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Referring to the time period between 1950 A.D. and 1959 A.D. by the Gregorian calendar.

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Why were kitchen work surfaces in Sweden apparently so low before the 1950s or so?

Watching old "newsreel"-like films from the 1950s and 1960s, and seeing this in old comics and from other Swedish sources, I have formed the perception that many/most/all kitchens in Sweden, ...
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Looking to Identify a pin/ badge

I am looking to identify this badge that my grandfather was wearing in this picture I know it’s blurry but never seen it before and don’t know where to start looking for a way to identify it. He would ...
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What percentage of people were acquitted in "Stalin's trials"

What proportion of those accused under Article 58 and other political articles were acquitted in 1930-1953 in the USSR?
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Was there a tax in the fifties for British citizens traveling abroad?

I have found a dialog in Roberto Rossellini's 1954 film Journey to Italy where the character played by George Sanders says it's expensive to stay abroad too much. That would seem natural, only the ...
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What is my grandfather's shoulder patch?

This is a photograph of my grandfather... his DD214 shows his last unit as Co C 52d AIB APO 221
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Did "errand boys" really have to wear handcuffs attached to the briefcase?

In a Donald Duck comic published in 1994 (possibly conceived up to a few years prior, and possibly "set" in the 1950s), Donald Duck is forced to become an errand boy. The boss gives him a ...
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Why did the USA ever test nukes on their own soil? [closed]

I've recently read about these atom bomb tests that frequently occurred semi-near Las Vegas, which people flocked to. Even if they didn't understand the risks at the time, isn't it a serious problem ...
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Did they actually have "mushroom cloud tourist attraction" to Nevada Test Site in the 1950s?

During the 1950s, the mushroom clouds, from the 100 atmospheric tests, could be seen from almost 100 mi (160 km) away. The city of Las Vegas experienced noticeable seismic effects, and the mushroom ...
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Did teenagers in the USA in the 1960s and 1950s really engage in dangerous, reckless driving to this extent?

My general perception of the 1960s in the USA, and possibly also the late 1950s, other than "drugs and hippies", is that the youth constantly was driving around in their cars, racing, daring and ...
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What does a black cloth on your upper left arm mean in the context of 1950s USA? [closed]

As I was watching yet another episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" from around 1957, I noticed a scene where this man has a black cloth on his arm: What does this mean? He doesn't wear it ...
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How can there be a "final edition" of a morning paper, in the morning?

A US television episode from 1957 has the following scene, set in a hotel restaurant in what is clearly the morning, as he is eating breakfast and it looks brightly lit: Person: "The morning paper, ...
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Is this "Westinghouse All Electric House" video, called a "promo from the mid 1950s", a hoax?

This video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyrTgtPTz3M It barely has any description, the comments are turned off, and the Wikipedia article on "Westinghouse Electric Company" does not help to clear ...
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Why, in old movies and TV series, do they always use such extremely exaggerated wheel turns when driving a car?

In old movies and TV episodes from the 1950s (for instance), they would frequently have a car in a studio with a background consisting of a screen showing a pre-recorded sequence of somebody driving a ...
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How could someone avoid US military service in the early 1950's?

I have been trying to find information on what could be legitimate deferments for military service during the 50's in the US that don't involve draft dodging. I am a writer and working on a project ...
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In 1940s/50s how did refugees earn US citizenship?

I'm writing a piece about a polish refugee at the start of WW2 and I am trying to figure out the process for an unaccompanied minor, whose parents are supposed to be dead if that makes a difference, ...
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Possible history behind photograph related to 1962 Sino-Indian War

I came across the following image in an archive of photographs related to the 1962 Sino-Indian War: I have posted a question for identification of the aircraft. The text in the archive seems to ...
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Date this Jubilee Day photo

I participate in a Facebook group about the history of my hometown, Mechanicsburg, PA. We are trying to put a year on the following picture taken on the town’s annual street fair, called Jubilee Day. ...
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How common was drug abuse and related deaths in the USA during the conservative 1950s?

The 1950s are often idolized as a relatively pure era in self-image and fiction: People were friendly and helpful and knew how to behave, children did not need to have fear of stranger-danger, the ...
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Who coined the term "Golden Age" in reference to musical theatre?

Typically, the Golden Age of Broadway/Musical Theatre is considered to have taken place from the 1940s to the 1960s (some definitions are more specific, citing something like 1943 to 1959). It was ...
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