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Transcript of 1950s Culture
Your clothes should be tight enough to show that you are a woman but loose enough to show you are a lady.
Fashion and Style in the 1950s
It was the decade of bold and daring! New styles were introduced along with the famous genre of Rock 'n' Roll. Teens rebelled against the generation of their parents, creating a lifestyle of fun and partying along with dancing the latest dances. This was also the era of the baby boom, in which Canada experienced it's greatest population increase. It boosted our already booming economy and still impacts us to this day.
The 1950s introduced synthetic clothing materials such as nylon, polyester and vinyl. Due to new advances in technology clothing could be produced at a greater speed and in greater amounts then before.
The rebel style with leather, Levis, and converse sneakers was very representative of the 1950s teen style. Girls would also wear the famous poodle skirts, penny loafers and coloured sneakers. Casual footwear became increasingly popular as parties and outdoor activities became the norm.
Monday July 7th,1957
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Music and Dance
Much like the music of today, the music of the 1950s consisted of traditional pop, country, rhythm and blues, country, and rock 'n' roll. Musical icons of that decade such as Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash influence the artists of today. Famous songs of the 1950s include Rock Around the Clock, That's Amore, and Hound Dog. During the 50s there were also several famous dances that every teenager knew how to dance to, and any band could play the tune. These dances included the bop, the stroll, swing, hand jive, madison, and the cha-cha. Music and dance that originated in the 1950s reflects our music and dance today.
The Age of Rock 'n' Roll
Traditional Pop Rhythm & Blues Country
Rock 'n' Roll was a new genre in the 1950s. It was said to be a mixture of R&B with a country edge. The older generation blamed this music for encouraging the rebellion of the youth, who happened to be the dominant listeners of this music. The youth of the 1950s loved the defiance towards society that the genre advertised and even started to dress like the artists who sang the music.
Elvis Presley Jerry Lee Lewis
A combination of original songs
and hits that were previously made
famous by another artist but they
recorded their own version. Pop
music was known before Rock 'n'
Roll but is in no way similar to it. Pop
combines simple lyrics with a catchy
A blend of blues and gospel music.
R&B is very much like Rock 'n' Roll. R&B artists had a major part in the creation of this genre.
A mixture of Rock music,
swing and humor that are told
through real tales which people
can relate to such as love and
The Hand Jive
The bop is a lot like the swing
and the jive. It is usually danced
with a partner but you don't not
hold hands. There is a lot of
tapping involved as you usually
tap the heel and toe of each
foot as you dance.
The swing is a series of
side steps and pivots. It
was very similar to that
of the jitterbug.
The cha-cha is a blend
of two Latin American
dances; the Puerto Rican
Danzonette and the Cuban
Danzo. It is generally done
in partners with the man
as the leader and the women
as the follower.
Famous from the dance
scene in the film Grease,
the hand jive is a series of
hand and arm movements
done in a pattern.
Clothing for Women and Men
Full skirts and bright colours were popular, along with pants and skirts that were tight around the waist. Suits for women were introduced with tight waists which accentuated the hips. It was worn with a blouse and big bead necklaces.
Men's Fashion in the 1950s was based upon the business look with suits and dark colours. Conservatism was especially reflected in the men's wear of the early 1950s. In 1953 flannel shirts along with leather jackets began to come into style.
- Marilyn Monroe
-Poodle hairstyles became famous when actress Lucille Ball wore it.
-Roll the bangs and soft curls was a great hairstyle of the era.
-Ponytail with handkerchief
-The pompadour which is styled using pomade
to slick back the sides while allowing longer hair
on top to flow freely
-Slick back look which is a simple cut with a
part on the side. Gel or cream is used to hold
the style in place as it is neatly combed back
and exposing the ears.
After the second world war until about 1965 good economic conditions allowed for larger families. This resulted in a huge population increase known as the baby boom. This generation has shaped Canada's economy and society and continues to do as they move into retirement.
The Birthrate Rises
Short Term Impacts
Long Term Impacts
As the economy boosted, demand for many products increased
consumer goods (products essential for living)
The government needed to support the growing population therefore they started building:
BABY BOOMERS AS MIDDLE AGE
lots of people paying taxes
lack of employment opportunities
BABY BOOMERS RETIRE
baby boomers working longer
more job opportunities
less people working
taxes increasing to pay for the now large dependaency load
harder to make a living
RECAP: 5 Ws of the Baby Boom
The lives of all Canadians and the future generations.
There was a large increase of babies being born.
All across Canada, North America and the world.
Canadian economy reached a stable point where married couples became comfortable with starting a family.. This effected Canadian population economically and socially.
After World War II
Who does the baby boom effect?
The 1950's were a turning point for the technology and inventions we use today. Many devices we use were invented during this time period. If it weren't for these inventions our lives would be very different now. Here's a list some inventions that have had a big impact in today's society.
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The Credit Card
Before major companies and banks issued credit cards, individual buisnesses would offer lines of credit to their customers. However, Frank McNamara went out for supper one night but forgot his wallet. This gave him the idea for the credit card! A card that would be accessible at all times with money on it.
The television was first made popular in the 1940s. On the other hand, within Canada, it was in high demand during the 1950s. With the discovery of the television, major events could be viewed internationally.
In 1949, the world's first jet liner was created. It made it commercial debut in 1952, and was a success.
First Computer Hard Disk
In 1956, the first hard disk was used. It held five megabytes of data and was as large as two refrigerators.
The Computer Modem
Modems were created to transmit data for North American air defense in the 1950s. A modem sends and receives data over between two computers.
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