Despite the threat of nuclear annihilation, the cold war, and racial segregation, the 1950s are often considered the golden era in the history of the United States. It was a time of happiness and prosperity.
Even though a lot of photos at the time were black and white, it was able to take color photos. However, it was quite expensive for regular people.
Denis Fraevic, a New Yorker of Russian descent used to collect these photos.
“The pictures were found at auctions, flea markets, and yards, digitized and posted on the Internet,” he told.
“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.”
Denis’ hobby is searching and finding these photos. He is fascinated by all American things and history. “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 also has a Russian-speaking tour guide in NYC and a fascinating blog.
Scroll down to have a look at some of the photos from his collections.
#1 Colored Entrance, Alabama, 1956
#2 Ladylike In NYC, 1958
#3 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
#4 A Drink, A Cigar And Not Giving A Good Goddamn, 1950s
#5 My Grandma Had Such A Gorgeous Smile. 1950’s
#6 An Officer With Hot Foot Teddy, The Real-Life Inspiration For Smokey The Bear, 1950
#7 Daytona Beach,1957
#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
#9 Store Front, Mobile, Alabama, 1956
#10 Girl And Her Grandmother Window-Shopping In Mobile, Alabama, 1956
#11 Anne St. Marie, New York City, 1959
#12 Alabama, 1956
#13 The Streets Of San Francisco. 1957
#14 Girl Portrait. Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956
#15 At The Party, 1956
#16 Showgirls Playing Chess Backstage At The Latin Quarter Nightclub – New York, NY (1958)
#17 Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956
#18 A Slightly Surrealistic Photo Of My Grandma And Some Dude Somewhere In Florida, 1957
#19 South Side Snack. 1953, Chicago
#20 Child In A Car Seat
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