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1950s American Fads, Fashions and Trends
"Calling all people who love the 50s! Here is the latest quiz in my series on 20th century Americana."
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Trends: This was the most popular name for baby girls for six decades. In the 1920s almost 6 out of every 100 females were given this moniker and though its usage had fallen by the end of the 50s it easily outpaced the second most popular name. Do you know it?
Fads: In the 1950s a trendy hairstyle for guys came into vogue that involved combing hair straight back with a part down the back of the head and a few tendrils left dangling around the face. It was the de rigeur style for 'greasers' and gained a lot of press coverage when Elvis Presley wore his hair this way. What is the hairstyle?
Ducktail (or DA)
Fashion: The cone bra hit its peak of trendiness in the 1950s as personified by Jane Russell in the film "The Outlaw." Who was the director of the film, now credited with creating this bit of lingerie, the world's first cantilevered brassiere?
Fashions: Jack Kerouac coined the term "beat generation" to describe the anti-conformist rebels who publically explored and glorified previously taboo subjects through music, art and writing. These "beatniks" came to full flower in the 1950s. What was the sterotypical dress of a 'beat'?
Sunglasses, beret, goatee
Nehru jacket, brightly colored beads, full beard and Fu Manchu mustache
Black motorcycle jacket, rolled-cuff jeans, white t-shirt. cigarette dangling from the lips
Fur hat, fur vest, round glasses
Fads: Swanson introduced its famous TV dinners in 1954. They were designed to look like food served in which glamorous and relatively new industry?
Fashion: In 1954 the coonskin cap craze began after being popularized on the "Davy Crocket" segment of the ABC television show "Disneyland." Which actor portrayed the famous American frontiersman associated with this headwear fad?
Trends: During the 1950s the number of American births skyrocketed. According to the Bureau of the Census, what is the time span of what is now called the "Baby Boom"?
Social Trends: In 1952 the Immigration and Nationality Act eliminated many of the racial restrictions which had previously existed in the US, easing the citizenship process for people coming to the US in great numbers from which country?
Fashion: Rebelling against the full skirted, tightly bodiced "New Look" of the post-war years, this designer began in 1954 to produce boxy suit jackets trimmed in braid, paired with slim skirts, made of highly textured tweeds and worn with ropes of pearls. The style remains a classic. Name the designer.
Language Fads: In 1950s lingo who or what was a "deuce"?
A two dollar bill
A double date
Canadian hockey legend Gordie "Deuce" Howe
1932 Ford Model B coupe
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Compiled Jun 18 13