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Take The Quiz at The End!. Works Cited:. Automobiles of the 1950’s. Korean War Gazette. Shane Singer. Automobiles of the 1950’s. Pd. 3 American Cultures. Design and Safety of Automobiles in the 1950’s. Impact of Cars on Americans in the 1950’s.

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Korean war gazette

Take The Quiz at The End!

Works Cited:

Automobiles of the 1950’s

Korean War Gazette

Shane Singer

Automobiles of the 1950’s

Pd. 3 American Cultures

Design and Safety of Automobiles in the 1950’s

Impact of Cars on Americans in the 1950’s

Groundbreaking Auto-Body Developments in the 50’s

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Affordability of 1950’s Automobiles

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Groundbreaking body developments

Groundbreaking Body Developments

  • Dramatic evolution from round and boring designs of the 40’s.

  • CHROME!

  • Disgustingly large fins.

  • Powerful engines.

  • Crappy gas mileage.

  • Futuristic designs (modeled after space shuttles).

  • Fiberglass body, light frame.

  • Huge tail lights.

  • The flashier, the better.

  • Oh yeah, and automatics were a thing of the future.

  • For more info, check out http://www.1950sautomobiles.com/


Design and safety

Design and Safety

  • 1950, first seatbelt.

  • 1959, seatbelt improved nearly to perfection.

  • Mass produced in most major cars.

  • What the !@#$ is an airbag?

  • Some safety features were in the research phase, including:

    • Collapsible steering columns (collapsed like a telescope in the event of a collision).

    • Wrap around windshields (Eliminated center dividers that created blind spots).


Impact on americans

Impact on Americans

  • You are what you drive.

  • 4 out of 5 houses were mobile.

  • Pandemic of auto fever.

  • This was the beginning of the drive-thru.

  • On average, Americans traded in every two years for a new car.


Affordability

Affordability

  • $$$, People could now easily afford to own a car.

  • High credit and rising incomes.

  • Manufactures competed to make affordable cars.

  • Average new car = $2,000.00

  • Gallon of gas = 22 cents (HOLY $#!+).

  • Other stuff from the 50’s is found at http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1950s.htm


Just some pictures

Just Some Pictures…

1959 Chevrolet Impala (below)

1958 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (above)

Video with a whole bunch of 50’s cars at :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SLiJu1sFx4&feature=related


Pop quiz

Pop Quiz!

  • What were 2 of the body developments mentioned in the first slide?

  • What were the futuristic designs modeled after?

  • In what year was the first seatbelt invented?

  • In what year was the seat belt mass produced and installed in major car companies.

  • Who was the inventor who designed the new and improved seat belt?

  • What was one of the safety features being researched at the time?

  • What percentage of families owned a car by the end of the 50’s?

  • How often did the average family trade in for a new car?

  • What industry was born as a result of the automobile?

  • What made cars so affordable?

  • How much did the average car cost?

  • How much did a gallon of gas cost?


Works cited

Works Cited

  • "1950s Automobiles." 1950s Automobiles. Web. 25 Feb. 2010. <http://www.1950sautomobiles.com/>.

  • "America on the Move." National History Museum. Web. 25 Feb. 2010. <http://americanhistory.si.edu/ONTHEMOVE/collection/object_615.html>.

  • http://ultimateperformancecar.com/BlogImages/57Chevy2.jpg

  • http://uk2.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/mooooney.jpg

  • http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3256/3104732349_c75e234468.jpg

  • http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_gbZ6Oe6SVvQ/SuSMBEd2oXI/AAAAAAAAAIU/8KC03_KNixo/s400/13impala.jpg

  • "The 1950's Dream Machines - Automobiles in the 50's -." Associated Content - associatedcontent.com. Web. 25 Feb. 2010. <http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/450571/the_1950s_dream_machines_automobiles.html?cat=27>.

  • "Car Safety History: Air Bags To ABS." The Car Guy. Web. 25 Feb. 2010. <http://www.thecarguy.com/articles/airbags.htm>.

  • Google Images. Web. 25 Feb. 2010. <http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/2931908144_65e7ee487d.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.flickr.com/photos/trancefield/2931908144/&usg=__SZ5S6cHhV->.

  • "Seat Belt History." HubPages. Web. 25 Feb. 2010. <http://hubpages.com/hub/Seat-Belt-History>.

  • "YouTube - Back to the 50's Car Show 2008. St. Paul, Minnesota." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Web. 25 Feb. 2010. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SLiJu1sFx4&feature=related>.


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