Long before he declared that he was not a crook, Richard Nixon was an up-and-coming politician who was at the head of many bodies. This picture shows him throwing the football around with a couple of kids and their parents – but this isn’t just any family.
The boy on the far left is Andrus Suritis, the one-millionth refugee that was relocated due to an international welfare organization. In an attempt to celebrate this momentous achievement and get a good photo op at the same time, Nixon invited reporters into his office at some point during the 50s to capture this image.
There Was No Time Like It
There are tons of superficial differences to look at when it comes to this picture - the uniforms for the Navy (or whatever group these guys belong to) look super different, and they probably wouldn’t let their crewmen fish over the side too much, but let’s look a little deeper. This guy is hoisting a huge fish in one hand, a lung dart dangling from his lip and a pack of cigarettes rolled up into his right sleeve.
He seems like your regular tough guy from the 50s until you notice the book stuffed down his pants. What was he reading during the off-hours, do you think? A little bit of Hemingway, perhaps? “Old Man and the Sea?”
Working on Her Tan
Even today, if you want to make sure you get your daily dose of Vitamin D and some fresh air, there are few places better than the beach. The 50s were when the bikini really started to take off, which meant that everybody was able to get as much sun as they could have wanted after just a few hours.
This gal is giving her biggest grin to the camera while soaking up the rays, looking like a grown-up Coppertone girl the way she doesn’t seem to care about the sun. With a brilliantly white smile, cherry-red lips, and sun-bleached hair, we can bet that she was the kind of gal that was always making guy friends.
A Picture of Sound
On June 20th, 1950, FK Harvey did something that must have seemed like the realm of fiction to onlookers - he made sound become visible. Well, sort of. He demonstrated the focusing of an acoustic lens on sound waves being emitted from the horn on the left, which in some way made them visible to the naked eye. We think he also used some light. That sounds like it makes sense.
The 50s had a whole lot of amazing advances - satellites were launched, computers got closer to being useful for the world at large, and people could even see sound waves. Truly a brave new world. We don’t know what visible sound waves could help with, but there must have been something.
Slow and Steady
It doesn’t matter what decade it is - in some places, there’s just too much snow. If you happened to live in Idaho during the 50s, then you probably had to deal with something similar to this picture a couple of times - especially if you lived in the mountains.
Even if plows were actually able to reach you, they’d only be able to clear a certain amount before the snow got too big and heavy to move around, which means it was slow and single-file until you got to better conditions. How long was that going to take? Well, we hope you don’t have a train to catch, let’s put it that way. On the other hand, the people inside that first car don’t look like they’re too upset. Maybe this is exciting for them.