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In case you were wondering just what it took back in the 1950s to qualify for "Good Wife" Status, Housekeeping Monthly was kind enough to print a set of guidelines in their 1955 May Issue.
Noteworthy: The pictured children do not appear to be screaming, the wife is wearing 3 inch heals and the husband looks like a cross between Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. Of minor interest may be the fact that my sister inherited a stove just like the one in the picture from our Grandma, and I can tell you right off that one does not appear so calm when trying to cook dinner on a 1950s match lit gas stove.
Remember taking off your shoes so you wouldn't mark up the gym floor while you danced?
I don't...but I believe it happened...and
apparently the guys wore shirts like this .
A Fad that stayed: At the start of the 50's, only about 3 million American families had a TV set (black & white, of course), and by 1954 more than half of all U.S. households had purchased the funny buzz box.
Rock N Rollin 50's:
Neon lighting was a popular fixture in outdoor advertising, reaching its peak in popularity in the 1950s. (Found at BettysAttic.com)
To the right: Route 66 Gumball Machine In The Form Of A 1950s-Era Gas Pump. This chrome-trimmed gumball machine is a full-scale replica of a 1950s-era gas pump that dotted the landscape along the legendary Route 66.
Th' reason they call 'em "wonder" drugs-- if you take 'em an' live it's a wonder. November 1, 1950 From The Ada Evening News.
Things a 1950's Housewife might read in the newspaper:
Movies/TV Shows Set in the 1950s
Doris Day Happy Hits 1949-1957
1950's Movies at the IMDB
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1The Bridgeport Sunday Post, April 1, 1951 Bridgeport, Connecticut
2 Daily Herald, July 10, 1955 Chicago, Illinois
3 Mansfield News Journal, June 15, 1955 Mansfield, Ohio