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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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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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The Birth of The Avengers

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:22:04 PM America/Denver

The Avengers ComicThe 1950s may have been full of roller blades, poodle skirts, sock hops, and soda shops for most people, but for Marvel comics it was another story. After the success of the 1940s with heroes such as Captain America, Namor, the original Human Torch, and many others, they decided it was time to hire a new workforce. This force included three new artists who would be key to Marvel's future, John Buscema from NYC, John Romita from Brooklyn, and Gene Colan also from NYC. They were all young and experienced artists hired to do the art ork for the comics, or what should have been the comics.

By 1950, World War II had ended and people no longer needed a 'hero' to look up to. The military had been the place where most of the comic reading happened, but after the war men came home and found new job. Finding time to read comics just never happened. This brought things to a halt for comic book creators, especially big ones such as Marvel and DC Comics. When this happened, Marvel gave its artists a new job: monsters.

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1950s - Birth of the American Consumer Culture

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:51:38 PM America/Denver

1950s kitchen with checkered floor and a red tableThe 1950s brought about a great change in the way America operated. For the first time, people had money to spend, and amazing new things to spend it on. Ideas changed in the way a lot of stuff was viewed as people began to focus on items and possessions more than ever before. This time period was the beginning of the 'Keeping up with the Joneses' ideology. These new ideas are called consumer culture. But how did it all begin? 

World War II

In the 1940s, life on the American Home Front was focused on the war. Most factories had changed their focus to produce war based goods, and, of course, business was good. This, by extension, created many jobs for those not already in the war.

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Going to a Rockin' Sock Hop

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:46:02 PM America/Denver

Woman in a poodle skirt standing next to a juke box“Sock hops?” you ask, “What are sock hops?”

Imagine one of today’s stomps. Ever wonder where they came from or what started it all? That’s right, it all started with 1950s classic style of dances; the lively and entertaining ‘sock hops’.

What is a sock hop?

The sock hop was a casual dance, energetic and exciting, filled with rock n’ roll music played from records compiled by a disc jockey. Everyone wore their favorite outfits, for the basic look of the boys. think ‘Grease’; long straight-legged jeans, with a big comb in the pocket. They had slicked back hair, possibly bleached by peroxide. For the girls ankle socks and poodle skirts, along with saddle shoes that had to be removed before stepping onto the dance floor (thus the name ‘sock hop’ came about).

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It's Howdy Doody Time!

Thursday, March 6, 2014 1:39:27 PM America/Denver

Howdy doody and Buffalo Bob SmithWhen I was in high school, I had the biggest crush on one of the school's star basketball players. I thought he was really cool. My dad, on the other hand, thought he was not. It's not that he wasn't cool; it's just that my dad was one of those very protective fathers, particularly of his daughters, and he didn't seem to like any guy that came around with special interests. He did, however, love to give these poor young men names. This particular person, he named “Howdy Doody.” Whenever I'd bring him up, out came a sing-songy “It's Howdy Doody time...,” the “Howdy Doody” theme song, sung to the tune of “Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay.” Not that my dad could sing, but he would make his point; and I rather liked it. 

Howdy Doody? So I thought.

So who was Howdy Doody? I really didn't know. I saw a picture once, and I got excited. Hey, he's not too bad  looking! Then I realized I wasn't looking at Howdy Doody. I was   looking at Buffalo Bob Smith with Howdy Doody chatting at his side. Howdy Doody was a puppet- and not a very handsome one, either! And the picture was in black and white. Did my dad really live that long ago, back in the days of hot rods and poodle skirts? Sure enough! 

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Posted By Heidi Rosier
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