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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

No shoes and everything lol

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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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

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

Timea Talitha Kumi
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2 years ago

Thank you! 😀🌹

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kat bess
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2 years ago

so sad that the cars today are ulgy. These are so beautiful

Bored Bear
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2 years ago

What are you talking about. Those cars are still beautiful to people who likes classic cars.

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Moomooz
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2 years ago

Those cars..

BusLady
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2 years ago

The ladies are checking out the guy on the motorbike.

BusLady
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2 years ago

And he's checking them out.

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Aud Mac
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2 years ago

cars on beaches!!

Manuel Andres
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2 years ago

Great Pics

taylor02
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2 years ago

This makes for an awesome tilt-shift > https://imgur.com/YGQmTdC 5a82f6123c...1e0de4.jpg 5a82f6123ced6_mrclpovh__700-tiltshift-5ad0aed1e0de4.jpg

Johanna Zamora
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2 years ago

That is so overused. Enjoy the deep focus, bright light of a real beach instead of some imaginary miniature.

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deanna woods
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9 months ago

Before MTV took over.

Brenda Bemister
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1 year ago

Love this picture. Beautiful each and all this 1957 cars

Paula Hopkins
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1 year ago

Lifetime

Richard Carr
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1 year ago

WOW.

Maureen Kick
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1 year ago

WOW

Debbie Beth MardleWagner
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1 year ago

Wow, some nice motor vehicles there

Mary Kay
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2 years ago

Cars on the sand, wow.

Laurie Lonnevik
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2 years ago

Everyone so thin!

Pattie Kelly
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2 years ago

A good way to sell cars and catch some sun and swimming all at once.

Jeff B
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2 years ago

We would be looking at about 30 million worth of cars if this picture were taken today.

Jeannie Carle
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2 years ago

Look at those beautiful cars!!!!!!!!!

sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Oh, the cars, wow !!!

Kym Laing
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2 years ago

Awesome to see the comparison, thanks Ethan Hunter

Debbie Painter
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2 years ago

My uncle used to race in Daytona in the days when they still raced on the sands like this.

Elizabeth Feener
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2 years ago

Why do people want to drive on the beach?

Carole Olson
Community Member
2 years ago

1957 WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR!

John Davidson
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2 years ago

Tried to get there, but born too late!

Susan Ramsay
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2 years ago

Went there often in the 50's as Grandma lived in Daytona. Visited in the 90's and the beach is greyer and dirtier looking. Too many cars driving on the pristine white sand. So sad.

Bryan M
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2 years ago

Love the cars - those were the days!

John Davidson
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2 years ago

Born too late!?!

BusLady
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2 years ago

TY, Ethan for the current pic. Nice to compare

Marina Tod
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2 years ago

Love this photo. There was so much freedom in those days.

Tony Moon
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2 years ago

I prefer my beaches car-less. but I'm old fashioned that way.

Eduardo Magueta
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2 years ago

odd, this is a type of sight we never see where I live.

Dubey Ji
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2 years ago

Fantastic shot

Lucretia Pruitt
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2 years ago

I'd go in a heartbeat just for those cars!

Kenny Saus
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2 years ago

Its a dump now. Most hotels went under

Stephanie Schuterman
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually I was living there in 1957!!!!!

ispeak catanese
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2 years ago

Still don't understand why they allow driving on that beach.

Vaida Kuodytė
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2 years ago

Cars on the beach... only in 'Murica, I hope :/. Eew.

TC
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2 years ago

No towels on the sand...

NK
Community Member
2 years ago

Was never a fan of gasoline, diesel and other pollutants near a pristine beach, I guess thats why daytona's water now looks like a sewer pit up close.

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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2 years ago

no it doesn't.

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#8

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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

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

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#14

Girl Portrait. Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956

Girl Portrait. Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956

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MammaG
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2 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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2 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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2 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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#17

Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

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Wanda Queen
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

That thing looks pointless .

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