Can You Name These 1950s Household Items?

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The Fabulous 50s brought us legendary cartoons, rock and roll, and suburbian glory. Approximately 4 million babies were born a year during the 50s. The birth of today's generation of baby boomers brought on a national nesting frenzy. White picket fences and home improvement projects were facilitated by new and improved household appliances: from laundry machines and vacuum cleaners to record players and motorized trains. Despite their popularity back then, only true baby boomers will correctly remember these novel household items today. Are you up to the challenge?

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1. Pictured, below, this household essential was named after the material it was originally made of:

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  1. Hair straightener
  2. Hammer
  3. Iron
  4. Water Heater
People have been trying to get wrinkles out of their clothes with hot metal since ancient China. Somewhere along the line, they discovered that irons could do much more than just bring your wardrobe up to par. Turns out, irons are also good for repairing dents in wood, and removing wax from your mahogoney tables!
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2. By the 1950s, these had already been making breakfast tastier for nearly 60 years:

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  1. Microwave
  2. Grill
  3. Egg Boiler
  4. Toaster
Invented in 1893, toasters quickly became one of the most common household appliances, behind the iron! Toasting has never gone out of style. Today, U.S. households spend roughly the equivalent of a workweek a year making toast.
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3. A 21-year-old invented this novelty, which dramatically changed the way Americans spent time at the home:

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  1. Modem
  2. T.V.
  3. Radio
  4. Electronic Picture Frame
Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the television when he was just 21 years old. He had to play a lot of catch up to do so. Farnsworth didn't even have _electricity_ for the first 14 years of his life!
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4. This kitchen appliance probably makes up about 12% of your energy bill today:

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  1. Air Conditioning Unit
  2. Refrigerator
  3. Freezer
  4. Stove
When the first refrigerator came out in 1911, it cost double the amount of a car! The price quickly went down, and by 1956, 80% of all U.S. households owned one.
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5. Buying a __________ in the 1950s might have run you the equivalent of $3,203.48 today!

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  1. Refrigerator
  2. Cabinet System
  3. Combination Stove
  4. Bread Maker
What might you have cooked in your shiny new stove? How about some Tuna Noodle Casserole? Pineapple Upside-Down Cake? Salisbury Steak? And if those don't wet your appetite, what about Honey-Baked Apples or Chicken Croquettes?
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6. Attempts to invent this beauty began as early as 1599:

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  1. Vacuum Cleaner
  2. Steamer
  3. Mechanical Sweeper
  4. Duster
While the Medieval English attempted to come up with a mechanical way to clean their rugs, vacuum cleaners weren't _truly_ invented until the turn of the 20th century. The honors for inventing the famous Hoover vacuum cleaner go to Ohio janitor, James Spangler, who was the first to attach a cloth filter bag to mechanical sweepers.
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7. A goat herder in Ethiopia is said to be responsible for inventing the drink that this machine makes:

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  1. A Lemonade Maker
  2. A Chai Tea Machine
  3. A Hot Water Boiler
  4. Electric Coffee Percolator
Electric coffee percolators might have been somewhat of a luxury item in the 1950s. That's because while coffee drinking was culturally important, it was not the addiction that it is now. These days, millions of people in the United States drink coffee daily!
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8. People started following "I Love Lucy" on this technology, before they watched her on television:

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  1. A Cassette Player
  2. Radio
  3. A DVD Player
  4. A Laptop Computer
Radio was an essential part of almost every American household in the 50s. Over 95% of all households owned one! Entire families used to huddle around these novelties to listen to such classics as _ABC Mystery Theater_, _Variety Playhouse_ and _The Billy Cotton Bandshow_!
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9. Before they were electrical, __________ looked like this:

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  1. Can Sealers
  2. Can Openers
  3. Bottle Openers
  4. Milk Frothers
What could you open with a can-opener in the 1950s? Try a nice can of spam, baked beans, corned beef hash, or beef stew!
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10. By the 1950s, nearly 2/3's of all American household possessed one of these, or something like it:

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  1. Rotary Phone
  2. Walkie Talkie
  3. Fire Alarm
  4. Record Player
Remember when you could just leave your phone off the hook when you wanted to disconnect for a little bit? Remember that number you used to dial from your rotary to get the correct time after a power outage had stopped all your clocks? Those were the good old days.
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11. This cardbox box held:

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  1. Concealer
  2. Hand Cream
  3. Toothpaste
  4. Soap
Colgate was the first toothpaste to be sold in the tubes that we buy our toothpaste in today. By the 1950s, somebody who bought a box of Colgate toothpaste, pictured above, would luckily _not_ have brushed their teeth with actual _soap_! By 1945, toothpaste companies had replaced soap with other ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate, making for a much smoother (and tastier) experience.
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12. Essential for cocktail hour, this was a(n):

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  1. Sugar Tray
  2. Ice Tray
  3. Honey Container
  4. Cake Mold
The ice tray was essential to the success of 1950s classic cocktails, including a Tom Collins, a Mint Julep, and the once popular Bullshot (a 1952 hit cocktail made of with beef stock.) YUM!
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13. For a delightful Sunday breakfast, this appliance was an absolute must-have:

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  1. Ice Cream Maker
  2. Sandwich Griller
  3. Apple Cutter
  4. Waffle Maker
You can thank Thomas Jefferson for bringing the precursor to this waffle maker from France to the United States! Today, many Americans prefer the frozen variation (Eggo, anybody?) to the more time-consuming home-cooked variation. Fun fact? When Eggo first began selling their frozen waffles in 1953, they called their product "Froffles": Frozen Waffles.
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14. A family holiday would have been incomplete without this:

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  1. Camera
  2. Binoculars
  3. Video Camera
  4. Telescope
By the 1950s, photography had become a middle-class American hobby. Cameras were almost obligatory accessories to road trips. America's favorite, heavily photographed vacation spots included: Dayton Beach, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Jones Beach, New York; and Las Vegas, Nevada.
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15. Singers were already a top brand of _these_ in the 1950s:

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  1. Milkshake Maker
  2. Electric Irons
  3. Sewing Machine
  4. Electric Mixer
Sewing needles have existed for about 25,000 years. Singer has been around for a little bit less. While Isaac Merritt Singer is credited for 'inventing' the modern sewing machine in 1851, had he lost a dispute to John Fisher, who came up with a similar machine in 1844, we might all be using "Fishers" today.
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16. Don't forget to set your _________, or you'll get up too late:

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  1. Radio
  2. Pocket Watch
  3. Digital Timer
  4. Alarm Clock
Fun Fact! The first alarm clocks were made for farmers, and would only ring at 4 a.m.! Anyone that wanted to get up a little bit later was out of luck.
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17. Even George Washington -- and his hankering for grilled meat -- would have wanted one of these in his house:

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  1. Barbecue Grill
  2. Outdoor Oven
  3. Storage Space
  4. Foot Rack
Founding Father, George Washington, was apparently a grill master, and often wrote about the pleasures of grilled meat in his diary! We know what he was doing on September 18, 1773! Hosting his own barbecue, of course!
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18. The image shown below is a:

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  1. Pasta Strainer
  2. Sand Toy
  3. Ginger Shredder
  4. Cheese Grater
If you're not a fan of shredded cheese, how about another American classic? Processed cheese (or 'American Cheese' ) was a World War II staple among U.S. troops, and had entered public school cafeterias nationwide by the 1950s.
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19. For a perfect date on a Sunday afternoon, one of these was necessary:

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  1. Tandem Bicycle
  2. Motorized Bike
  3. Motorcycle
  4. Unicycle
Of course, if tandem biking isn't your thing, and you're looking to do it 50's style, you could always try a trip to an ice cream parlor, a bowling alley, a record shop, or -- if you really want to get frisky -- a drive in movie!
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20. These changed the way that many upper-class households washed their clothes:

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  1. Oven
  2. Electric Closet
  3. Dishwasher
  4. Laundry Machine
During the 1950s, more affordable washing machines led to the establishment of laundromats for those who couldn't afford their own. While the history of the self-service laundromat began in Texas during the depression era in the 30s, 50's era laundromats came complete with equipment maintenance, janitorial services, and tailoring services.
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21. Perfect for putting newborns to sleep, these were called:

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  1. T-Carts
  2. Wheelbarrows
  3. Strollers
  4. Pod-Racers
In the 1940s, doctors recommended giving babies portions of liver soup, starting at the tender age of 3 months. By the 1950s, it was tripe (animal stomach lining), followed by long walks in the stroller, to ensure baby got their recommended daily dose of fresh air.
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22. Summers were much more survivable with one of these:

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  1. Freezer
  2. Air Conditioning Unit
  3. Speakers
  4. Electric Fan
While air conditioning units were beginning to appear in homes during the 1950s, they were not a luxury that blue-collar workers could afford. Back then, a unit could run up $350, which was the equivalent of about 203 hours of work at 1.72 dollars/hour.
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23. This + Oranges = Breakfast Heaven

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  1. Avocado Holder
  2. Poached Egg Maker
  3. Grill Top
  4. Traditional Juicer
The 1950s were orange juice's heyday! Thanks to Florida's orange industry, per capita consumption of the breakfast drink skyrocketed from below 8 pounds per person at the beginning of the decade, to over 20 by the end of it. It didn't hurt if family owned their own juicers, and could make the coveted drink all by themselves.
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24. The whole family could participate in meals with the help of this:

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  1. Bar Stool
  2. Wing Chair
  3. Cogswell Chair
  4. High Chair
While the high chair pictured here is wood, by the 1950s, high chairs were being mass produced for the first time. Most boasted hard metal frames and padded seats.
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25. Pictured below, backwards, this is probably a:

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  1. Screwdriver
  2. Microphone
  3. Handheld Mirror
  4. Electronic Tablet
You guessed it! A handheld mirror. Other vanity-desk essentials included: a Volupté compact (an ornamental case with powder and puff), winged eyeliner, red lipstick, and hair curlers.
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26. The first successful one of these went on the market in 1949:

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  1. Electric Harp
  2. Electric Cheese Grater
  3. Amplifier
  4. Electric Guitar
The electric guitarists of the 1950s inspired an entire era of Rock and Roll. Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa might not be household names today if it wasn't for the likes of Johnny Guitar Watson, T-Bone Walker, and Buddy Guy.
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27. What could you turn into powder with this kitchen appliance?

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  1. Stones
  2. Sugar Cubes
  3. Coffee Beans
  4. Bread
If you're not a coffee maker, and find yourself stuck with a coffee grinder, here are some other things you could use it for: to grind spices, to grind lavender, to grind grain, to grind oatmeal, and to grind vanilla.
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28. Before these, people listened to music using a gramophone.

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  1. CD - Player
  2. Record Player
  3. Tape Cassette Player
  4. MP3 Player
Just what were people listening to on their prized record players? Try: When I Fall In Love by Nat King Cole, Hound Dog by Elvis Presley, Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra, or True Love Ways by Buddy Holly!
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29. Where were you most likely to see these?

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  1. An Office Building
  2. A Schoolhouse
  3. A Supermarket
  4. A Train Station
That's right, these were suitcases. A train was a perfect opportunity to use them! The most popular of routes was probably the one running between New York City and Chicago. Of course, by the 1950s, railway companies were taking huge hits, as the construction of the interstate highway system began to make owning automobiles more lucrative.
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30. What should you put into this:

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  1. Sewing Essentials
  2. Toys
  3. Bread
  4. Ice Cream
Bread Boxes used to be important because people would buy their bread directly from a bakery, wrapped only in paper. While, by the 50s, industrial white bread was all the rage, bread boxes were still well-loved kitchen items.
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31. The traditional way to wear this (pictured below) was threaded through a button hole:

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  1. Pocket Watch
  2. Multi-Display Clock
  3. Grandfather Clock
  4. Alarm Clock
By the 1950s, pocket watches were going out of style. The last of famous Waltham pocket watches (America's first pocket watch manufacturer) were made during the early 50s. Sadly, by 1965, the era of American pocket watches had come to a close.
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32. These leather boxes once held:

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  1. Socks
  2. Hats
  3. Chocolates
  4. Stuffed Animals
Hat boxes were once almost as important as the hats that they carried. Of course, only women aged 20 and over wore hats during the 50s, but they were far from out of style! Women's hats -- which ranged from circle hats and juliette caps (these barely covered a woman's head) to bigger variations (straw and flower, tea, and bouffant hats) -- came in all materials: including straw, wool felt, velvet, lace, and satin.
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33. First released before World War I, by the 1950s every child wanted a(n):

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  1. Wooden Trains
  2. Electric Train Set
  3. Remote Control Vehicle
  4. Battery-operated trains
Want to know what was on Johnny's Christmas list other than an electric train set? Forget iPhones. Try: Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh, a Hula Hoop, and Matchbox cars.
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34. Without these, refrigeration would not be the same:

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  1. Trash Cans
  2. Tupperware
  3. Ice Molds
  4. Candy Boxes
Tupperware first went on the market in 1946, thanks to American chemist, Earl Tupper. It wasn't, however, and immediate hit. Instead of being sold through stores, the plasticware found its way into the hearts and minds of American people by way of home parties that doubled as sales opportunities.
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35. Oh Shucks! Uncle Tom gave little Mandy another:

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  1. Spinning Top
  2. Confetti Maker
  3. Thing-A-Ma-Jig
  4. Music Box
Ever wondered how a spinning top works? Us too. Whatever the case, they've been around since time eternal. (Think the ancient Chinese and Japanese). They also happen to be among the first toys ever patented by the United States Patent Office.
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36. This was essential for preparing your preferred vegetable side-dish:

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  1. Green Bean Slicer
  2. A Garlic Press
  3. A Potato Masher
  4. An Apple Pitter
What would you make with a green bean slicer? Why, an old-fashioned green bean casserole! All you need are some mushrooms, butter, cheddar cheese, pre-cooked rice, and some fried onions. True story, Campbells actually invented this classic dish in order to sell more of its canned mushroom soup.
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37. To clean the top of your Grandfather clock, you'd need a:

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  1. Vacuum Cleaner
  2. Feather Duster
  3. Magic Wand
  4. Bouquet of Feathers
The best feather dusters were once made out of brightly-colored turkey feathers. In 1872, William Hoag opened a 3-story factory in Monticello, Iowa to manufacture turkey feather dusters, and soon became so successful that, at its height, the factory was producing over half the feather dusters sold in the world.
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38. First debuted in a French Salon, by the 1950s these were vital to every woman's morning routine:

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  1. Make Up Remover
  2. Hair Straightener
  3. Spray Tan
  4. Hair Dryer
The metal, gun-shaped hair dryer you see in the photo first came out during the 1920s, to service a fashion industry obsessed with "clean, shiny, fluffy hair." Unfortunately, the dryer took ages to use. It's competitor, the bonnet hair dryer, which attached a hair bonnet to a motor via a hose, came out in 1951. This version boasted that it could dry a woman's hair in _just 22 minutes!_. Thankfully, we've since evolved.
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39. What is Lisa making in this picture?

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  1. Mayonnaise
  2. Whipped Cream
  3. Cookies
  4. Ice Cream
Lisa is, of course, using a cookie press! If she's staying true to 50's tastes, she might be making lemon curd, ginger snaps, cream wafers, lavender, or pistachio-cream cheese cookies.
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40. This is a close-up of a:

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  1. Writing Machine
  2. Tool Box
  3. Electric Keyboard
  4. Typewriter
If you're playing around with the typewriter that you have stashed in your attic, you might have noticed that the top-row of letters is good for typing out long words. The longest words you can type on _just_ the top row include: proprietor, perpetuity, typewriter, and rupturewort.
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41. Look inside this box to find:

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  1. Love Letters
  2. Davey's Report Cards
  3. Recipes
  4. The Secrets to the Universe
You may still have a recipe card box kicking around your house. While the internet provides millions of recipes at the touch of a button, nothing can quite beat the satisfaction of finding a hand-written, hand-me-down hidden away in your grandma's carefully preserved box.
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42. Phil was using this appliance to:

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  1. Apply Oil To His Car
  2. Water Plants
  3. Make Obnoxious Noises
  4. Change A Tire
Yes, you're looking at a version of the classic watering can. Houseplants were an essential part of any 'decent' household in the 1950s. During this time, potted plants made a 'come back' (World War II was hard on the poor things). Spider plants were a particular hit.
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43. What would you have used this for:

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  1. Medieval Torture
  2. A Home Improvement Project
  3. Tenderize Meat
  4. A Massage
Salisbury steak wouldn't be the same without a meat tenderizer! These vital kitchen appliances were used for making meat softer and thinner.
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44. This summer-friendly kitchen accessory made lemonade all the more refreshing:

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  1. Jukebox
  2. Sugar Dispenser
  3. Cup Cooler
  4. Ice Crusher
Ice first became commercially available in the late 1800s, when out-of-work New England loggermen used to harvest the stuff from frozen lakes. By the 1880s, the first ice crushers had popped up to satiate consumer demands for cocktails and, of course, snow cones.
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45. Drive-in diners might have used this device to make:

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  1. Milkshakes
  2. Hamburgers
  3. French fries
  4. Apple pie
French fry cutters may have, originally, been intended to cut most vegetables. But by the 1950s, the popularity of the American fast food induced marketers to change the kitchen appliance's name. Fun fact? Thomas Jefferson is credited with 'bringing' French Fries to the United States. We can thank him for our obsession. And we mean _obsession_. McDonalds needs about 3.4 billion pounds of potatoes a year to satiate it.
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46. Make sure Baby Doris doesn't get into the:

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  1. TV
  2. Radiogram
  3. Cupboard
  4. Drawers
A radiogram, a combined radio, record player, and speaker, built into a desk, was no doubt a highly sought-after -- although luxurious --piece of furniture. Buying a decent one would have run you today's equivalent of 2,000 dollars.
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47. What would you use this for:

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  1. To Make Soup
  2. To Store Medicine
  3. To Make A Martini
  4. To Make Jello
Cocktail shakers were once essential tools of any 'good housewife.' Home Economic Classes suggested that a woman always have a cocktail waiting for her husband when he walked in the door from a hard day's work.
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48. Every young woman wanted one of these, for evenings out:

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  1. Business Card Holder
  2. Beauty Compact Carrying Case
  3. Credit Card Purse
  4. Phone Cover
The beauty compact carrying case shown above would have fit nicely in the clear lucite purses that were all the rage in the 1950s. Or perhaps a 1950s woman would have tucked it into her new, quilted, 2.55 Coco Chanel bag, which debuted in February of 1955.
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49. Which famous collectable, pictured above, was released at the end of the 1950s:

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  1. American Girl Dolls
  2. Super Monsters
  3. Troll Dolls
  4. Furbies
Introduced to the market in 1959, Troll Dolls didn't make it big in the United States until 1963. While they made a comeback in plastic form during the 1990s, the originals were made of wood, glass, and wool.
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50. For your favorite morning pick-me-up, you might have used a:

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  1. Steamer
  2. Drip Coffee Pot
  3. Caffeine Cooler
  4. Flower Vase
Making good coffee used to be the sign of a decent housewife. If you want any proof of this, look no further than, 1950s coffee advertisements. American coffee companies thrived off of (somewhat sexist) commercials depicting men asking their wives to up their coffee game for an anniversary present, saying things like "how can such a pretty wife make such bad coffee?" Ouch!
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51. This metal device was useful for:

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  1. Match Sticks
  2. Making Noises
  3. Whisky
  4. Lighting Your Pipe
During the mid 20th century, pipe-smoking was still a mark of sophistication. Before the 1950s, English Pipes dominated the market. But in the 50s, the Danish entered the arena, introducing the egg and the horn-shaped pipes that became an instant hit.
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52. This tool was great for stoking the:

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  1. Argument
  2. Fire
  3. Windowpane
  4. Bedspread
Yes, you're looking at a fireplace poker! While gas stoves had almost entirely replaced wood stoves in the kitchen, wood stoves were still essential for heating many households during long, snow-filled winters. In 1950, December temperatures averaged 33 degrees Fahrenheit nationwide, but reached lows of 6.7 in frigid Minnesota!
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53. Mostly used outdoors during the spring and autumn months, this is a:

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  1. Water Carrier
  2. A Seed Spreader
  3. A Storage Unit For Firewood
  4. A Cat Walker
Seed spreaders were essential for the home improvement projects popular during the 1950s. Putting in a wildflower garden? You needed a seed spreader.
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54. If you had no electric heating, you still depend on one of these:

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  1. An Electric Stove
  2. A Wood Stove
  3. A Water Boiler
  4. An Air Conditioning Unit
Word to the wise? If you're looking to go back to wood heating, try a wood stove out of the 1950s. Even if it's not in great repair, it will be easy to restore, it's guaranteed to be powerful, it's solidly built, and it doesn't need constant tech updates to function properly. Some things are just better older.
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55. While Play-Doh and Pogo Sticks were all the rage, these classics never went out of style:

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  1. Rocking Horses
  2. Wooden Statues
  3. Lego Animals
  4. Motorized Horses
Sadly, the 1950s marked the end of hand-made rocking horses. By the 60's, with the advent of plastic toys, the wooden classics had become antiques.
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56. Today, the __________ , pictured below, has been replaced by a much more efficient electrical version.

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  1. Bubble Bath Machine
  2. Wrist Exerciser
  3. Manual Egg Whisk
  4. Dough Maker
To be exact, the kitchen utensil pictured above is a 'rotary egg beater.' That's a mouthful! It may be hard to believe, but these, now outdated, appliances once saved pastry makers a lot of sweat.
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57. When the power went out, you might have used this:

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  1. A Gas Lantern
  2. The Application On Your Phone
  3. A Flashlight
  4. A Candle
By the mid 20th century, flashlights like the one pictured above, had only been around for a generation. Early flashlights, of course, were not quite as efficient as today's. They earned the prefix 'flash,' because they had to be constantly turned on and off to allow the zinc-carbon batteries that they depended on time to rest.
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58. What would these have been used for?

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  1. To Dye Your Hair
  2. For Pete's Art Project
  3. Face Paint
  4. To Polish Shoes
If you didn't have a shoe polishing kit at home, no problem! Shoe polishing stands were much more common in the 1950s than they are today. In 1952, _Life Magazine_ even covered a highly-attended national shoe-shining competition held in Wilson, North Carolina.
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59. Who used this tool to keep their beard in check?

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  1. Betty
  2. Father
  3. Granny
  4. Baby Bobby
The appliance pictured above is a manual hair clipper, once key to most male beauty routines. Of course, the first electric shavers came out in the late 1950s, making manual hair clippers all but obsolete.
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60. Number 3 is the:

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  1. Soup Spoon
  2. Dessert Spoon
  3. Teaspoon
  4. Cereal Spoon
Remember those multi-course dinner parties? The soup spoon was an essential part of the table setting. You couldn't serve your fish chowder, cream of asparagus soup, or oyster stew without it!
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61. Spruce up the parlor with this paper pattern for your:

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  1. Your Walls
  2. Your Books
  3. Your Ceiling
  4. Your Floors
To the bane of our existence today, wallpaper was the mark of good decorating in the 50s. Of course, by the 50s, florals had gone out of style, in favor of flat, linear patterns and abstract geometric motifs.
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62. No Air Conditioning? No problem, just use one of these:

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  1. A Hand-Cranked Fan
  2. A Ceiling Fan
  3. A Table Fan
  4. A Heat Pump
Where stoves were essential for the winter, table fans were even more necessary for summer heat, especially in the American South. Average temperature during summer months 1950's Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi all topped 80 degrees Fahrenheit!
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63. This container kept your foodstuffs safe and stylish in the:

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  1. Car
  2. Pantry
  3. Mud Room
  4. Living Room
Most likely found in the pantry, often ornately decorated storage tins were once used to keep an array of flours, grains, beans, and pastas.
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64. Before GPS, you might have used this:

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  1. A Map
  2. Your Iphone
  3. A Compass
  4. The Direction Moss Was Growing On A Tree
Once a necessary tool in anybody's toolkit, perhaps the only people who learn to use the compass today are the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts have been teaching compass-navigation skills in the United States since 1910. By 1950, 47,163 scouts attended the organization's second-ever National Jamboree, while over 2 million are registered members nationwide!
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65. To make this bread rise, what would the baker have used?

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  1. A Wooden Dough Bowl
  2. The Freezer
  3. A Bread Machine
  4. It Would Have Been Impossible In The 1950s.
Breadmakers used to rely on wooden dough bowls to facilitate the rising process, that is, up until 1986 when the Japanese invented bread machines!
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