Look back at ’50s life in small towns

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Cute house from the 1950s with kids playing in front

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The 1950s brought us a whole host of things — rock & roll, the jet age, the tail end of the baby boomers — and a whole glut of (sometimes amusing) educational films.

While the video below, documenting all the work that goes into making a small town run, comes off a bit idealized and perhaps somewhat trite today, what it does still do very well is give us a small glimpse into the small town of the 1950s. Design, fashions, cars, buildings and culture are all on display here, and it’s interesting to see how all have evolved.

We have also added a few more snapshots of small-town life back in the ’50s.

A day in the life of a small town in the 1950s

Family picnic bbq 1959 food

Vintage movie theater from 1958

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Little blow-up wading pool from the 1950s

Teen party with records and milk 1950s

1950s grocery store

Woman fishing in 1956

Mom and dad with baby in 1952

Fifties family with new puppy 1952

Classroom scene at elementary school in the 1950s

Vintage bus stop people in the 50s

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