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The people who are STILL living like it's 1951: Captivating portraits take a look inside America's..
UK Daily Mail ^ | January 22, 2014 | Olivia Fleming

Posted on 01/22/2014 12:01:34 PM PST by C19fan

t may be 2014 to the rest of us, but for the subjects in Jennifer Greenburg’s photographs, it is still 1951. The assistant professor of photography at Indiana University Northwest has been photographing America's Rockabilly community for more than ten years; people that not only dress like it’s the Fifties, but also drive perfectly preserved Cadillacs and decorate their homes with furniture to rival the retro sets of Mad Men. 'At first I thought the culture was about fashion,' the 36-year-old photographer told MailOnline. 'Then I realized it was much, much, more than that. I realized that this was a culture of people who functioned as a community.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 50s; fifties; music; photojournalism; rockabilly; vintage
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1 posted on 01/22/2014 12:01:34 PM PST by C19fan
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2 posted on 01/22/2014 12:04:11 PM PST by TomServo
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To: TomServo

Brian Setzer. Excellent musician.


3 posted on 01/22/2014 12:06:46 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: C19fan
Many years ago when I went to Japan for my first serious, well paying job, I took a cash under the table job as an English teacher to raise some much needed living expenses during the few weeks need for my visa to clear.

I asked one older (40ish) salaryman in one class why it was that so much of Japanese pop culture mimicked American culture before about 1965 or so -- same hair styles, clothing and music genre, bug ignored what was more modern and current.

His answer was profound: "We only copy what's worth copying."

4 posted on 01/22/2014 12:09:51 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: TomServo

Get a haircut and wear long sleeves. And stay off my grass!


5 posted on 01/22/2014 12:11:55 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Yeah - I’ve seen his Christmas show twice at the Ryman.

Fantasic.

A really good “Behind The Music” from VH-1 also..


6 posted on 01/22/2014 12:15:12 PM PST by TomServo
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To: C19fan

I can relate to the little boy with the cowboy bling.

Now you can’t even get the incandescent light bulbs in the fixtures.

The year of my (and many other Freeper’s) birth.


7 posted on 01/22/2014 12:17:05 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: Vigilanteman

I was in my prime in the 50s-——I loved them.

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8 posted on 01/22/2014 12:17:51 PM PST by Mears
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To: C19fan

Didn’t really go back far enough. Communism was getting its groove on already by this point, in preparation for the decade that destroyed America, the 60s.


9 posted on 01/22/2014 12:17:55 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: C19fan

If I was going to go for a period, I think I’d go 1890s.


10 posted on 01/22/2014 12:19:24 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: C19fan
I had this same wallpaper in my bedroom when I was a Kid.


11 posted on 01/22/2014 12:20:18 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: pgkdan
I had this same wallpaper in my bedroom when I was a Kid.

Me too!

12 posted on 01/22/2014 12:23:41 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: cicero2k

You sure can still get them!

http://www.newcandescent.com/


13 posted on 01/22/2014 12:26:47 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: cicero2k
The year of my (and many other Freeper’s) birth.

4/9/51...nothingnew.

FMCDH(BITS)

14 posted on 01/22/2014 12:28:37 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: C19fan
'We did not have a disposable “Made in China” culture like we do now. When you bought a toaster, it worked for decades, and it looked good just as long. If it broke, you had it repaired. You did not simply toss it into a landfill and head out to a big box store to buy another. . . Yes, even the toaster was joyous in its design.'

How true! When my mother died in 2004 she still had the same toaster that I remember her having all my life. And it still worked, had a high gloss mirror like finish and toasted about a loaf of bread a day in it's hey day. My folks didn't throw away anything.

I inherited that gene. I still haven't bought a flat screen TV because the one I bought 15 years ago is still perfectly good and I can't bring myself to just toss out a perfectly good TV. Anf I's have to toss it out...Goodwill won't even take them anymore. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2543580/The-people-STILL-living-like-1951-Captivating-portraits-look-inside-Americas-Rockabilly-community.html#ixzz2rA28pYWh Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

15 posted on 01/22/2014 12:29:17 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: TomServo

“No, I think it’s Seltzer.”


16 posted on 01/22/2014 12:30:23 PM PST by thesharkboy (posting without reading the article since 1998)
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To: C19fan
I wonder if they vacation at the Shady Dell in Bisbee, Az.?

(great place, btw)


17 posted on 01/22/2014 12:30:24 PM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: C19fan

JD McPherson - Firebug -

18 posted on 01/22/2014 12:32:52 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: C19fan

Odd. I don’t remember seeing any Black people in those photos...


19 posted on 01/22/2014 12:40:20 PM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Mears

I’m not a big fan of the home decor, but I like the clothing and cars and especially the values.

I wouldn’t mind going back to that era, less the uncomfortable and metal furniture.


20 posted on 01/22/2014 12:42:17 PM PST by No Socialist
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To: Liberty Valance

I still have a mixer from the 60’s that I use at least once a week. My guitar was bought with Green Stamps.


21 posted on 01/22/2014 12:42:40 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: C19fan
The photos, to me, look a little to Stepford Wives-ish.

I never cared for the furniture/furnishings of the 50's/early 60's - too cold and un-inspiring to me, but my parents liked it, so much they carried it at least into the late 70's!

I prefer 30's and 40's style furniture, etc. That's the time frame I like, unless we start talking Renaissance era.....

22 posted on 01/22/2014 12:47:56 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: C19fan

I’ve been thinking of starting a bad of old goats like myself. Maybe I should consider Rock-a-billy.


23 posted on 01/22/2014 12:48:33 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: C19fan

Well-endowed women never go out of style.


24 posted on 01/22/2014 12:51:56 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: BigCinBigD
Odd. I don’t remember seeing any Black people in those photos...


25 posted on 01/22/2014 12:54:04 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Check out the Carl Perkins DVD with Eric Clapton, Ringo, George Harrison, and Lee Rocker. (Excerpts are on YouTube.) As Johnny Carson would have said, “Great shtuff.”


26 posted on 01/22/2014 12:54:15 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: C19fan

Bump


27 posted on 01/22/2014 12:57:07 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: Steve_Seattle

Will definitely check it out. I didn’t know that Carl Perkins was still around. He did Blue Suede Shoes way better than Elvis.


28 posted on 01/22/2014 12:57:51 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

My mother bought me my first guitar from Sears (and Roebucks) in 1966. In 1967 my brother came home on leave from the AF and took my guitar back with him. He promised he’d bring it back to me when he got out in about 3 months. He hocked it for $5. He felt guilty so he bought be a POS electric. I sure wish I still had that Silvertone arch top.

http://www.vintagearchtopguitar.com/for-sale/1960s-silvertone-archtop-acoustic-guitar-vintage/491/


29 posted on 01/22/2014 12:59:15 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: pgkdan

I had that wall paper also...must have been a big thing back then.


30 posted on 01/22/2014 1:00:44 PM PST by Wasichu
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Carl Perkins wrote BLUE SUEDE SHOWS. He said he was playing at a dance hall and there was a couple on the dance floor, the wearing suede shoes. She stepped on his foot and guy said “Un uh, baby, don’t step on my suedes.”


31 posted on 01/22/2014 1:02:02 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: C19fan

Some of the folks in those photos are really cool. Some are a tad weird, IMHO. Whatever floats your boat!


32 posted on 01/22/2014 1:05:38 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I was going to counter your cartoon with the example of “Khan”, but then I realized it proved your point.


33 posted on 01/22/2014 1:13:17 PM PST by toast
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To: C19fan

Oddly, they don’t really have the opinions of people from the 50’s, nor act in the same way, even if they’ve picked out some of the images of the 50’s.


34 posted on 01/22/2014 1:16:22 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: pgkdan

Yet the current generations pride themselves on being environmentally responsible by recycling their daily Evian water bottle and the one-time-use Ziploc bag they put their lunch sandwich in. They have no idea how frugal and responsible people once were.


35 posted on 01/22/2014 1:20:32 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Perkins died back in the 90’s, I believe. This video was recorded about 1985. It’s very good.


36 posted on 01/22/2014 1:21:42 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: C19fan
When I was a kid growing up in the '70s as a US Air Force brat, every kid I knew lived in a house furnished by their parents in either all German stuff or all Japanese/Asian stuff.

You'd go over to some kid's house and instantly be able to tell where their dad was stationed: Weisbaden or Ramstein AFB in Germany if they had steins and shields/swords for decoration and big walnut cabinets, or Japan/Korea/Philippines if they had monkeywood chests, ceramic elephants, giant brass candleholders made from salvaged artillery shells, and the ubiquitous Shoji screens like our house had. Everything else in the house was hand-me-down 1950s furniture like what these Rockabilly people are showing in the pics from this link, because your dad's duty station could change faster than your family could acquire/ship new furniture. As a result, all this old 1950s furniture traded hands maybe four or five times between incoming and outgoing military families.

Later on, I'd go to civilians' kids houses and not see any of this stuff and wonder what that was all about.

If the rockabilly people are having a hard time finding 1950s vintage furniture, they oughtta paw around antique stores near the locations of old USAF bases, especially ones that were part of Strategic Air Command.

37 posted on 01/22/2014 1:23:34 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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Duane Eddy - Rebel-rouser

Like this lamp...

 photo coollamp_zpsed590643.jpg

38 posted on 01/22/2014 1:34:45 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: cicero2k

Young twerp!


39 posted on 01/22/2014 1:38:38 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: pgkdan
I inherited that gene. I still haven't bought a flat screen TV because the one I bought 15 years ago is still perfectly good and I can't bring myself to just toss out a perfectly good TV. Anf I's have to toss it out...Goodwill won't even take them anymore. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2543580/The-people-STILL-living-like-1951-Captivating-portraits-look-inside-Americas-Rockabilly-community.html#ixzz2rA28pYWh Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

I still watch the same TV since April of 1983 when I was a sophomore in high school. It is a 1982 Zenith System 3 with remote control and Mom and I bought it on clearance. Mom passed away November 18th from inflammatory breast cancer but before she passed away, we did find the original bill of sale to the Zenith. While Mom was sick, her sister bought her a 32 inch flat screen. It is a good set but I still use the Zenith a lot more since I never bothered to move it from her bedroom back to the living room. I'll have to let the house go but when I get my own apartment or place, I'll semi-retire the Zenith and use the flat screen perhaps. IT interesting, I'll be watching the 2014 Winter Olympics on the same set I saw the 1984 Sarajevo games as well as the 1984 LA games with Mary Lou Retton.
40 posted on 01/22/2014 1:47:30 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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Some of that 50's furniture and decorative items (now called "mid-century modern" are bringing serious money in the collector market, especially if designed by certain popular designers.

Here's one that I personally own-the Panasonic "Flying Saucer" TV:


41 posted on 01/22/2014 1:47:33 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

http://www.rockabilly.net/tours/

Find a show near where you live, grease up your best pompadour, and go make some friends :)


42 posted on 01/22/2014 2:05:51 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: FatherofFive; pgkdan
I remember that wallpaper! Never had it (my parents had six kids), but I was always envious of a cousin (the only boy) who did.
43 posted on 01/22/2014 2:06:03 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: C19fan

How do they live without a Lava Lamp???


44 posted on 01/22/2014 2:15:04 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: pgkdan; C19fan
True story. When we bought the home place from my folks back in 1986, they gave us their 1949 stove and fridge (Fridgidare models) which they bought shortly after they were married the previous year.

Both worked perfectly, the only flaw being a sprung door on the stove when my older brother had repeatedly used it as a stepping stool to filch cookies from the jar on the top shelf some 30 odd years earlier. So we had to push a chair against it when we were using it.

We sold the place to another couple in 1996 along with that stove and fridge, still in same working order. I think it was Goehring who once mocked American industry as being capable of producing only great razor blades and refrigerators.

45 posted on 01/22/2014 2:17:57 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Irenic

A friend of mine was born in the summer heat of 1954. He still uses the fan that was purchased to keep him cool.


46 posted on 01/22/2014 2:24:54 PM PST by taterjay
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To: Fresh Wind

OOoooh! I like!


47 posted on 01/22/2014 2:39:58 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: taterjay

A fan made today wouldn’t last like that. They don’t build better products nowadays, they just build better consumers.


48 posted on 01/22/2014 2:43:42 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Vigilanteman

I have a 70s vintage Gibson fridge in my kitchen that came with the house. Still works great, but it’s an ugly mother, in avocado green.


49 posted on 01/22/2014 2:46:39 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Irenic

Oh yeah, right out of the Jetsons!


50 posted on 01/22/2014 2:47:56 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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