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1950s

Seeing Double: A Look Back at Wrigley’s Doublemint Twin...

September 19, 2018

Jean Sagal, Liz Sagal (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) The Wrigley Company, a chewing gum manufacturer, introduced its “double strength” p...

NASCAR in the 1950s

September 9, 2018

The very first beach race was in 1936 in Daytona.Daytona Beach is the starting place of every season in NASCAR even though now they actually race on a real track rather than the beach. This beach ...

The World's First Computer With Data Storage

May 14, 2018

Technology has made major advancements since the mid 1900’s. Many consider the 1970’s to be the first time in history a computer was created and made available for purchase...

Story Behind the Picture of a Soldier Feeding a Tiny Ki...

January 10, 2018

In the middle of the Korean War, this kitten found herself an orphan. Luckily, she found her way into the hands of Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor. He adopted the t...

The Death of Emmett Till

January 5, 2018

While visiting family in Money, Mississippi on August 24, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till, an African American from Chicago, is brutally murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman four days ...

USSR’s First Aerial Tramway Still In Use After Nearly 6...

December 14, 2017

The mining town of Chiatura, Georgia, surrounded by steep cliffs, is criss-crossed by a network of aging Soviet-era aerial tramways that are still in use today....

Color Photographs of Travel Trailers and Motorhomes in ...

December 12, 2017

In 1910 the first motorhome, Pierce-Arrow's Touring Landau, debuts at Madison Square Garden. It has a back seat that folds down into a bed, a chamber pot toilet a...

These Were the Popular Christmas Gifts 70 Years Ago

December 12, 2017

This collection of Macy’s best-selling holiday gifts of 1948, compiled by LIFE magazine shows use just how much things have changed since then. For starters, the gifts t...

The Ghost Ships of the National Defense Reserve Fleet

December 10, 2017

After World War II, the US established the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) – a fleet of vessels that serve as a reserve of ships for national defense and nationa...

Beautiful Candid Photos of Marilyn Monroe, 1957

December 5, 2017

These photos, taken by American photographer and film producer Sam Shaw, over the course of 3 days in New York with Marilyn's husband Arthur Miller are especially poignant b...

Has the Lovely Old Soho Changed Since 1956

November 15, 2017

Has Soho completely changed since 1956? Take a colourful tour to find out. Credit: BFI

John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in Georgetown, 1954

November 15, 2017

It was one fine day in May of 1954 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and future president John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie Kennedy, were walking down the street to ...

Did You Know That The United States Once Planned on Nuk...

October 30, 2017

The United States once planned on shooting a nuclear bomb at the moon. If you presumed that the reasoning behind such an act was “because we can,” you are absolut...

Vintage Photos of Famous Inventions You Did Not Know Co...

October 9, 2017

The 1950s was a decade post World War II. It was the decade of Elvis. It was the decade families gathered in living rooms to watch television and ate TV dinners. ...

The Story of Andre the Giant

October 9, 2017

Andre the Giant was born on May 19, 1946 in Grenoble, France. He suffered from a condition called Acromelagy, also known as Giantism. Giantism is due to an excess of hormones which causes the ...

The Lost Victorian Houses of Downtown LA

September 27, 2017

Downtown LA have a history buried under gleaming high-rise office blocks and strip malls… Despite its once fashionable apartment buildings attracting high-income residents, Bunker ...

The US Post-World War II: A Look on American Life Durin...

September 21, 2017

These amazing colored photos show everyday life in the US during the 1950s. San Francisco cable cars, San Francisco, California St. Francis Westin Hotel, San Fran...

This 1950s Expirement Asked Artist to Draw Portrait 9 T...

September 13, 2017

In the 1950s the US government did experiments with psychotomimetic drugs. In one of these experiments, an artist was given a measured amount of LSD and an activi...

The Wonder Spot of the 1950s, Where the Laws of Natural...

August 22, 2017

This particulat 'Spot' is located south of Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton, only about a half-block off of Highway 12. Its powers were strongest in The Wonder House, ...

Lovely Photos of Frida Kahlo from the Last Years of Her...

August 6, 2017

In 1950, photographer Gisèle Freund traveled to Mexico where she met the legendary couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Welcomed into their home, she had the chan...

The Abandoned Island Was Once Used As a Leper Colony

August 1, 2017

The small island of Spinaloga, officially known as Kalydon, is located in a gulf in north-eastern Crete, next to the town of Plaka, near the Spinaloga peninsula – which...

60+ Inventions from the 1950s - Present That Have Impro...

July 29, 2017

This is just a handful of inventions from recent history that have helped to change how we live – in some cases beyond all recognition. H/T Stormclad

Before Computer: Photos of People from the Past Working...

July 28, 2017

Before there were actual computers, there was a job simply called, "computer". The job involved converting figures and crunching numbers and often involved some b...

This 1950s Pink Car Especially Made For Women Comes wit...

May 27, 2017

After World War II, women became a vital part of the American workforce. They were no longer confined to the roles of housewives or secretaries, they also started...

Classic Pin-Up Girls: The Real Women Behind Gil Elvgren...

May 24, 2017

Anyone who's familiar with pin up paintings - those classic images that adorned the noses of bombers and the walls of soldiers barracks in the 1940s and '50s - wi...

Recovered: Vietnam-era Lighters Carried by Soldiers Dur...

May 17, 2017

Recently, Cowan’s Auctions featured over 280 Vietnam-era lighters carried by soldiers during the war. As seen in the small sampling below, these small objects ref...

At the Age of 67, Emma Rowena Gatewood Became the First...

April 24, 2017

In 1955, at the age of 67, Emma Rowena Gatewood became the first woman to hike the entire 2,168 mile (3,489 km) Appalachian Trail -- wearing sneakers and carrying...

The “Bazooka Vespa”: The Scooter that Could Destroy Tan...

April 19, 2017

“Not just a scooter, a way of life.” This is the slogan of the iconic Italian brand Vespa, most suitable for the world’s number one scooter producer. The com...

How Tootsie Rolls Saved the Lives of Soldiers During th...

March 22, 2017

The Battle of the Chosin Reservoir During the Korean War, American Troops stationed at Chang Jin mountain reservoir or Chosin reservoir, experienced extreme weath...

Declassified Cold War Footages Of Some Of History’s Lar...

March 20, 2017

This week, the federally funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California released 62 newly declassified and restored films of U.S. nuclear te...

Then and Now: How Much Famous Fastfood Chains Have Chan...

March 13, 2017

Currently revitalizing their menus, fast-food chains all over America are also re-designing their looks in order to be more competitive. Take a look at how some ...

The Woman Who Got Hit By a Meteorite and Survived

March 3, 2017

One clear afternoon in Sylacauga, Alabama, Ann Hodges was napping on her couch. It was 1954. She was resting and covered by quilts, when all of a sudden, a softball-size h...

In 1954, This 9-Week-Old Baby Became the 'World's Young...

March 1, 2017

LIFE magazine introduced its readers to an incredible nine-week-old baby named Julie Sheldon in 1954. She lived in Los Angeles and was, based from LIFE, the "wor...

The Interesting Story of Deadshot Mary

February 5, 2017

Mary Shanley was born in Ireland in 1896, and after immigrating to America with her family, made the bold choice to join the NYPD. Along with a handful of other woman cops, she went ...

Old Photos of Albert Einstein

January 20, 2017

Albert Einstein (born 14 March 1879 – died 18 April 1955), a German theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, actualizing a revolution in physics. With this achiev...

The Jericho Skull - Face of 9,500-Year-Old Man Revealed...

January 6, 2017

Excavated by archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon in 1953, the Jericho Skull is one of seven plastered and ornamented Neolithic skulls located at the site of Tell es-Sul...

The Rotor Ride: A Spinning Human Blender from the Past ...

December 30, 2016

The Rotor, also known as the “Devil’s Hole”, was designed by German engineer Ernst Hoffmeister in the late 1940s. The photo below was taken at Coney Island in the...

California Couple Inherits 50-Year-Old Bunker Beneath T...

December 21, 2016

When they bought the house, the Otcaseks were only told that the property had “an unusual feature”: a large, concrete-lined hole in the backyard. They were told t...

Photographer Uncovers 1,200 Rolls of Unprocessed Film F...

December 14, 2016

Levi Bettwieser, the creator of the The Rescued Film Project, has been finding and recovering rolls of “lost and forgotten” film for years. Last year, Bettwieser ...

12 Vintage Ads Aimed at Kids We Will Never, Ever See To...

December 1, 2016

In a world full of government regulations where every light bulb comes in a package explaining how you shouldn't eat it, it's easy to forget that it wasn't always...

Globe-Making Process From 1955

November 28, 2016

Take a peek behind the curtains as the workers at this globe factory hand-make globes using paper maché method that’s quite fascinating. There is so much craftsmanship and time that go into ...

The Book Rescuers (7 Photos)

November 17, 2016

This small collection of photos in the LIFE Archives show the sheer awesomeness of librarians who tried their best to save the books that were drenched following a building fire... Pictured in...

20 Vintage Photos of People Camping and Caravanning Bet...

November 8, 2016

It was before the 20th century when camping holidays really started. The first real holiday camp was in the Isle of Man, called the “Cunningham Camp”. The only st...

Three of the Scariest Nuclear Bomb Accidents in History

November 3, 2016

1958 Georgia: Nuclear Bomb Training Accident Nuclear Bombing training exercises were common during the 1950s, so it’s not entirely surprising for an accident to occ...

Betty Lee Bennet: 10-Year-Old Girl Who Became the Young...

November 2, 2016

Ten-year-old Betty Lee Bennett has been up in the air a good part of her early years. When she was six months old her father, Alfred Bennett, who is vice presiden...

The Story of the Tollund Man

October 31, 2016

Would you believe this peaceful, careworn face is that of a 2,000-year-old bog body? Discovered by accident in 1950 in the bogs of the Danish Jutland Peninsula by some peat farmers. The farme...

Color Photos Showing Life In Japan In The 1860s - 1900s

October 29, 2016

Prisoner, 1860 Woman in front of the mirror, photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried, 1860 Two tattooed men, photographer Baron Raimund von Stillfried Pilgrim g...

Until Just Recently, People Thought The Easter Island S...

October 3, 2016

An email that made the rounds in May 2012, contained photos of a startling excavation project at Easter Island. According to the email, archaeologists were in the...

The Wedding Of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Bouvier, 1953

October 1, 2016

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married on the morning of September 12, 1953 in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Rhode Island. The wedding was att...

The Story Behind: Einstein Sticking His Tongue Out

September 21, 2016

Photo credit: Arthur Sasse The shot was taken on Einstein’s 72nd birthday right after the end of an event held in his honor at Princeton on March 14, 1951. While walking...

Amazing Vintage Portraits of Padaung Women in the 1950s

September 13, 2016

Padaung is a Shan term for the Kayan Lahwi, the group in which women wear the brass neck coils. The Kayan Lahwi people (Padaung) are an ethnic group from Myanmar and...

What a Dollar Would Buy from 1945 - 1960

September 9, 2016

Take a look at this year-by-year breakdown of what you could get for a dollar since 1945. Anyone who's approached a vending machine with a buck in their hand realizes that a dollar...

A Look at Some Bizarre Beauty Contests from the Past

August 26, 2016

MISS BOBBED HAIR In 1925, Coral Gables, Florida, held a contest for the most beautiful bobbed hair. Yes, that’s right. The contestants all had their hair cropped and ne...

The Demolition of the Most Beautiful Library in America

August 15, 2016

The old Public library of Cincinnati is the kind of place you only see in a Harry Potter movie -- huge cast-iron book alcoves, spiral staircases that went several s...

A Look Back at American Classic Motorcycles from 1950s ...

August 4, 2016

Here is an interesting collection of classic motorbikes that Americans used in the 1950s and 1960s. H/T Dan Larson

A Mouthwatering Look At What In-Flight Meals Used To Be...

August 1, 2016

Today, meals served up during a long-haul flight are admittedly not the same as they were before. You can now travel back in time to the golden age of flying whe...

Wonderful Vintage Color Photos of Streets of the U.S. i...

July 13, 2016

Let's go 65 years back and take a look at what the streets of America looked like on a regular day.               &n...

25 Timeless Fashion Lessons from Audrey Hepburn Every W...

July 4, 2016

Audrey Hepburn is one of the 20th Century’s most heralded style icons, and for good reason! She had consistent, classic style throughout her life, sticking to sim...

Remember Your Favorite Toys From the 1950s?

June 27, 2016

Here, we put together a list of our 10 favorite toys from the 1950s.Take a look at them below, and let us know what you’re favorite toy was as a kid! No internet, no iPhones and...

These Photos Show the Changing Face of New York More Th...

June 26, 2016

These vintage images taken in the 1940s - 1950s by legendary crime photographer Arthur "Weegee" Fellig are shown alongside shots of the same places taken last yea...

What the City of Boston Looks Like 60 Years Ago

June 23, 2016

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, it's also the capital and largest city of Massachusetts. Let's make a trip back to Boston in the 1950s. ...

10 Vintage Versions of Modern Technology

May 27, 2016

Sometime people comes up with ideas and inventions that are just way ahead of their time. Like these familiar but curious designs from the past that were actually early prototypes ...

32 Incredible Photos Of San Francisco In The 40s And 50...

May 19, 2016

Fred Lyon is a legendary San Francisco-based photographer known today for capturing the ethereal feel of the city. However, during the 1940s and 1950s, when Lyon ...

The Diaper Derbies of the 1950s: Where Babies Became Cr...

May 19, 2016

Between 1946 and 1955, the Diaper Derby was America’s most loved sports event. The race is a cutthroat competition among future triathletes as they bear crawl pas...

What Happened to the Incredible Flying Yachts of the 19...

April 29, 2016

They don’t call the 1950s the “Golden Age of Travel’ for nothing. Found deep within LIFE magazine’s trove of incredible stories from the past is the story of the...

Google Earth Captured These 22 Images Of This Ghost Tow...

April 25, 2016

There’s something about abandoned places that oddly fascinates me. Perhaps it’s the story they tell, like the story of the now-abandoned city of East St. Louis, I...

Vintage Photos Show How Christmas Shopping In New York ...

December 7, 2015

1947: Christmas rush at Macy's in NYC 1929: Christmas shoppers fill the sidewalk at 42nd Street and Sixth Ave, NYC Ca. 1910 - 1915: Christmas shoppers in New Yo...

This Is How Women Were Expected To Behave In The 1950s

September 25, 2015

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27 Rare Historical Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

August 20, 2015

When award-winning photographer Fan Ho moved to Hong Kong in 1949, he was just a teenager. What he saw in Hong Kong streets completely fascinated him, so he spent much o...