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Old 02-28-2009, 11:08 PM   #1
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Default Negative things about the 1950's.

It was supposedly America's "golden era," but let's face it...it had plenty of flaws. Women didn't have as many rights and their place was supposed to be in the home. Lame. Then there was that crazy communist scare, with plenty of innocent people being interrogated. Segregation was socially accepted. And, let's face it. We all love the internet, obviously. There was none of that, then, though I'm sure it could be nice sometimes.

Basically, each decade has it's good points and bad points.
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lol, i like this thread. you listed everything i would have said.
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Polio epidemic.

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It was still frowned upon for girls to wear pants. I like my pants, thank you very much.
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The vast majority of soaps were only on for 15 minutes a day. There were about a million on the air on any given day, but I, for one, do not know how those viewers were satisfied with JUST 15 minutes a day. I need 25 or more, kthxbye.
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I love the 50s and 50s music, but what is it with the people using the trunk of the car as a seat back then? I know if I did that today Id be dead in a second
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The vast majority of soaps were only on for 15 minutes a day. There were about a million on the air on any given day, but I, for one, do not know how those viewers were satisfied with JUST 15 minutes a day. I need 25 or more, kthxbye.
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The vast majority of soaps were only on for 15 minutes a day. There were about a million on the air on any given day, but I, for one, do not know how those viewers were satisfied with JUST 15 minutes a day. I need 25 or more, kthxbye.
Soaps as the they were called came from radio as all the sponsors were soap companies and didn't really begin on TV till the early 60's. The earliest I can call was General hospital, starring John Beradino, ex second baseman for the Cleveland Indians,as Dr. Hardy.

Now the trick was to see television. Reception was poor, you used what was called "rabbit ears" to get a picture. Each time you turned the channel you turned the ears. There was doubles and ghosts, so alas I must say it, you were forced to see your friends. Tv was a secondary thing. Getting together was most important. You only woke in the middle of the night to pee, not to see if anyone emailed you.

It may sound strange but going to the soda shoppe, getting together with your friends, having a malted and listening to the jukebox playing your favorite tunes was pure enjoyment. You actually said to your friends, "see you after school in the school yard for a game of hoops"

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Soaps as the they were called came from radio as all the sponsors were soap companies and didn't really begin on TV till the early 60's. The earliest I can call was General hospital, starring John Beradino, ex second baseman for the Cleveland Indians,as Dr. Hardy.
Nah, there was an outrageous amount of soaps on TV in the 50s. The first real hits were Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life, Guiding Light, and The Secret Storm, all CBS soaps. NBC was so desperate to have some hits...they put out upwards of 15 soaps in the 50s, most of which lasted a little under or over a year. ABC stayed out of the soap game, for the most part, in the 50s. Oddly enough, ABC and NBC both found their first hit soap on the very same day (April Fool's Day, 1963) with two soaps that were set in the hospital/medical business: GH on ABC and "The Doctors" on NBC.

Another negative thing about the 50s: many men (and women) in the entertainment industry, including James Dean, Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, and Anthony Perkins, were forced to present themselves as heterosexual in order to keep their careers.
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Seat belts were available as an option in Cadillacs beginning in the 1957 model year.
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This thread is an obvious response to the other 'positive' 1950s thread. To summarize what I said in the other one: I grew up in the '50s; in spite of its problems and downsides, it was, in my opinion, a more optimistic time in the country. Countless others share that opinion. No one (I hope) wants to go back there, but we can take what's good about the decade and celebrate it. Every decade will have plusses and minuses. I just think that these days we are in, despite advances in many areas, technological, medical, etc., there is just as much cynicism, hatred, cruelty etc.,--as ever before, perhaps even more. The 50's were great in many ways, and pathetic in others (segregation, Korean War, Soviet Totalitarianism etc.,). Today, we can take what is good about the 50's or any other decade, and discard what was not good. That's all I am saying.
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