#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, January 24th, 2014 14:31
#2 By: kstop, January 24th, 2014 14:43
TIL that some white people really miss the `50s.
#3 By: digitalArtform, January 24th, 2014 14:45
I know someone like that. I photographed her once. I wonder if she's in the book.
#4 By: Geoffrey Clifford, January 24th, 2014 14:48
Since broadcast TV has gone digital, wouldn't watching TV be impossible on a 1950's set, which would decidedly be analog, without introducing some 21st century adapter technology?
#5 By: digitalArtform, January 24th, 2014 14:48
I think some of them want to "do it right, this time," rather than resurrect every aspect of the 50s.
#6 By: David Forbes, January 24th, 2014 14:57
I have considered original rockabilly (as practiced in the fifties, at least) as the punk rock of the time. It was an outlandish style of dress and music that annoyed the authority figures.
These days, it's an ossified retro style, similar in concept to that worn by Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn.
How times change.
#7 By: radioactivecat, January 24th, 2014 14:59
Yeah, my Dad grew up in the 50's. He sure has some stuff to say about girls with all "those marks all over themselves".
#8 By: Brendan Lott, January 24th, 2014 15:01
It's all fun and games until somebody gets polio.
#9 By: digitalArtform, January 24th, 2014 15:07
Punk rock is an ossified retro style, now, too.
#10 By: Tim, January 24th, 2014 15:08
Those people must be a bunch of health nuts or something. Only two of the subjects were smoking cigarettes, and one of those went outside to do so. I bet there wasn't even an ashtray in that baby's bedroom.
#11 By: Jason Andresen, January 24th, 2014 15:09
I was wondering if they installed separate water fountains for the coloreds and have segregated schools.
These people don't seem to like the 50s so much as as the whitewashed image of the 50s. Sort of like living in a Normal Rockwell painting.
#12 By: kstop, January 24th, 2014 15:09
What parts are being optimized in the linked gallery?
#13 By: Glich, January 24th, 2014 15:09
most likely there are exceptions there is a DVD player in one of the shots.
#14 By: Tim, January 24th, 2014 15:13
I guess there's no harm in that as long as you don't pretend the historical reality was just as rosy. It's possible to enjoy a renaissance faire without thinking it's all well and good to marry off your pre-teen daughter as part of a real estate deal.
#15 By: digitalArtform, January 24th, 2014 15:21
Not sure I follow. Can you elaborate?
#16 By: Christopher Waldrop, January 24th, 2014 15:42
I take it you don't go to a lot of renaissance fairs.
#17 By: David Forbes, January 24th, 2014 16:07
It's possible to live part of this life without being in a time warp. I have a good quantity of lovely fifties decor and gizmos in my house as a result of visiting too many estate sales in the eighties, and I drive a two-tone 1958 Chevy. But I also drive my wife's Prius. The Chevy, a faded, daily driver station wagon, mostly takes us to Burning Man.
#18 By: Steve Heist, January 24th, 2014 16:16
The stage play "Maple and Vine" explores a similar idea, in 2012 A.C.T. in SF had an enjoyable production. A stressed-out contemporary New York couple (Japanese husband, European wife) decide to try living in a (very) gated community called the "Society of Dynamic Obsolescence", where everyone lives like it's 1955. Residents remain "in character" at all times, and exert strong social pressure to stay away from topics that didn't exist in 1955 - "What's foccacia bread?" asks one housewife brightly. Troubling encounters with restrictive gender roles, race relations, and taboo sexuality are balanced by the pleasures of an (idealized) simplicity and slower pace - but is it worth it?
#19 By: Alexis, January 24th, 2014 16:41
So. . . I wonder what the standards are for birth control and legal abortion?
#20 By: snapdragon, January 24th, 2014 16:54
That's hilarious! You are kidding, right?
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