2023

35 Wonderful Photos Show What Life of the US Looked Like in the 1960s

The 1960s was a decade when hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans gave new life to the nation's democratic ideals.

African Americans used sit-ins, freedom rides, and protest marches to fight segregation, poverty, and unemployment. Feminists demanded equal job opportunities and an end to sexual discrimination. Mexican Americans protested discrimination in voting, education, and employment. Native Americans demanded that the government recognize their land claims and the right of tribes to govern themselves. Environmentalists demanded legislation to control the amount of pollution released into the environment.

These wonderful photos were found by chetkresiak that show what life of the US looked like in the 1960s.

Family picnic, 1960, perhaps near Watertown, New York

Howard Johnson's Hotel, maybe Pennsylvania, 1960

Rest stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 1960

Summer beauties in swimsuits, circa 1960, probably Ohio

Traffic jam on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 1960

Two women at Howard Johnson's Hotel, probably Pennsylvania, 1960

Young lovers in Howard Johnon's Hotel, 1960, at or near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Young man in a Volkswagen convertible Beetle, also VW Microbus or van, circa 1960, probably Ohio

Home wedding reception, bride, groom, cake and punch bowl in the kitchen, 1961, probably Ohio

Three mature people lounging on a patio with pigeons, 1961, somewhere in Florida, perhaps Palm Beach

Two handsome young men on a boat docked by the Palm Beach Biltmore Hotel, Florida, 1961

Belgian Waffles, Seattle World's Fair, 1962

Burlington Northern Railroad, 1962, probably South Dakota

Teen boy, Knott's Berry Ghost Town, 1962

Woman on Flying Saucer Ride, Disneyland, 1962

Couple with standard poodles, 1963

Sexy young woman on Hollywood Regency bed, reflection in mirror, 1963

Trailer life, 1963, possibly Ohio

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, 1964

New York City, 1964

Man with limousine, Capitol Building, Washington DC, 1965

Little girl and her mom sitting on a log, 1967, probably Ohio

Mother and son, California, circa 1967

Mother and daughter on swing set, 1968, probably Ohio

People at Pymatuning Beach Park, Pennsylvania, August 1969

Cocktail party ladies, Columbus, Ohio, 1960s

Grandfather and grandchildren on an Allis Chalmers tractor, Ohio, 1960s

Happy woman with chapstick, Columbus, Ohio, 1960s

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 1960s

Ladies in the kitchen, probably Columbus, Ohio, 1960s

Mature couple swimming, 1960s

Patriotic boy and tricycle, probably Columbus, Ohio, 1960s

Sexy young woman and automobiles, 1960s

Two women and cars, probably near Lake Champlain in New York State, 1960

Young couple on the beach, 1960s


  1. Correction: the locomotive pictured is from the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Burlington Northern (CB&Q merged with three other railroads) didn't come along until 1970.

  2. Nice photos. I remember these days; people tried to look presentable, were usually polite, and took pride in their neighborhood. Kids were encouraged to play outside from dawn to dusk, and schools focused on academics. Good times.

  3. While the photos appear wholesome, many people in the 60's didn't like African Americans period. No swimming allowed white only hotels the list goes on and on. In many ways a very difficult time for Blacks. Let's not forget that.




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