Rare Vintage Photos of What Life Was Like in the ’50s

Life in the 1950s was very different from what it is today. Lacking the technology of the 21st century, it was a much simpler time. People weren’t distracted by personal devices and spent more time face to face and outside enjoying nature. The post-World War II boom boosted the economy, allowing Americans to purchase new cars, homes and enjoy more leisure time than ever before in the 50s. Now, travel back in time with these vintage photos.

Kids Got Excited by Toys Like This Robot

The ’50s were a simpler time. Kids weren’t exposed to the technology that’s prevalent today, and they had a lot of fun with items that were a bit more low key. Check out this young boy wearing a futuristic space helmet and goggles. He’s using a toy called Robert the Robot, which was manufactured by the Ideal Toy Corp.

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The robot was showcased during the summer of 1959 at the American Fair in Moscow. The robot was touted for its ability to walk and talk. Even its eyes lit up with the help of a remote control. The robot cost just six dollars.