The 1950’s are often viewed as a golden era in U.S. history, a time of happiness and prosperity, despite the threat of nuclear annihilation, racial segregation and the looming Cold War.

While most photos from the time are in black and white, color photography was still a relative novelty at the time and the film was quite expensive for regular people, the photos below are in glorious color. This means that they are more relatable, and makes the period feel closer to us than ever.

Many of the photos were collected by Denis Fraevich, a New Yorker of Russian descent who loves to bring the era back to life. “The pictures were found at auctions, flea markets and yards, digitized and posted on the Internet,” he told Bored Panda. “Someone's happy life, someone's dreams, important events, holidays and travel, for some reason were thrown into the garbage and became penny goods in a neighborhood sale. Seeing this is incredibly sad, but thanks to enthusiasts who buy and digitize old slides, we can raise the curtain of time and look at that era through the eyes of ordinary Americans.”

It is Denis' hobby to search for these photos, he is fascinated by all things Americana and loves history, abandoned places and as you can see in many of the photos, classic American cars. “I am amazed at how often a car is present in the frame,” he said. “They obviously occupied a much more important position in the life of an American than in our time. Today, it is much less likely that someone would take pictures of their car or television.” Denis works as a Russian-speaking tour guide in NYC and has a fascinating blog, which you can find here. (Translate it from Russian)

Scroll down to check out the pictures below, it might just inspire you to dig out that old leather jacket and the Brylcreem!

#1

Colored Entrance, Alabama, 1956

Colored Entrance, Alabama, 1956

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Poppy Fern
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3 years ago

This is so heartbreaking and sad :(

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Ladylike In NYC, 1958

Ladylike In NYC, 1958

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Poppy Fern
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3 years ago

This is actually a very beautiful photo <3

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My Very Cool Grandpa In The 1950s Holding A Fish, Smoking A Cigarette, With A Book Tucked Into His Pants And Cigarette Pack In His Sleeve

My Very Cool Grandpa In The 1950s Holding A Fish, Smoking A Cigarette, With A Book Tucked Into His Pants And Cigarette Pack In His Sleeve

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MPTO TavasziD
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3 years ago

what a handsome guy!

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A Drink, A Cigar And Not Giving A Good Goddamn, 1950s

A Drink, A Cigar And Not Giving A Good Goddamn, 1950s

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Poppy Fern
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3 years ago

No shoes and everything lol

Jo Morris
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3 years ago

But still with her "nylons" on!

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Apollo
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3 years ago

And still as classy as hell. And with a book.

TC
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3 years ago

I'd marry this woman and buy black socks for the guy behind her...

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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3 years ago

Oh thank you. One of my pet peeves. Guys who wear white socks and dark pants and shoes.

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Aaron Kara
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3 years ago

Ahhhh, tugging on a large beer and a pull on a cigar after a long days work. Nice!

Martin
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3 years ago

T*H*O*T

Jeff B
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3 years ago

The HUSSY Over There?

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Gabi Horvath
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3 years ago

And a proper hallux valgus.

Naomi Armitage
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3 years ago

She's probably still alive today. GOD bless her.

Dawn Baik
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3 years ago

you go girl!

Jean Donahue
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2 years ago

A wild child for sure!!

Marina Vrielink
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3 years ago

I LOVE this one!

Debbie Beth MardleWagner
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3 years ago

Woohoo love this rebel

Mary Kay
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3 years ago

Love it!

Pattie Kelly
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3 years ago

" Gee life is grand".

Kerry Smith
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3 years ago

Cigars aren't cool for anyone...

John Stackhouse
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3 years ago

Looks like my daughters grandmother!

sharron lynn parsons
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3 years ago

No purple hair, and a nice dress, good old days !

Leonard Guillory III
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3 years ago

Look like she at a Chicago Cubs game in the 40's.

Eric Baker
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3 years ago

Mom !!!!

endelbendel
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3 years ago

Our mothers.

Carole Olson
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3 years ago

She had best watch it! She is going to lose her tongue into that bottle! LOL

Elizabeth Butler
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3 years ago

And the Argus C3 camera case

Cyndi moring
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3 years ago

looks just like my mom. Same glasses, even

Patricia Jones
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3 years ago

But still so dressed up

Fayna Riedel-Bernabela
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3 years ago

But very nicely dressed!

dora sim
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3 years ago

The 1950s punk

Susan Forbes
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3 years ago

It's those quiet librarian types that always surprise you

Rachel Rosky
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3 years ago

Women's fashion back then will just never be topped.

Abhisek Chakraborty
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3 years ago

That is a lovely spectacle!

lilspiffy
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3 years ago

And about to burn a big hole in that dress...

Swarf
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3 years ago

Welcome to high school.

Molly Block
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3 years ago

Wondering what is that package on the seat? That blue/white object?

Jim Patterson
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3 years ago

Has just said to heck with societal norms and expectations....

Spinstapink
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3 years ago

ooh, I like her!

katarina
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3 years ago

and barefoot :)))

Pam
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3 years ago

She was one of a kind, back then, huh?

Kathy Baylis
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3 years ago

Ah, college...

Furious_Lover
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3 years ago

Present day.....

Holly Hofmann
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3 years ago

I love her!!

MammaG
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3 years ago

Sweet glasses.

Hannah Faith
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3 years ago

me this summer lol

Max L.
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3 years ago

Can I ask anyone knows who she is ? Id love to try to contact her now.

MammaG
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3 years ago

You'll need a Ouija board.

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jevais
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3 years ago

Those were the times... as goes the song

Richard Carr
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3 years ago

A REAL LADY.

Louise Brigance
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3 years ago

That guy in the back ground is seriously wishing he could trade places with her.

Bob D.
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3 years ago

Single and determined to stay that way.

Marnee DeRider
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3 years ago

Why did women in the 50s always look like they were at least 40 to me? It's hard to imagine this being a young woman, even though I can tell she is.

Justine Nicole
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3 years ago

You know that guy behind is thinking wow how did I end up with this girl... this woman looks like so much more fun hahaha

Ojberretta Berretta
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3 years ago

damn shes hot

Nora H.
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3 years ago

I like this photo. But still, it's funny how everyone suddenly approves of drinking and smoking, just because it's in the fifties..?

BusLady
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3 years ago

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Shocking behavior for that time. Looks like it was staged for a joke. Note the old camera case.

MammaG
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3 years ago

Obviously someone had a camera. Could be staged, though.

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Alextrónica
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3 years ago

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Here we can see a cancer race: liver against lung.

Cal VH
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3 years ago

Gross comment.

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#5

My Grandma Had Such A Gorgeous Smile. 1950's

My Grandma Had Such A Gorgeous Smile. 1950's

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Odette Boisvert
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3 years ago

oh god those frickles!!! LOVE!!!

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An Officer With Hot Foot Teddy, The Real-Life Inspiration For Smokey The Bear, 1950

An Officer With Hot Foot Teddy, The Real-Life Inspiration For Smokey The Bear, 1950

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JenMC
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3 years ago

That poor little bear

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Daytona Beach,1957

Daytona Beach,1957

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Ethan Hunter
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3 years ago

Check out this now! d29c2d4cf3...74fb-1.jpg d29c2d4cf3a4c6e7121bc6009fb874fb-1.jpg

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James Dean At A California Gas Station With His Silver Porsche 550 Spyder, Named "Little Bastard," Just Hours Before His Fatal Crash. September 30, 1955

James Dean At A California Gas Station With His Silver Porsche 550 Spyder, Named "Little Bastard," Just Hours Before His Fatal Crash. September 30, 1955

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Simone
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3 years ago

Cool and chilling at the same time...

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Store Front, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

Store Front, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Those old stores always has "product placement" coke signs.

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#10

Girl And Her Grandmother Window-Shopping In Mobile, Alabama, 1956

Girl And Her Grandmother Window-Shopping In Mobile, Alabama, 1956

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Daria B
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3 years ago

The face expression of the lady clearly says how much she loves the little girl. Or at least, that's how it looks like to me. ^^

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#11

Anne St. Marie, New York City, 1959

Anne St. Marie, New York City, 1959

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eleven's eggos
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3 years ago

Stunning, you don't see that style anymore

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#12

Alabama, 1956

Alabama, 1956

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Chicago Kitty
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3 years ago

Oh the history they must have seen...

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#13

The Streets Of San Francisco. 1957

The Streets Of San Francisco. 1957

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Nice shot. All those old cars. Wonder how many are still on the road?

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Girl Portrait. Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956

Girl Portrait. Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956

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MammaG
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3 years ago

I want to boop her nose to make her smile. She looks so tired.

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#15

At The Party, 1956

At The Party, 1956

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Nadja Lambacher
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3 years ago

Stunning Beauty

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#16

Showgirls Playing Chess Backstage At The Latin Quarter Nightclub - New York, NY (1958)

Showgirls Playing Chess Backstage At The Latin Quarter Nightclub - New York, NY (1958)

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Apollo
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3 years ago

Why was everyone so classy back then? The girl in the front looks like she's a 16th century Italian painting.

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Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

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Wanda Queen
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3 years ago

This is the shit we mustn't forget, especially in this day when people want to keep telling us we need to get back to some imaginary "good old days".

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#18

A Slightly Surrealistic Photo Of My Grandma And Some Dude Somewhere In Florida, 1957

A Slightly Surrealistic Photo Of My Grandma And Some Dude Somewhere In Florida, 1957

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BusLady
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3 years ago

Trying to empress her, and she's not even looking. That's why he's "some dude' instead of "Grampa."

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#19

South Side Snack. 1953, Chicago

South Side Snack. 1953, Chicago

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ItsYaBoi
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3 years ago

I love this photo, so powerful!

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Child In A Car Seat

Child In A Car Seat

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Brivid
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3 years ago

That thing looks pointless .

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