Daily Life | Women's history and emancipation | Women's fashion, 1957 | 00122913
Daily Life | History of aviation | 00072328
Daily Life | History of the automobile | Frau posiert mit Fernseher, ca. 1955 | 00682988
Daily Life | History of the railway | Racing scene from a stock car race on the Amor-Bahn in Munich, 1954 | 02304858
Daily Life | History of sports | A man on a bridge in Paris, 1959 | 00686666
Daily Life | The 1920s | Woman in traditional clothes in Tijuana, 1958 | 00874862
Daily Life | The 1930s | A young woman with dog, 1963 | 00738170
Daily Life | The 1950s | The Winegrowers' Festival in Vevey, 1955 | 00610336
Daily Life | The 1960s | Rail traveller in the dining car of an interzonal train, 1954 | 02286390
Daily Life | The 1970s | Cheering at the German team after the victory in the World Cup final in Bern, 1954 | 00049182
Daily Life | The 1980s | Buried houses after the avalanches in Blons, 1954 | 02274349
Daily Life | Retro | Refugee family in their home near Muenster, 1961 | 02269362
Daily Life | Nostalgia | The "Hertie Kochparade" (Hertie Cooking Challenge) in the Congress Hall of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, 1952 | 02263748
Daily Life | Comical | The Gauder Fest in Zell am Ziller, 1952 | 02268989
Daily Life | Fashion - Photo Story by Kurt Schraudenbach 1950s | Refugee camp Allach, 1951 | 00043649
Daily Life | German tourists in Italy 1950s | The Basilica of Saints Ulrich and Afra in Augsburg | 00733345
Daily Life | Beginnings of television in West Germany | Edda Evangelista in Rome | 00385369
Daily Life | Stockcar race on the "Amor-Bahn" in Munich, 1954 | A singer in a nightclub in Augsburg | 00733412
Daily Life | Paris - Photo Storie by Gert Maehler 1959 | The fishing port of Aberdeen, Hong Kong | 00140489
Daily Life | Tijuana - Photo story by Alfred Strobel, 1958 | Kibbuz guards in Israel | 00142713
Daily Life | Augsburg: Public Life of the 50ies and 60ies - Photo Story by Gert Maehler | Jewish immigrants in Israel | 00139929
Daily Life | Vintage Festival of Vevey - Photo Story by Max Scheler 1955 | Chemical plant in Haifa | 00140726
Daily Life | Buffet car of an interzonal train - Photo story by Alfred Strobel | Older men in front of an ice cream parlor in New York | 00064338
Daily Life | World Cup 1954 | Frau posiert mit Fernseher, ca. 1955 | 00682988
Daily Life | Avalanche disaster in Vorarlberg (Austria), 1954 | A mosque in Israel | 00140444
The 1950s

The wounds of the Second World War were still deep, the Cold War was smoldering and a "balance of terror" split Germany and the world. In the young Federal Republic a broad mass of citizens was able to regain prosperity, self-confidence and, thus, normality in their everyday lives because of the so-called "economic miracle". The symbol of the economic recovery was the VW Beetle, dominating the streets of Germany in the 1950s. In the living rooms, TV sets became a new standard. The age of mass media and consumer culture had begun. After decades of wars and crises, a new kind of family idyll was propagated: the ideal world of the nuclear family in their own home and environment. Conformity was the order of the day.

However, the youth had other things in mind. The 1950s were also the decade, when Rock'n'Roll set off to conquer Europe via the United States. Instead of following their parents' orders, the youngsters danced to the rhythms of Bill Haley or Peter Kraus and, above all, to the sound of the King of Rock'n'Roll, Elvis Presley. Petticoat and jeans were the uniform of this new rebellious attitude to life. James Dean became the idol of a whole generation of "Halbstarke" and beatniks, the Vespa a symbol of their freedom and independence.