History | The 1950s | Mode der 50er Jahre-Reportage von Kurt Schraudenbach 50er Jahre | Women's fashion, 1957 | 00122913
History | The 1950s | Deutsche Urlauber in Italien 1950er Jahre | German tourists in Italy 1950s | 02100064
History | The 1950s | Stockcar-Rennen auf der Amor-Bahn in München, 1954 | Racing scene from a stock car race on the Amor-Bahn in Munich, 1954 | 02304858
History | The 1950s | Paris - Reportage von Gert Mähler 1959 | Paris - Photo Storie by Gert Maehler 1959 | 02101485
History | The 1950s | Tijuana - Reportage von Alfred Strobel, 1958 | Woman in traditional clothes in Tijuana, 1958 | 00874862
History | The 1950s | Augsburg: Öffentliches Leben in den 50er und 60er Jahren - Reportage von Gert Mähler | A young woman with dog, 1963 | 00738170
History | The 1950s | Winzerfest von Vevey - Reportage von Max Scheler 1955 | The Winegrowers' Festival in Vevey, 1955 | 00610336
History | The 1950s | "Gesamtdeutscher" Speisewagen im Interzonenverkehr - Reportage von Alfred Strobel | Rail traveller in the dining car of an interzonal train, 1954 | 02286390
History | The 1950s | Fußball-WM 1954 | Cheering at the German team after the victory in the World Cup final in Bern, 1954 | 00049182
History | The 1950s | Lawinenkatastrophe in Vorarlberg - Reportage von Alfred Strobel, 1954 | Buried houses after the avalanches in Blons, 1954 | 02274349
History | The 1950s | Flüchtlingsfamilie Barmiske in Münster - Reportage von Alfred Strobel, 1954 | Refugee family in their home near Muenster, 1961 | 02269362
History | The 1950s | "Hertie Kochparade" in München - Reportage von Alfred Strobel, 1952 | The "Hertie Kochparade" (Hertie Cooking Challenge) in the Congress Hall of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, 1952 | 02263748
History | The 1950s | Gauder Fest in Zell am Ziller - Reportage von Alfred Strobel, 1952 | The Gauder Fest in Zell am Ziller, 1952 | 02268989
History | The 1950s | Flüchtlingslager Allach - Reportage von Heinz Hering 1951 | Refugee camp Allach, 1951 | 00043649
History | The 1950s | Augsburg: Stadtansichten 50er und 60er Jahre - Reportage von Gert Mähler | The Basilica of Saints Ulrich and Afra in Augsburg | 00733345
History | The 1950s | Rom und Süditalien- Reportagen von Kurt Schraudenbach 1950-1964 | Edda Evangelista in Rome | 00385369
History | The 1950s | Augsburg: Nachtleben in den 50er und 60er Jahren - Reportage von Gert Mähler | A singer in a nightclub in Augsburg | 00733412
History | The 1950s | Hongkong-Reportage von Max Scheler 1950 | Hongkong - Photo Story by Max Scheler 1950 | 02100980
History | The 1950s | Kibbuz in Israel - Reportage von Max Scheler 1950 | Kibbuz guards in Israel | 00142713
History | The 1950s | Einwanderer in Israel - Reportage von Max Scheler 1950 | Immigrants in Israel - Photo Story by Max Scheler 1950 | 02100645
History | The 1950s | Israel-Reportage von Max Scheler 1950 | Israel - Photo Story by Max Scheler 1950 | 02100617
History | The 1950s | USA-Reportagen von Kurt Schraudenbach 1950-1965 | Older men in front of an ice cream parlor in New York | 00064338
History | The 1950s | Anfänge des Fernsehens in der BRD | Beginnings of television in West Germany | 02100289
History | The 1950s | Israel-Reportage von Max Scheler 1950 | Israel - Photo Story by Max Scheler 1950 | 02100157
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.