What was it like to Grow Up in the 1950s? Holly Szczypka Alex Wang Kevin Lin
USA vs USSR (Capitalism vs Communism)
‘Children are to be seen and not heard’
Morals fixed into daily life
Always obeyed parents
Values importance of education
Further diversity of subjects
Rights to child education
Science promoted by NSF
400% average college tuition fees
Sex education taught minimally
Division between African-Americans and ‘white community’
THE RISE OF TELEVISION- Television was recorded live, so many things often went wrong!
Children’s Clubs/Activities and games included; Club Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Baseball. (Little League)
DIY kits were popular, from paint by number, model cars and paper dolls .
Games included monopoly, Checkers, Cards, Hula Hoops and Pogo Sticks.
“That basement was way cool after Mom and Dad finished it. We had the TV down there (only one TV in those days), though none of us ever watched it all that much. All our toys. A rotating between a ping pong table and a pool table. Needless to say, nobody spent much time in the "living room" upstairs. (Though I don't think the shuffleboard ever was that popular.)”
Projects were popular too, And many outdoor actives, such as camping, picnics or just getting to the park, were enjoyed.