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1950-1969 All things mid century.

Teens, 1959-64  ”Black pants on beach”

Joseph Sterling

Teens, 1950s

Teenagers hanging out at the local drive in

Teens, c.1959-1962
Teenage boys with sodas.
Photo: Joseph Sterling 

Teens, c.1959-1962

Teenage boys with sodas.

Photo: Joseph Sterling 

Teens, 1954
Teenage boy peering through ticket booth window at local movie theater.

Teens, 1954

Teenage boy peering through ticket booth window at local movie theater.

Teens, 1954

A teenage couple going steady hold hands together as they walk.

Sody Pop!

Teens, 1950s

Soda Fountains: In their time, soda fountains flourished in pharmacies, ice cream parlors, candy stores, dime stores, department stores, milk bars and train stations.

They served an important function as a public space where neighbors socialized and exchange community news.

In the early 20th century, many fountains expanded their menus and became lunch counters, serving light meals as well as ice cream sodas, egg creams, sundaes, and such.

Soda fountains reached their height of popularity in the 1940s and 1950s. In the 50s they were considered a great place for teenagers to meet or to go on dates. Not only did they now serve Hamburgers and French Fries alongside ice cream concoctions but jukeboxes were often placed specifically in soda fountains to draw the young crowd with their love of the rock and the roll music! 

Teens, 1941

Last class in Economics being held outdoors for Mansfield, Ohio Senior High School Graduates

life

Teens, 1959

photo: Bruce Davidson

Teens, 1955

Teens, 1947

Teen couple sharing an ice cream cone

life

Teens, 1947

Teens gather at the counter of a local malt shop

Freedom Car  1950s

At the Movies,  1945

"At the local movie theater, boys have a very difficult time finding a place to put their long legs.”


Life

Seventeen Magazine

Art Directors Club Annual, 1958

Photo: Paul Elfenbein

When Children Start Dating 1951