What the ‘perfect’ 1950s family looked like

How to be a perfect fifties family

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Even though most people consider this a more modern problem, as early as 1950, the traditional family dinner and family time was going by the wayside.

With the relatively new distraction of television, families would sometimes pick up dinner and adjourn directly to the couch to watch their favorite program — all of this, of course, long before the days of VCRs and streaming video services like Hulu, Vudu and Amazon that allow us to watch whatever we want, whenever we want.

But back in the “Leave it to Beaver” era, already some folks thought there was a need to combat this alarming trend.

Long before this short film was skewered mercilessly (and hilariously) by Mystery Science Theater 3000, “A Date With Your Family” was aimed right at those folks who zoned out in front of the boob tube while forking down some TV dinners. – AJW

“A date with your family” (1950)


More scenes in the life of a picture-perfect fifties family

Making ice cream sundaes and treats for everyone (1959)

Making ice cream sundaes and treats for everyone (1959)
Photo by National Dairy Products Association (1959)

Children playing music for mother on a piano and recorder (1958)

Children playing music for mother on a piano and recorder(1958)
Photo by the Savings & Loan Foundation (1958)

Family playing with Tinkertoys (1957)

Family playing with Tinkertoys (1957)
Photo by Nutrilite Food Supplements (1957)



Mom and daughter in the kitchen (1959)

Mom and daughter in the kitchen (1959)
Photo by Family Circle (1959)

A fancy family dinner at the table (1959)

A fancy family dinner at the table (1959)
Photo by Everywoman’s Family Circle (1959)

Mom & kids hanging out in their uniquely-shaped kitchen

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LIFE Magazine – Photo of architect Margaret King Hunter and children (1956)
1959 Electric living home - Kitchen scene
Photo by Westinghouse (1959)

 

1950s housewife on a pink kitchen phone
Photo by Bell Telephone (1959)

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