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The World of 50 Years Ago.

Dec 27th, 2011 | Categories: History | by Michael Williams

The Atlantic has a photo feature that takes a look back 50 years to the events that shaped the world in 1961. It’s one of the types of photo stories that you see a lot at the end of the year, but done in a much more interesting way than normal. Amazing to see the turmoil and change that shaped the lives of millions of people in the coming decades — from Cuba to the quest for equality in America. Also of particular interest to me is the space race and all that surrounded this early time of exploration of the final frontier. See all of the images here.

Photos via The Atlantic / AP.
Comments: 7

7 Comments to “The World of 50 Years Ago.”

  1. carmen
    on Dec 27th, 2011
    @ 7:22 PM

    Love these photos from the year of my birth. Thanks for sharing the article.

  2. Matt Halmy
    on Dec 27th, 2011
    @ 11:00 PM

    Civil unrest, technological breakthroughs, hecticness in China/Japan/North Korea, college kids attempting meaningless world records….looks like not much has changed in 50 years!

  3. oxford cloth button down
    on Dec 28th, 2011
    @ 7:57 AM

    Great photos. Thanks for the link!

  4. David
    on Dec 28th, 2011
    @ 2:52 PM

    Gooooood look! I am inspired.

  5. Ray Hull
    on Dec 28th, 2011
    @ 4:27 PM

    Wow, I was in boarding school during the time most of these were taken, and had an English Master that was actually a Freedom Rider during the summer. But the thing I remember most frighteningly was perpetual fear that one of those AM radio interrupting News Bulletins might be that we are under attack by the Russians and the end of the nuclear world as we knew it was at hand.

    I’m not being dramatic; it is how 13-year old perceived the state of the world, and how near we were to trigger-time and fallout shelters.

    And considering that, I got the biggest “relief” kick out of the publicity agent-inspired photo of Satchmo playing for the sphinx; it even beat out the pile of kids on a dorm bed. (So much for “4 (feet) on the floor” in those days of pareital hours.)

  6. Ray Hull
    on Dec 28th, 2011
    @ 4:29 PM

    Check that: parietal.

  7. jordan w
    on Jan 2nd, 2012
    @ 1:45 AM

    amazing photos, that mugshot of Joan Trumpauer is fantastic…a face of innocence, beauty and fearlessness…really great. -zamboni