The word "teen-ager" was newly coined at this time.
With the increased teen presence came disapproval, as marginalization and indifference turned into active condemnation of teenagers by parents and local authorities.
You were not allowed to simply waltz into a store and buy as much sugar, butter or meat as you like.
You also couldn’t fill up your gas tank whenever you wanted. But after the war, everyone’s spirits focused once again on extravagance and pop culture.
about the 1950s—midcentury furniture design and the period’s full-skirted, ladylike fashions, for example. The comically cringe-worthy dating culture and the way women were instructed to behave in order to attract a partner.
Yes, in this case, “old-fashioned” is an epic understatement for just how ridiculous the advice in ladies journals of the time was.
And there's no way to grasp the subversive force of this now-innocent-sounding music unless you can feel a little of what it meant to be a kid hearing it as it was played for the first time.
It was music that was made for teenagers and scared the hell out of adults; it was taboo-shattering music about–gasp–sex and racial commingling. Teens were marginalized by the adults, who didn't want to be bothered with the very different values of teenagers.There were a few television shows aimed at young children, nothing for teenagers, and nothing on the radio speaking to teen life. Then the teens started to hear music about their world — songs about high school sweethearts, wild parties and fast cars, sung by other teens.● Most girls weren't allowed to wear pants, and boys weren't allowed to wear blue jeans.Even Stanford University prohibited the wearing of jeans in public during the 1950s.A significant proportion of the adult generation disapproved of the values and lifestyle of the teens, and were doing something about it, including setting new rules, restrictions and prohibitions.