The 1950’s are considered to be a golden era in United States history, a time where happiness and prosperity continued to flourish, regardless of the threats of nuclear war, racial segregation and the looming Cold War in the midst.
Most photos from that time frame are usually in black and white, yet color photography was also present at the time even though it was quite a rarity. The film was also really expensive for most people, since the pictures below are in such vivid color. This highlights that they’re more relatable and makes the 50’s feel like it wasn’t really 60 years ago at all.
The photos below were collected by Denis Fraevich, a New Yorker of Russian descent who enjoys bringing the era back to life. “The pictures were found at auctions, flea markets and yards, digitized and posted on the Internet,” he told Bored Panda. “Someone’s happy life, someone’s dreams, important events, holidays and travel, for some reason were thrown into the garbage and became penny goods in a neighborhood sale. Seeing this is incredibly sad, but thanks to enthusiasts who buy and digitize old slides, we can raise the curtain of time and look at that era through the eyes of ordinary Americans.”
Denis took it up as a hobby to search for these photos, since he is really interested in all things American and also has a passion for history, abandoned places and classic American cars like the ones in the photos below. “I am amazed at how often a car is present in the frame,” he said. “They obviously occupied a much more important position in the life of an American than in our time. Today, it is much less likely that someone would take pictures of their car or television.” Denis is employed as a Russian-speaking tour guide in NYC, which you can find here if you translate it from Russian.
Scroll down to check out the pictures below, it might just encourage you to dig out that old leather jacket and buy a classic muscle car!
#1 Colored Entrance, Alabama, 1956
#2 Ladylike In Nyc, 1958
#3 My Very Cool Grandpa In The 1950s Holding A Fish, Smoking A Cigarette, With A Book Tucked Into His Pants And Cigarette Pack In His Sleeve
#4 A Drink, A Cigar And Not Giving A Good Goddamn, 1950s
#5 An Officer With Hot Foot Teddy, The Real-Life Inspiration For Smokey The Bear, 1950
#6 Girl And Her Grandmother Window-Shopping In Mobile, Alabama, 1956
#7 James Dean At A California Gas Station With His Silver Porsche 550 Spyder, Named “Little Bastard,” Just Hours Before His Fatal Crash. September 30, 1955
#8 My Grandma Had Such A Gorgeous Smile. 1950’s
#9 Store Front, Mobile, Alabama, 1956
#10 Daytona Beach,1957
#11 Girl Portrait. Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956
#12 A Slightly Surrealistic Photo Of My Grandma And Some Dude Somewhere In Florida, 1957
#13 Alabama, 1956
#14 The Streets Of San Francisco. 1957
#15 Anne St. Marie, New York City, 1959
#16 Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956
#17 Showgirls Playing Chess Backstage At The Latin Quarter Nightclub – New York, NY (1958)
#18 Child In A Car Seat
#19 Lady In Red
#20 At The Party, 1956