Then and Now

How Things Have Changed!!!!


Songs today are more explicit than songs from the 1950's. Songs from the 1950's had cleaner lyrics and were more wholesome. Musicians were also more conservative in the 50's than they are today. Below are some examples of songs from the 1950's and today. Today: 1. Royals by Lorde Pure Heroine 2. The Monster by Eminem 3. Timber by Pit Bull. From the1950's: 1. All shook up by Elvis Presley 2. Love letters in the Sand by Pat Boone 3. Little Darlin' by Diamonds

Elvis Presley: All Shook Up

Famous Musicians: Then and Now

Television shows

TV shows today are based on crime and violence. They are more graphic and the content is suggestive. Drugs and alcohol are much more prominent today than in the 1950's. TV shows in the 1950's, like the music, were more wholesome and centered around family, values, hard work, and doing the right thing. Here are some examples.

1950's TV Shows

Today's TV Shows

Prices Then and Now

Things today are much more expensive than in the 1950's. Here are some examples. 1950 price of: bread .19, car $1,510, stamps .03. Today's price of: bread $2.50, car anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000, stamps .49.

Magazine Ads

Magazine advertisements, much like TV shows, have become much more suggestive. Ads from the 1950's were more family appropriate. Today there are magazines that appeal to everybody. (even the freaks...) Here are some examples from the 50's and today. Some magazines from the 50's still exsit today.

Miss America

Miss America used to be every wholesome little girl's dream in the 1950's. Contestants used to sometimes refuse to wear swimsuits in the pageant. Now, the Miss America pageant has contestants that are career-minded, educated, and not a bit shy.

American Bandstand

American Bandstand aired from 1952 to 1989. Dick Clark was the host. It featured top 40 music and teenagers dancing. The show featured many popular music acts and became an iconic music show.

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