|Poodle skirts were the rage! Poodle skirts were usually made of bright colored or plaid fabric and sometimes even had a dog sewn on the bottom of the skirt.
| Girls frequently wore their hair in a ponytail and
Bobbie socks with penny loafers.
| Guys often wore blue jeans with the cuffs rolled up and white t-shirts with the sleeves rolled up.
| School letter jackets or leather jackets completed the cool look.|
Rock 'n' Roll music was here to stay with music legends like Elvis, Chubby Checker, and Fats Domino pumping out catchy tunes on 45rpm records for the jukebox. |
loved to meet at the local malt shop, put a dime in
the jukebox and dance, dance, dance. |
| Sock hops at the high school gym were also the
"in-place" to be.|
|Auto design took on a whole new meaning in the 50's.
Sedans were the family car of choice. They provided plenty of room for family seating and were thought of as economical and safe. Their design was not flashy, but it got the job done. |
| Lightning fast hotrods, however, were the teenage answer to a "set of wheels." No vehicle would be complete without a snazzy hood ornament as a status symbol.
A scary thought in the back of everyone's mind was the fear of catching polio, the disease that could leave a person crippled for life or worse. Some polio victims had to be placed in huge iron lungs, with only their heads visible. In 1955 Jonas Salk had developed a vaccine for polio, and it was declared safe and effective.