Monday Quote

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

– Marilyn Monroe

Free People Through the Decades: The 1950s

It was a cheerful time – the war was over, the bad guys were gone, and America truly was the world’s last best hope. Corn on the cob and apple pie. Drive-in movies and long summer nights. High school heroes and soda-fountain romance. And that exciting, exciting new music, coming up north from somewhere down south.

When I think of the 50s I think of a period of change.  I imagine a world of color emerging from black and white… young people opening up their eyes to new music, new fashion and new ideas that their parents would have shunned.  Icons like Marylin Monroe and Audrey Hepburn taught girls to embrace their individuality and personal style and bad boys like Marlon Brando and James Dean replaced the clean-cut ideal. It was a time of awakening and transition from the rigid 40s to the free-spirited 60s.

Pictured, clockwise from top left:
Drive-in Movie Theaters were a popular hangout in the 50s
A 1950s Ford Thunderbird
Marilyn Monroe
Audrey Hepburn

1950s juke box – have you seen our Vintage Loves Wurlitzer?!
Elvis Presley helped popularize the new blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll of the 50s
A 1950s scene
Elsa Hosk in our Holiday Catalog
Marlon Brando
James Dean

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