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

I am a magistrate. Almost 50, born and raised in NE Ohio.

TV dinners were the first thing to pop into my head when I saw the thread title: http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/.a/6a00e553a80e108834014e8c3a18a2970d-500wi

The 1957 T-bird.

Also coon-skin caps, transistor radios, Jello molds, stereo LPs and traditional roller skates.

68, N.E. Ohio.

Hula hoops. Then yo-yos.

I actually thought of cars with distinctive body designs like tail fins, but that’s not really a product as much as a changing style of an existing product.

Hula hoops were invented in 1958 so they barely got into the fifties. Yo yos were around in ancient Greece.

I would say “television”. The '50s is when they started appearing in ordinary homes, and the country began to see itself reflected in the light of the tube.

Bakelite.

I know it dates back earlier than the 50’s, but that’s the first thing I thought of.

Toni home permanents.

They even came out with a line of Toni dolls that had synthetic hair you could “perm” with a sugar water solution.

edited to add: US, in my middle 60’s

Brylcreem
Georgia (now Tennessee) Age:53

TV dinners

A 1950’s Style Death Ray.

Someday I’m going to go into detail on my theory that when people talk about a decade, it isn’t an exact ten year period. “The Sixties” usually includes hippies, Vietnam protests and civil rights milestones from '70-'72, but doesn’t include the more uptight early sixties: music like the Everly Brothers and “Teen Angel”, or Eisenhower-era politics, with Nixon as VP and JFK a mere senator.

Oh, yeah … hula hoops.

The three Ps of cool:
Pat Boone
Penny loafers
Poodle skirts

And lipstick on someone’s collar being proof of infidelity. Collar?

Western movies.
Jello
Home perms

missred, 51, Tennessee ( formerly Indiana)

Oh yeah - Buddy Holly playing a Strat.

Born 1963.

I agree

Hula Hoop, Davy Crockett hat, pogo sticks. I had all three. 66.

TV sets. Specifically, B&W sets.

I had a History prof who insisted the 1950s ended with the Kennedy assassination in 1963 and the 1960s with Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

Hula-hoop.

TV Dinners

69 here.

Ovaltine(Captain Midnight).

Great big honkin monstrosities of cars, made of steel and good old American sweat.

I wasn’t born until the 70’s so my reference point is mainly stuff like Happy Days and Back to the Future.