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Daily Life | The 1950s | Vintage Festival of Vevey - Photo Story by Max Scheler 1955 00610336
Daily Life | The 1950s | Buffet car of an interzonal train - Photo story by Alfred Strobel 02286390
Daily Life | The 1950s | World Cup 1954 00049182
Daily Life | The 1950s | Avalanche disaster in Vorarlberg (Austria), 1954 02274349
Daily Life | The 1950s | Refugee Family in Muenster - Photo story by Alfred Strobel, 1954 02269362
Daily Life | The 1950s | "Hertie Cooking Challenge" in Munich - Photo story by Alfred Strobel, 1952 02263748
Daily Life | The 1950s | "Gauder Fest" in Zell am Ziller - Photo story by Alfred Strobel, 1952 02268989
Daily Life | The 1950s | Refugee camp Allach - Photo Story by Heinz Hering 1951 00043649
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Daily Life | The 1950s | Rome and Southern Italy- Photo Stories of Kurt Schraudenbach 1950-1960 00385369
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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.