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listening booth, Wallach's Music City, 1953
by Manitoba Museum of Finds Art on Flickr
listening booth, Wallachs Music City, 1953 by Manitoba Museum of Finds Art, via Flickr - There were listening booths in many record stores in the 1950s and 1960s. This one is in Hollywood, CA. I've listened to music in those booths MANY times in the 1960s. Also in Sound City in Canoga Park, CA. You could take a stack of albums in there and listen to them before you bought anything...and you weren't required to buy anything.
My dad would take me with him. I'd put the earphones on inside the booth, and listen to jazz and big band music. This was the neatest environment for music lovers. I think about this fairly frequently!
Woolworth's lunch counter menu from 1950
old record shops.... I love digging through records..
1950s anon Acme photo agency - mom basting thanksgiving turkey - front by blacque_jacques, via Flickr
Instructions for children using the telephone, 1950′s = give a child a dial phone today and see if they could figure out how to use it.
Retro Kitchen Home Decor Revere Ware Copper Bottom Cookware Vintage 1950s Print Ads
HIDDEN CHARM POWDER MITT... you put bowder in it and puffed it all over yourself after your bath.
Greetings From San Fernando Valley California 1950s
Jukebox - this is more 50's but we caught the tail end of it. Love the photo anyhow
L.A. Wilshire 1950s
Record store, where you used to sit down and use the headphones to listen to the records before you decided to buy them :)