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10 Fads from the 1950s That Changed the Nation Forever

6) Tupperware

Not only did the company revolutionize how we stored food, but the home sales brand gave women a way to earn money and make friends. It was a stepping stone for many women who would have otherwise not been working. Other brands following the same model were all the also caught on, from clothes to jewelry to makeup and beyond.

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7) Elvis

It is possible that rock and roll would have evolved well enough without Elvis’ music, but the evolution of popular dance was certainly hurled into modernity by the King’s gyrating hips and never-before-seen moves.

8) Blue Jeans

Blue jeans started becoming more popular in the ’50s for teens. The trendy look was disconnected from the manual labor that had necessitated denim in years past. The cuffed jean look became iconic of the ’50s and opened the door for a whole new generation to express themselves in denim.

9) Drive-ins

With the rise of car culture came the drive-in and they were wildly popular in the ’50s. From tiny small town joints to national chains, the boom in car ownership particularly among teens, made them a novel place to grab dinner.

10 Fads from the 1950s That Changed the Nation Forever

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10) Invention of Hairspray

Invented in 1948, it wouldn’t be until the magic of television (and commercials) reached the majority of households in the ’50s that the new-fangled hairspray really caught on with women. With the short hairstyles of the decade it’s no wonder that hairspray was such a hit.

10 Fads from the 1950s That Changed the Nation Forever

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