Unit 4 - Chapter 10: Day in the Life

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A Day in the Life

A Young Person's Life in the 1950s

1950s school children and some
items of popular culture: console
television set, portable phonograph
with 45 RPM vinyl records, and
colorful automobiles.

The 1950s were full of changes in America. Americans were ready to relax and have fun. When World War II ended, all of the time and energy that had gone into the war effort was now going into new technology, cars and appliances. Many new “fads” appeared during this time.

Links to the Past

Drive-In Restaurants
Before fast food, there was the drive-in restaurant. In the 1950s, people could drive up to one of these restaurants, order food that would be delivered by a “carhop” and enjoy it in the comfort of their car. Why do you think drive-in restaurants became less popular as time went on?

Fads of the 1950s
What did young New Yorkers do for fun in the 1950s? Find out about the Hula-Hoop fad and why it was popular all over the nation.

1950s Homes
Read about the kinds of homes that were popular in the 1920s through the 1950s. One style of home is called “modern." Today, many people still live in these homes.

Car Museum
The Northeast Classic Car Museum, located in Norwich, NY, celebrates the cars of the 1950s along with other fascinating and rare automobiles.

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