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This is the decade of the Mail and Express . Shity ain't it.
But then I got to thinking. There are some good things about the 1950's .

A manufacturing base.
Commitment to mixed market economy , a general post war consensus.
Council houses being built.
Having some nationalised industries , the family silver according to Harold MacTory.
Churchill arguing for closer European integration.
Workers having a say in government , the tripartate system.

I know the above may have flaws , but I think the general idea behind the above aint all bad . Anyone have anymore?
By Carl La Fong
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The first challenges to authority and the establishment - sparked initially by the "angry young men" of literature.

The emergence of the first types of vibrant youth culture.

The idea that public transport be run for the benefit of its users rather than for profit.

Very low rate of unemployment.

General increase in prosperity so that more people were able to buy consumer goods such as washing machines, fridges and cars that had previously been the preserve of the better off.
By Eurobloke
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Carl La Fong wrote: General increase in prosperity so that more people were able to buy consumer goods such as washing machines, fridges and cars that had previously been the preserve of the better off.
Helped by easier rules on hire-purchase and cuts to old purchase tax. :lol:

Other great things about '50s...

*A mass public housing scheme which gave people improve sanitary conditions and heating.

*Influence by the war, people started to question the old order and class system.
By JohnD
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Let's not let crappy broadloid shitepapers keep the fifties all to themselves! Here are a few things I like from this much maligned decade:

* Teddy boys wearing mad old clothes like drape jackets, drainpipe trousers and winklepickers. I adore drainpipe trousers and have two pairs of winklepickers.

*The first generation of baby boomers becoming rebellious teenagers. They probably browned off their Daily Mail reading parents who yearned for the simple days of the 1910s.

* Lonnie Donegan, the king of home made skiffle music, one of the men who inspired The Beatles. Check out his hit 'Putting On The Style', it's ace!

*Keynesian economics dominating the post-war consensus until the mid-1970s, to the point that Conservatives don't bother to challenge the welfare state and the progressive system of income tax.

*Little Richard and Chuck Berry playing primitive rock'n'roll. You gotta love 'em.

*French philosophers such as Jean-Paul Satre writing about existentialism. I suppose that one day I'll actually sit down and read some of his work.

What else have I missed? Come on! Let's reclaim the '50s from the fist-shaking moaners!
By JohnD
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I'm pleased you asked about Teddy boys there, Adrian. Ted was an English youth subculture in the '50s. It began in London when Savile Row tailors tried to re-launch Edwardian style clothing in the post-war period, hence the name Teddy boys, which caught on after it was used in a filthy tabloid newspaper.

The clothes were typically long drape jackets with velvet collars, brocade waistcoats, skinny ties, trousers with extremely narrow legs (drainpipes) and shoes with long pointed toes (winklepickers) or chunky shoes with thick crepe soles (brothel creepers). These sorts of clothes would, of course, be very expensive and would be paid for in installments. The music favoured by the teds was the rock'n'roll coming out of the dear old US of A. There's a pretty good page about the whole Ted thing here: ... culture%29. I hope this satiates your curiosity.
By Adrian
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JohnD wrote:Oh no, I think I've made an error of a sort! Was it Teddy boys you were asking about or something else in that post you quoted, Adrian? Me and my communication problems, eh?
'S OK, I was asking about the items of clothing, should have made my post clearer. As it happens I had no real idea what Teddy Boys were either so the Wikipedia entry was an interesting history lesson, and you explained the items of clothing, so it's all OK.
By Paul
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I was there.

Blokes in bow ties read the news.

There was the BBC and the new ITV.

Most people wore hats.

There were still smogs and the Thames was dead.

There was up to an eon to get phone service.

Andy Pandy and Muffin the Mule was about the only stuff on TV for children.We always listened to the Queens speech at christmas on the radio.

Hospital was somewhere where you went to die and not to get better.

Roads were always very windy and narrow. I used to get car sick all the time.
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