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Visions of Oklahoma during the 1950s

Updated on July 3, 2012

The 1950s was a time of great change across the U.S. We had won the war, and this great victory spread a great wealth of optimism and pride across the country. It was an age of progress, an age where it seemed possible to reach out and grab the moon. Artists like Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Paul Anka, and Bobby Rydell were all the rage; and others, like Elvis Presley, would come to the stage to change music forever. The cars were hot, and the women hotter.

...still, underlying all of the optimism, there was a dark storm brewing just below the surface. Communism was a thing brought forth by Beelzebub himself. Everyone was looked on with suspicion, and no one was safe from prying eyes. It was the dawn of the Cold War, and it was the battleground for Civil Rights.

I thought, just for a moment or two, it would be interesting to travel back in time and to what Oklahoma looked during this age...

Skyline view looking southwest from junction of northeast 4th & Harrison Ave., Oklahoma City: Taken March 23, 1955
Skyline view looking southwest from junction of northeast 4th & Harrison Ave., Oklahoma City: Taken March 23, 1955
View looking east form 420 W. Grand Ave., Oklahoma City; Taken March 28, 1955 ...I'm just wondering, where are the street lines?
View looking east form 420 W. Grand Ave., Oklahoma City; Taken March 28, 1955 ...I'm just wondering, where are the street lines?
View looking past 2503 S. Walker, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma., May 2, 1955
View looking past 2503 S. Walker, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma., May 2, 1955
Lerner Shops located at 321 W. Main in Oklahoma City: Dated February 1954.
Lerner Shops located at 321 W. Main in Oklahoma City: Dated February 1954.
Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1950s: Notice the parking meters; did you know those were invented in Oklahoma?
Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1950s: Notice the parking meters; did you know those were invented in Oklahoma?
Whitt's Motel on Highway 66 (5318 East 11th Street) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dated May 21, 1955.
Whitt's Motel on Highway 66 (5318 East 11th Street) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dated May 21, 1955.
Downtown Motel, 1950s: 2719 E 11th Street, closest in on U.S. Route 66. The 170 foot mural erected on this motel shows the progress of Tulsa from a small country town to the "Oil Capitol of the World". An interesting aside: The phone number given for
Downtown Motel, 1950s: 2719 E 11th Street, closest in on U.S. Route 66. The 170 foot mural erected on this motel shows the progress of Tulsa from a small country town to the "Oil Capitol of the World". An interesting aside: The phone number given for
Ponca City, Poncan Theatre, November 1954
Ponca City, Poncan Theatre, November 1954

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