1950s America

Yes, Smokey the Bear was based on a real three-month-old American black bear cub who in the spring of 1950 was caught in the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned 17,000 acres in the Lincoln National Forest. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. The image above shows a forest ranger playing with the real Smokey at a camp. Continue reading for more rarely seen color photos of the US during the 1950s.

10. Ladies in NYC (1958)

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9. James Dean with his Porsche 550 Spyder (1955)

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8. Colored Entrance in Alabama (1956)

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7. Daytona Beach (1957)

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6. Convenience Store in Alabama (1956)

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5. Lady Sitting Next to Television

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4. Florida Resort (1957)

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3. San Francisco Street (1957)

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2. Parade in Palm Springs (1955)

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1. Street Car Collides with Ford in Los Angeles (1955)

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