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!

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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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urafotze
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3 years ago

I love it.

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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

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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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Samantha Bing
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3 years ago

Gorgeous!

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#6

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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#7

Daytona Beach,1957

Daytona Beach,1957

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taylor02
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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

Cool and chilling at the same time...

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#9

Store Front, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

Store Front, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

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Alextrónica
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3 years ago

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Cosas de negros.

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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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ItsYaBoi
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3 years ago

She looks like she doesn't want to get wet

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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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BusLady
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3 years ago

Sad little girl. Great portrait. It captured her emotions.

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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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Norsman
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3 years ago

Seriously?! And no one is going to comment on people interacting more productively than nowadays?!

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#17

Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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3 years ago

This is so sad.

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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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