Decade - 1950s
The 1950s was the decade that started on January 1, 1950, and ended on December 31, 1959. The most notable events in the 1950s include the Korean War (1950-1953) and the launch of the satellite, "Sputnik 1" (1957).
Who were some famous actors and actresses of the 1950s?
Brigitte Bardot Marlon Brando Yul Brynner Joan Collins Tony Curtis Doris Day James Dean Henry Fonda Cary Grant Audrey Hepburn Rock Hudson Grace Kelly Sophia Loren Shirley MacLaine Jayne Mansfield Marlyn Monroe Paul Newman Kim Novac Jane Russell Frank Sinatra James (Jimmy) Stewart Elizabeth Taylor Spencer Tracy Natalie Wood
Asked in Banking, Decade - 1950s
What became of the Guarantee Bank and Trust Company of Atlantic City around in the 1950s?
In around 1980 it was bought by First Jersey National Bank (Jersey City), and GB was then known as "First Jersey South". In 1987 FJ was bought by National Westminster Bank (London), one of the largest banks in the world. In 1994 NatWest sold NatWestUSA to Fleet Bank (Boston). Fleet has since been sold to Bank of America, and as of the writing of this answer (2008) the old Guarantee Bank branches are Bof A branches.
Asked in History, Decade - 1950s
What happened during 1950-1955 in the US?
•Disneyland Opens •Emmett Till Murdered •James Dean Dies in Car Accident •McDonald's Corporation Founded •Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus •Warsaw Pact Signed · Britain announced its ability to make hydrogen bombs · Albert Einstein (76), physicist, died in Princeton New Jersey · A time bomb explodes in the cargo hold of United Airlines Flight 629, a Douglas DC-6B airliner flying above Longmont, Colorado, killing all 39 passengers and 5 crew members on board.
Asked in Decade - 1950s
What weapons did the british use in the 1950's?
Asked in Winchester Firearms, Decade - 1950s
What is the value of a Winchester model 94 30-30 octogonal barrel and made in 1950 very good condition.?
Depends on what year it was made. What is the barrel length? Round or octogon? You need to give out more info on codition and such. Could be worth $75 up to $75,000 Answer Canadian centennial model with hexagon barrel The Canadian Centennial model, like any commemorative Winchester, has to be absolutely new in the original box with all paperwork and accessories to have any appreciable value over a standard shooter-grade Model 94. If you do have all of the original paperwork, box, etc, and the gun is still truly unfired, you might realize up to around $600. ANY flaws, and the gun is back to $150-$200 tops. Answer I just sold a Winchester Model 94 Ser # 1393112 for $270.00 on 7/28/2005 at a public auction. Answer 94 30 30 Winchester with octagon barrel Answer I have a '94 Winchester, saddle ring carbine, round bbl, mfg. in 1912. It has perhaps 30% of original blue but is mostly case color steel. The gun has been used over the years but the bore is clean and bright and the wood is in good shape with the normal number of scratches and dings expected in 90+ years use. At a gun show in Dallas recently, a fellow offered $850. for the gun but it has sentitmental value and I intend to keep it. Winchester model 94 with serial number 1145676 does not have an octagonal barrel and has a 24 inch barrel including the chamber
Asked in New York City, Decade - 1950s
What was it like to live in New York City in the 1950s?
I lived in Brooklyn in the fifties. I think that a loaf of bread may have been around a quarter, which was about the price of a quart of milk. As kids we certainly didn't worry about designer clothes. Most of the kids I knew had about three pairs of shoes; one for play, one for school, and one for church. My mother and Grandmother always made sure that our clothes were clean and for certain holidays we always got a new set of clothes from the underwear and the socks to the hat and the gloves. Answer There's a documentary called "New York in the 1950s" (really about Greenwich VIllage in the 1950s, but it's a good place to start). It's on DVD, and it might help you... Answer New York City in the 1950s? It depended on where you lived, what economic bracket you were in, what culture you came from, and how lenient your parents were. As a first-general Jewish girl of immigrant parents and grandparents, I knew that even though money was tight, my family wanted its children to have everything that they didn't have. The Holocaust still burnt in their minds, the Depression wasn't that far away, but we as children were free and felt poor but privileged. We were free to walk or take our bikes anywhere; soar on the roads in Prospect Park alone; ride the subways at age 13 to go shopping in downtown Brooklyn; steal a big lungful of fresh-cut grass from the lawn of people who lived in "private houses" -- Americans who had been in Brooklyn for longer than we, from other generations who had had the chance to be wealthier than we who lived in 6-storey apartment houses. We were free, we were frugal, our education was just around the corner, the teachers lived in the neighborhoods, and one of the high points of our year was going to summer camp in the "country" for two weeks run by the Grand Street Settlement House -- just to balance the concrete with the grass. It was often a wonderful time, one that many of us only started to miss when it was all gone.
What was the importance of the New York Yankees in the 1950's?
The Yankees owned the 1950s. During the '50s the Yankees won the A.L. pennant eight times (every year except for 1954 and 1959) and the World Series six out of their eight appearances. The two Series that they lost, they immediately got revenge the next year. In 1955, they lost to the Brooklyn Dodgers for the first and only time. Then, they beat the Dodgers in 1956. In 1957, they lost to the Milwaukee Braves and then they beat the Braves in 1958. As a side note, including 1949, they won five straight World Series (1949 - 1953), unprecedented before or since then. In addition, from 1949 through 1964, a period of 16 years, the Yankees won the pennant 14 times. The Yankees are also the only team to have won 5 straight pennants and also 4 straight pennants.
Who was Dorothy Hamill's 3rd husband who was killed in a plane crash?
Asked in Hair, Fashion, Decade - 1950s
How did the social and political climate of the 1950s influence fashion make-up and hair styles?
== == * After the 1950s women felt more "allowed" to have their own style and express themselves through clothing and makeup. Also, during the 60's everyone was protesting, and so clothing had to stand out more to make a statement. == == * In the 1950s, conformity was the #1 virtue, and fashion reflected this. Women were expected to make themselves look as attractive as possible. They were supposed to look sexy without, of course, looking "loose."
To what extent were women in the 1950's second class citizens?
If you mean the USA, they were definitely not. Do you know any women who were wives and mothers during the 1950s? I do. Both my grandmothers had more character and remarkable values than any woman I meet in my daily life today, in 2004. Neither of them ever worked outside the home, and one of them never had any desire to drive a car. They BOTH stayed married all their lives -- no divorce -- and raised 3 children, and 5 children, respectively, who are productive citizens with no criminal record. That is FIRST CLASS in my book! Being a woman, instead of the "modern" definition of indoctrinated feminism -- that is, trying to be a man -- is NOT "second class" in any way! It is simply being a WOMAN as nature intended! (A healthy caution: Don't let Western-based "political correctness" color your thinking, your family life, or your questions or education!) If you mean in some other country ... you should look into the situation in The Sudan, where slavery is still practiced. Use your imagination! Check how things are now at the related web link to UN Statistics, and think whether things were better then. I assume you are young. Those of us with long memories know the answer. Literacy? Why waste that on girls? Much of the world doesn't educate girls to the same extent as boys (twice as many girls as boys do not get to school at all). Does you mother have more academic qualifications than your father? How many couples do you know aged over 50 which have a wife more educated than her husband? How else can you check on the 1950s? How many senior women on your local university staff? -- the proportion can be argued to be caused by a mix of past prejudice and more recent barriers. And try asking older school teachers about who studied for teaching certificates and who studied for degrees and got paid more. Could a woman of the 50s get a paying job, and what proportion of a man's wages would she be paid? Being born female is very expensive now in terms of the �gender pay gap�, but in the 1950s many more women would not have had any opportunity to earn their own money. (And some women teachers were still required to resign on marriage, even in the US and Europe.) Being totally dependent on the money handed to you by your husband or father is pretty second-class, however often you are told that homemaking is a praiseworthy thing to do. (An immigrant to the UK explained "We treat our mother with too much honour to expect her to walk through the streets, we do all the errands like shopping for her, while she stays safely at home" -- would you enjoy that sort of "honouring" in a virtual prison?) Of course there was and is plenty of unpaid work for women. Current estimates are that women work 60% of all hours worked in the world, and earn 10% of all wages paid. (It's not all housework -- many women feed their families through subsistence farming.) Some women of the 1950s might have thought that to be merely "second" class would be a great improvement -- and people still may. Have you read the Anti-Slavery League website? Let us celebrate the fact that these days greater efforts are being made to prevent forced marriages. Since the 1950s, women have gained equal voting rights in another 10 countries, though there are still 5 where they are legally second-class citizens in this respect. The number of women holding elected office was very low in the 50s -- how do you rate it now? There is another drastic result of being treated as second-class. Without free medical care, women become disabled and die prematurely at much higher rates than the men. Girl babies are actually healthier than boys, this is about allocation of resources -- both within the family and within the state. In the 1950s there were a few countries which had universal free medical care, but the national US schemes for the poor and elderly were only started in the mid 1960s. (Most beneficiaries of those US schemes are women -- and the money allocation for them is being cut. The UN says �the great majority� of those living in poverty are women. Not first-class, for sure.) Even at home! Do you know families with teenagers where the boys get better treatment than the girls -- it was standard across the world in the 50s? Do you know people where the title "head of the family" is still taken seriously, as it often was even in "western" democracies in the 1950s? Would you rate those women "second-class" or not? Have you ever considered that public transport is a "women's issue"? Who drives cars and who rides the bus? And in the 1950s, who walked for miles? Even at school! Did your mother go to a girls-only school? Find someone who did more than about 30 years ago, and ask them about the quality of the science teaching. In some mixed schools there were subjects which girls were not allowed to take � not just carpentry, but also technical drawing etc. Things are better now, but despite the publicity about inadvertent discrimination, try counting who still gets most of the attention in a mixed classroom. In the 1950s many more boys than girls went to university -- this is one of the clearest improvements over the years, in many different countries. Going back a bit further than the 50s, do you know why Ottawa has a big statue of women apparently holding a tea party? Read "Background Information" at the bottom of the link to BPW Canada. Yes, women were second-class citizens in the 1950s. What is a fair test to decide whether at least some of them still are in your community? If you are feeling strong, try this the web link to the UNICEF Report called "The intolerable status quo: Violence against women and girls" I totally agree with the second poster and I grew up in the 40s and was a teen in the 50s. Below is a quote taken from some of my research on American/Canadian families: "Women who failed to conform to the June Cleaver/Margaret Anderson role of housewife and mother were severely criticized. A 1947 bestselling book, The Modern Woman, called feminism a "deep illness," labeled the idea of an independent woman a "contradiction in terms," and explained that women who wanted equal pay and equal educational opportunities were engaged in a "ritualistic castration" of men. Women were often denied the right to serve on juries, convey property, make contracts (including leases on apartments), and establish credit in their own names (including mortgages and credit cards)." That's just the start! I am Canadian and there is really no difference between us and the American culture with the exception of the U.S. being a much older country rich in history, more population and more money. When I started high school in the late 1950s I took "Home Economics" and was given this booklet to live my life by and this is exactly what was in it: A woman should clean the house every single day, look after the children, do the yard work and have time to put on her perky house dress and pearls (real or not) and be attractive for her husband when he came home from work and not moan and groan if he had a friend with him and hadn't bothered to phone you first to warn you. YOU WERE TO FETCH HIS SLIPPERS AND GIVE HIM HIS PIPE OR LIGHT A CIGARETTE FOR HIM! I nearly popped my bobby socks when I read that one! Was I a dog? I din thin so! A woman was to accommodate her husband in every way no matter how tired or ill she was. After all, her husband was out busting his buns for the family. Why? Simply because women weren't considered good material for being out in the workforce. Oh yes, there were the choices of being a teacher, nurse, airline stewardess or secretary. We were taught to sew and cook (that's OK by me) but I refused to abide by those rules even back then and I was no one's dawg! I felt even then that men and women should be equal and respectful of each other and yes, I got into lots of trouble for sounding off in all the wrong place, but have never regretted it. In time, it landed me good jobs that some men would have loved to have had. I worked during the late 1950s and up as a Secretary and even in 1972 when I worked for an oil company I had to learn the hard computers (not these easy ones we have today) and they filled walls upon walls. It took months of hard work to learn that computer and I worked along side a very nice man. When we learned all there was to know about it he got a hefty pay check and a hefty raise. I looked at my pay check and saw nothing so I turned a shade of red that made me look like I was going to explode and raced into my boss. I demanded to know where my raise was. I was told I was not going to get one and when I asked why I was not given an answer. Even the fellow I worked with sided with me. We both had the same intellectual level and knew the same things, but I wasn't getting that raise. I took the risk and told them to stuff it and went back to my regular job. I got to stay, got a raise (not what I should have) but refused to work on those large computers. I made my statement and I was sticking to it. Alcoholism rose more than any other time in the 1950s (not even during the good old prohibition times or during and after WW2 was it as bad as the 50s) and abuse was much higher than it is today and women had to take it! I could go on and on about this and I have no idea where the first poster got their info, but I know it's not true. Women did not have the opportunities they have today (and they are still fighting for many rights they deserve) and no, I'm not a feminist at heart, but detest unfairness. If you can do the job then you should be paid for it. I do love my husband, and we share the housework because we both work. If he works over-time and I don't I have the respect to pick up the pace and so does he. Before purchasing a large item we discuss it and decide on it one way or the other. There is no disrespect between the two of us and I fought for that right from the 1950s and damned proud of it! I suggest for the first poster that you go on those sites the 2nd poster gave you and if you really want to get into the 1950s then try www.google.com and type in "American/Canadian family life in the 1950s." You'll really get a wake-up call. I dont have anything to add to the second two nicely detailed answers but the first person obviously just took it personally and decided to defend herself as a woman and not actually use any factual data. And that is why i say: ^^^ hahaha, sorry i really had to do that. (jonas brothers thing, you wouldn't understand)
Asked in Baseball, Chicago White Sox, Decade - 1950s
Who were some Chicago White Sox players from the 1950s?
What was Japan's economic situation after World War 2?
Well, Japan's economic experiences could have been better. They were at the low of their lows. But after the war, the U.S. helped rebuild everything, Japan became one of the most economic empires of the world. After this great devistation, Japan was changed and soon became one of the wealthiest country's there is. At the end of World War II, Japan's economy was in ruins. The major urban and industrial areas had been almost completely destroyed by the U.S. Army Air Force incendiary raids which had commenced in the summer of 1944. The transportation network was destroyed, the merchant marine navy had ceased to exist, the agricultural sector was unable to meet even the requirements of basic subsistence and food stocks were non-existant. It was only due to the reluctant and belated intervention of the U.S. Government (many members of the Congress and the Truman administration were opposed to feeding the Japanese) that wide spread starvation of the Japanese populace was averted in 1946. It is a wide spread belief that the United States "rebuilt" Japan's economy after World War II. This is not true. More countries were involved in the rebuilding. Following the surrender, Japan was occupied by the allied powers, chiefly the United States with the lesser participation of the British, until 1952 when the peace treaty was signed. One of the conditions of the surrender was that Japan make war reparations. Both the United States and the Soviet Union seized capital assets, cash, and property in both Japan proper and the the former Japanese occupied areas of Manchuria as partial payment toward these reparations. This had the effect of further crippling what remained of Japan's industry and economy. The United States cancelled further payments in 1954 but the payment of reparations to other countries continued long after. Some sources assert that Japanese war reparations exceeded by a large margin the amount of foreign aid received by Japan which in any case was chiefly in the form of bank loans. Nor was Japan the recipient of an aid program such as the Marshall Plan which attempted to rebuild Europe. Despite massive infusions of Marshall Plan dollars and assistance to Great Britain and France, neither country ever regained its pre-war economic power. Japan's economic miracle was largely due, not to any overt action of the United States, but to the industriousness of its people. Of course there were other contributing factors as well, such as the 100 per cent literacy rate, the high rate of personal saving, and generous government subsidies to key industries and emerging technologies. Perhaps the most important contribution the Occupation made to Japanese economic recovery was in the introduction and nurturing of democratic reforms. Capitalism works best in a free society. If anyone is going to answer on here, please cite sources for your comments. The person who wrote here about the U.S. NOT being the major source of rebuilding is obviously not well-informed or has some other agenda. QUOTE sources...this site wants "answers" not half-baked opinions. BTW, the BCOF was responsible for the demilitarizing of Japan's war industries. The U.S. put billions of dollars into reconstruction.