About FiftiesWeb.com

Welcome to FiftiesWeb.com, your #1 online resource for factual and engaging content about the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Established in 1996, this decades-old website is dedicated to sharing quality information about mid-20th century history.

Meet Mimi Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

I’m a true child of the 70s, and my fascination with the 50s, 60s, and early 70s began in my formative years. Listening to the stories my parents and grandparents shared about the music, 50s fashion, and historical events of these decades ignited a lifelong passion within me.

About FiftiesWeb.com Photo
An artistic portrait of myself, Mimi. It was generously contributed to the website by Leo. The image captures the essence of my personality and the spirit of this website. While it may not be a traditional photograph, it beautifully represents the genuine passion and dedication that drives when it comes to the content on my website.

For several decades, I’ve been on a relentless quest for knowledge, meticulously researching, writing, and curating content about these transformative decades. My pursuit has taken me through the pages of books, magazines, interviews, and the collection of tangible relics from the era, such as photographs, videos, and other invaluable historical artifacts.

My goal is to provide you, our valued visitors, with engaging, entertaining, and factually accurate content that explores the music, fashion,  cars , television, movies, and the ever-changing pop culture of these extraordinary decades. Oh, there were so many inventions and discoveries made!

At FiftiesWeb.com, you can trust that the information you receive is reliable and meticulously vetted. I am unwavering in my commitment to uphold the integrity and legacy of this decades-old website, maintaining standards of expertise, relevance, and accuracy in all the content I curate and create.

About FiftiesWeb.com Photo
I wish I was cool enough to have a 50s car in my living room but I don’t. This is another artistic portrayal of me between all my magazines and memorabilia.

Whether you lived through these remarkable eras or simply yearn to experience them vicariously, I am excited to share my extensive knowledge and resources with you. As you browse the website, if you have any questions or feedback, you can always send me a message.

Why FiftiesWeb.com?

I operate this website to debunk the myth that “nothing cool happened” in the 50s, 60s and 70s. These decades represent an era of profound innovation and progress across music, fashion, technology, and culture.

From the advent of Elvis and the Beatles to the interstellar adventures of Star Trek, the dawn of video games, man’s first steps on the moon, the birth of the computer era, and the electrifying rise of rock ‘n’ roll.

In addition to my passion for the 50s to 70s, I bring to the table a wealth of experience as a writer and publisher. On this website, I combine my passion for this era with my publishing skills to create content that is well-researched, engaging, and enjoyable. My goal is to offer visitors a unique blend of historical facts, nostalgic reminiscence, and delightful entertainment.

Whether you have fond memories of these times or simply yearn to discover the magic of the past, I invite you to explore FiftiesWeb.com, where this journey is just beginning!

A Tribute to the Creators

FiftiesWeb.com owes its inception to the visionary Candace Rich, whose boundless love for the 50s inspired the creation of this platform. Following her, her brother Michael Rich carried on the torch after her passing. She has moved on to new challenges and opportunities, a place which no doubt has both a soda fountain and a jukebox.

Candace dedicated years to meticulous research, and her legacy lives on through this website. This website serves as a heartfelt tribute to Candace’s passion for learning, teaching, and preserving the spirit of the 1950s.

Notable Mentions

They say I need to add personal kudos to this, well instead of listening to me bragging, how about listening to a few others who think enough of FiftiesWeb, to link to, or reuse our content:

  • Mentioned on Wikipedia.org 218 times
  • Mentioned on ehow.com 484 times
  • Mentioned on 4teachers.org 222 times
  • Mentioned on ancestry.com 94 times
  • Mentioned on Washington Post 30 times
  • Mentioned on N.Y. Times 12 times
  • Mentioned on BBC.com 28 times
  • Mentioned on CNN.com 10 times
  • Mentioned on theverge.com 24 times
  • Mentioned on wikihow.com 36 times
  • Mentioned on britannica.com 5 times
  • Mentioned on fandom.com 25 times
  • Mentioned on nbcnews.com 2 times
  • Mentioned on vox 2 times
  • Mentioned on aol 91 times
  • Mentioned on buzzfeed 1 time
  • Mentioned on thetimes.co.uk 1 time
  • Mentioned on washington.edu 6 times
  • Mentioned on NPR.org 2 times
  • Mentioned on ABC.net 10 times
  • Mentioned on Examiner.com 27 times
  • Mentioned on teacherweb.com 44 times


In addition to hundreds of articles and websites mentioned throughout the site, when I started my quest, many books were used in the creation of this site.

Some are listed here. Quite a few are now out of print. But not to worry I have included links to Amazon.com where you can find most of them.

General Fifties & History

Great overview of the decade. This book was made into a 6 part documentary

Chock full of interesting details. A nice look at recent American history done in narrative style.

Really wonderful pictures!

As always, Time-Life does a bang-up job of recreating a decade. Using both text and pictures, this books gives the reader a good feel for those days.

A nice addition to the library.

Trends, Events, and Trivia from the Postwar Era to the End of the Century by Paul Dickson. A good sketch of many years, not just Fifties.

In classic New Yorker style, a tongue in cheek look at the 1950s.

1950s Housewife: Marriage and Homemaking in the 1950s by Sheila Hardy. A fact filled look into typical 50s family.

Another insightful look into a tumultuous decade

Culture & Style

A good general overview

A good general overview

A good general overview

One of a series. Many color pics.

An amazing chronology of fashion

A very complete list of the designers of this century.

Short, sweet and fun, full of cute illustrations.

Movies, tunes, fads, celebs…pretty much everything.

I like this book. The narrative style takes you through an American history of food. More than 100 recipes and pics from the Library of Congress.

Trivia nuts will have a feast. It’s a bit disjointed but jam packed with information.

Furniture, architecture, tableware…you name it. A great book.

Designs and styles that made the decade such a fashion standout

Lots and lots of interesting tid-bits about the relationship between fashion and advertising

It all started in those little boutiques in London, this tells the how’s and why’s.

Maybe it wasn’t seen on the runway but Sears fashion is what most women wore.


by Alex McNeil)My favorite reference. I rely on this everyday. All the shows, even the rare or short-lived.

Another excellent reference. 1363 pages.

Not many shows, but great pictures! A good addition to a library.

Forward by Steve Allen. A narrative history.

Fascinating. Ever wonder why your favorite characters disappeared! this tells the story.

A delightful book which will take you back.

His story.


My favorite reference. I rely on this everyday. Good information and song lists to 1994. Specialty lists as well.

Another excellent reference. I have an older version but you might as well get the current edition.

Great, huge book. 912 pages.

Another very handy little book.

Wonderful and rare pictures. Introduction by Peter Guralnick.

Year by year through the early 90s.

A wonderful day by day listing of Rock events.

A great in depth view from a real “insider”.

Some unique stories and photos.

All the biggest and best that filled the airwaves

Remember where you and your gal were when this love song played? Take a stroll down memory lane.


An interesting take on the Auto Industry

Great resource, facts and photos

The cars are somewhat cherry-picked but another good resource.

Your favorites with history and lots of good pics.

Take a peek inside the Auto Industry’s secrets to selling.

These series of books are the gold standard for researchers.

A Fabulous resource, lots of research and great pictures.

Another great resource, some of the same editors, really in depth.

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