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Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:53:44 PM America/Denver

Did you know that you can find our poodle skirts, sweaters, and other fabulous 50’s attire at additional locations on the web? There are several online retail locations that host a Hip Hop 50’s Shop and each offers a unique shopping experience. With all of these options we know that you are going to find exactly what you want, how you want it.Read More
Posted By Heather Leister

Foundation Garments

Monday, April 6, 2015 11:52:23 PM America/Denver

After the end of World War II women's fashion took a glamorous turn. Whether it was an evening out or a trip to the grocery store, after years of practicality, women were ready to dress up and celebrate their feminity.


One of the most popular looks for the 1950's featured a full skirt, tiny waist and an emphasis on womanly curves. It was a look that showcased what was then seen as the ideal female body.


This ideal body was described with these words:


The largest part of the bust should equal the largest part of the hips and the waist should be ten inches smaller than either. 


An example of this ideal would be Marilyn Monroe's body measurements: 36-22-36, numbers that made her a perfect hourglass shape!


Most women needed help in order to achieve this type of measurement, and they found that in a secret weapon - foundation garments. Using girdles, corsettes and bustierres, the 1950's woman could smooth, cinch and boost her body into her desired fashion sihouette. The right lingerie had the ability to help a woman achieve that elusive 10" difference between bust, waist and hips, making these garments an essential part of every woman's wardrobe.                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Friday in the Fifties

Friday, April 3, 2015 8:30:00 AM America/Denver

This commercial from the 1950's uses an egg to demonstrate the strength of Band-Aid's "super-stick". If you're planning to dye Easter eggs over the weekend then this clip may convince you that you simply must have a box of Band-Aids before you boil a single egg!

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History of the Poodle Skirt

Monday, March 30, 2015 8:30:00 AM America/Denver

Juli Lynne CharlotIt’s one of the most iconic symbols of the 1950’s, but how much do you know about the history of the poodle skirt? Like a character from a classic story, the poodle skirt came from humble beginnings. In 1947, a young woman named Juli LynneCharlot needed a new skirt for the holiday season. Juli Lynne was a performer who would often design her own stage outfits, but this year she found herself a newlywed on a very tight income. In spite of her limited funds, Juli Lynne was determined to have her new skirt and decided that the solution was to make one for herself. There was only one problem, she could design clothing but she could not sew.

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Dreams come true in 1955

Monday, December 1, 2014 10:24:29 PM America/Denver

It’s July 17th 1955, the kids are in the backseat excited as could be. For many years it’s been only a dream, a large and unbelievable dream. Disneyland hasn’t officially been opened to the public yet but you have an invitation from Walt Disney himself! Or do you? Rumors have filled the news stands that thousands of fake tickets have been sent out, but yours couldn’t be, it’s too official. Tickets cost a dollar, but you pay the price for you and your family. You step inside and the world outside vanishes. The streets are clean and inviting, the little light is on in the firehouse. What in the world could that mean? No matters there is so much to do and so little time! The heat is terrible but your kids have too much to see. Not too soon after the heat starts your shoes begin to stick to the recently laid asphalt. Given time the food and drinks the park offers have run out. Far too many people have shown up, 28,000 to be exact. The park had only planned on 6,000. Boarding the Mark Twain river boat in hopes of landing on Pirate Island, you soon find yourself grabbing your kids and holding to the rails as they try to stabilize the boat. Vowing never to board the darn thing again you head to the bumper cars, what could go wrong there? Slowly one by one cars are pulled off. By the end of the day only a few of the cars remain working. Sections of the park are closed off due to gas leaks but that doesn't stop your family from exploring as much as you can. The day is far from what Mr Walt Disney had planned and people begin speaking of the closing of the newly opened park. Struggling to push forward Disney studios keeps paying for the 160 acre park in hopes that it will pick up. It seems opening day doesn’t stop thousands of people from coming in. Within weeks the park is a huge success and you are one of the lucky few who can say you were there opening day.
Posted By Heidi Rosier

Barbie and the 1950's

Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:53:41 AM America/Denver

How far will 3 dollars get you today? A couple candy bars? A bag of chips? How about a Barbie Doll? Not today, but when Barbie released their very first doll in the 1950’s, the price was $3.00. The doll was inspired by a mother, Ruth Handler, who watched as her daughter played with her baby dolls and gave them adult roles as the US market did not have adult dolls. She spoke to her husband, the co-founder of Mattel toys, about creating an adult bodied doll. During a family trip to Germany, Ruth saw a doll that was just like what she had imagined. She immediately bought the doll and brought it back to her husband. He, with the help of Jack Ryan recreated the doll and named it Barbie after the Handlers daughter Barbara. The doll made it’s debut at the American International Toy Fair. The doll was sold as a blonde or brunette with a black and white striped swimsuit and high ponytail, as was the fashion at the time.

Posted By Heidi Rosier

Top Five Fifties Dances and How To’s

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:06:00 AM America/Denver

Grab those poodle skirts and leather jackets. It’s time to “rock rock around the clock tonight!”

1. The Lindy Hop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqklCcu1_rU

2. The Stroll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGwZbs-Q1kA

3. The Madison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6QWoLXJ9Z4

4. The Bop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5pTC-iT78g

5. Rock Around the Clock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTEgCn7hucM

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Posted By Heidi Rosier

Top Ten Cars of the Fifties

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:06:00 AM America/Denver

Looking for your new luxury car? Why not look into these 1950 models?

1. Pink Cadillac

2. Ford Thunderbird

3. Continental Mark II

4. Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Cabriolet

5. Porsche 356 Speedster

6. Maserati A6GCS Berlinetta

7. Maserati 3500 GT

8. Citroen DS

9. Cadillac Eldorado

10. Fiat 8V

Posted By Heidi Rosier

Top Ten Songs of the Fifties

Monday, May 12, 2014 2:39:43 PM America/Denver

Planning a 1950’s themed sock hop? Or do you just want some music to get you through the long day? Either way you can’t skip out on these amazing 50’s hits:

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Posted By Heidi Rosier

Ronald Reagan & the 1950s

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:32:32 PM America/Denver

Ronald Reagan in ChairMany of us know Ronald Reagan was president of the United States.  Some of us may even know that he was the 40th president.  Did you know he was the oldest man to take the seat of president?  President Reagan’s presidency was just one small piece of his vibrant life.   

As far as we know, Reagan’s childhood dreams never included being President.  Instead he wanted to be a film star.  Ronald did just that. Starring in over 60 movies and 20 television shows he grew to become a very well known man. He started as a sports talk show host.  Before long, directors and managers saw his work and introduced him to bigger and better things. It was no doubt this man had a natural talent to make people like both him on and off the screen.

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Posted By Heidi Rosier
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