What ONE PRODUCT comes to mind when you think 1950s?

Tagging on to Zeldar’s thread idea
When you think of the decade of the 1950s, what product comes first to your mind? Go ahead and list others, too, but highlight the first.

Please tell us your general age and in what country or state live, too.

I am a photographer. Born in early 1960s in USA, grew up in TX and CA

My product:

Leica M3

53, born, grew up in the SF Bay Area.

TV Dinner

Hula hoops.

Age: 64

The hula hoop. It was the earliest fad toy I remember.

Davy Crockett was an earlier fad I believe, and I was big on Davy so I’m told, but I remember being told that rather than the specifics of the incidents myself.

burma shave

Brylcreem. I’m only 45, but this seemed as ubiquitous then as Aquanet was for teenage girls in the 80s.

Yo-yo. Second choice: hula hoop.

Age 72. Tennessee (earlier Alabama).

Hundreds more products, but I had a thread on yo-yo recently, so that. :wink:

Cool spinoff thread idea!

45 rpm records, pluto platters,

USA, 44 years old. Another for Brylcreem. It was invented in the 1920s and is still sold, but I associate it with the 1950s.

My second thought was Rock ‘n’ Roll, but it’s not quite a ‘product’ as I normally use that word. Third was Burma-Shave.

Specifically, the '57 Chevy Bel Air, and generally, all the massive tank-like cars of the era, including the Buicks with four holes in each fender and tail fins (the holes were called “Cruiserline Ventiports”).

I thought Edsel.

Chef Boy-ar-dee Spaghetti in the can. Yummy!

“See the USA in your Chevrolet”
Aqua Velva and Old Spice aftershave
Pond’s face cream
Ajax, the foaming cleanser


That just seems to scream 1950’s to me.


Probably made pre-1950’s, but growing up my grandparents loved the stuff.

Age 30, Colorado

Burma Shave!

Did not know anyone who used it, but boy what an ad campaign.

Clorets, with Retsyn.

I’ve read Black and White TV really took off in the 1950s (while the 1960s was the age of the Color TV).

hula hoop

I wasn’t alive then. But Chevy.