Here's a thread dedicated to the '50s— the best and worst the decade had to offer. And of course, by the "50's", I do mean the cultural time period between 1945-1963.
Back in a much less politically correct age, where the spectre of the Atomic Bomb began looming over humanity but wasn't quite imposing enough to threaten our total extinction, when the automobile was the peak of freedom and all you needed to do to be rebellious was to wear a leather jacket. When blacks were hosed down just for wanting a few rights while communist Slavs were suddenly the new Antichrist. When rock 'n roll escaped the inner city and jazz was the predominant youth music of the day. Back during the days of capable fathers, stay-at-home mothers, two kids and the family dog out in Modesto, blissfully ignorant of whatever the fuck was going on outside their neighborhood.
Zoot suits and fedoras, oh my!
Naturally, I'm most intrigued by the sci-tech and sci-fi of the era (as well as sci-fi that replicates the Golden Age; things like Fallout and Destroy All Humans!). This is due to my latent antemillennialism— my obsession over the Past through the lens of the Future. I love the idea of different lifestyles co-existing— hunter-gatherers mingling with technists and whatnot. I love thinking about low-tech living, and I have something of a fetish for "old-school technology"— I had a geek boner just when discussing computers with 256 bytes of memory! Not that I'd want to actively use such tech in my daily life. Not at all. But the '50s were the peak of "old-school techporn" for me. It was the last decade where digital computers were a sci-fi invention come true and the whole aesthetic of the time was unique. Chrome rocket ships with wood-panel floors? Sign me up!