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Experience the 1950s


Discover the reactions of a girl growing up in the 1950s and experiencing its unique culture!

In the historical novel Boy Crazy, read about:

50-Yard Petticoats

Bobby Sox

Grilled Cheese Toastwiches

Chemise Dresses

The Cold War


Crew Cuts

DA (Duck’s Ass) Or Ducktail Hairstyles

DeSoto Cars


Empire Waist Dresses

Formica Counters

GE Transistor Radios


Godless Communists

Heywood-Wakefield Furniture


Ivy League Style Clothing

Jamaica Shorts

Manischewitz Passover Wine

Million Dollar Pier in Atlantic City

Mohawk Airlines

Mr. Peanut of Planters Nuts

NY State Regents’ Certificates

 Palmer Method Handwriting

Patent Leather Tap Shoes

 Plaid Skirts

Purity Test


Sack Dresses

Saddle Shoes

Schwinn Bicycles

Serena Sanitary Napkins by Modess

Silk Shantung Dresses

Singapore Sling Cocktails

Slam Books

Sputnik Satellite

Tab Moving Picture Books

Taffeta Dresses

Western Union Telegrams

The Albany Times Union

The Knickerbocker News


Tweed Jumpers

Twinset Sweater Sets

United Nations Anniversary

1955 Volkswagen Beetles

Walking Dolls

Waterman Cartridge Pens

White Buck Shoes

Zapatistas by Jose Orozco

Read the historical novel Boy Crazy to vicariously experience these Places in the 1950s:

Adirondack Mountains

Albany High School

Albany, NY

Asbury Park, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ


Belmar, NJ

Boulevard Cafeteria in Albany

Breakers Restaurant


Camp Is-Sho-Da

New York State Capital District

Catskill Mountains

Central Avenue in Albany

Christian Brothers Academy

Colonie, NY

Coney Island

Cort Theatre

Craig-E-Clare Castle

New York State Department of Mental Hygiene

DeWitt Clinton Hotel

Dundas Castle

Dutch Oven Bakery in Albany

Emmy’s Brauhaus

Far Rockaway, NY

Fort Ann, NY

Franconia Hotel in NYC

Gloversville, NY

Greenfern Camp

Hackett Junior High School in Albany

Hague Photo Studio in Albany


Hampton Hotel in Albany

Hawkins Stadium in Menands, NY

Helderberg Mountains

Hendrik Hudson Hotel

Hotel Jefferson Plantation Room in Atlantic City

Howard Johnson’s

Hyannis, MA

Jack’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant in Albany

Jewish Community Center in Albany

Joe’s Delicatessen

Kehilah Jeshurun synagogue in NYC

Lone Pine Trailer Camp

Madison Theatre in Albany

Manhattan, NY

McKownville Day Camp

Michael’s Coffee Shop in Albany

Michelson’s Shoe Store in Albany

Mohegan Lake, NY

Mother Goldsmith’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY

Myers Department Store in Albany

Nantasket Beach, MA

New York City

Northampton Beach, NY

Northville, NY

NY State Thruway

Ohav Shalom synagogue in Albany

Palace Theatre in Albany

Philip Livingston Junior High School

Philip Schuyler High School

Philip Schuyler Mansion

Plymouth, MA

Radio City Music Hall in NYC

Rensselaer, NY

Rosen’s Department Store in Albany

Sacandaga Reservoir, NY

Saratoga Springs, NY

Slingerlands, NY

St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany

St. Teresa’s School in Albany

Stewart’s Ice Cream Parlor in Albany

Thatcher Park, NY

The Moon for pizza in Albany

Tollgate Soda Fountain in Slingerlands, NY

Tower of Talent

Vincentian Institute in Albany

Waldorf Cafeteria in Albany

White Tower

White’s Beach, NY

Whitney’s Department Store in Albany


Young’s Gap Hotel in Liberty, NY

In the historical novel Boy Crazy, read about Famous People and Programs in the 1950s:

Adlai Stevenson

Art Linkletter’s House Party

Arthur Godfrey radio show

Audrey Hepburn

Barry Gordon

Buddy Holly

Carol Lynley

Cary Grant

Connie Francis

Dakota Staton

Debbie Reynolds

Deborah Kerr

Dick Clark

Dicky Doo and the Don’ts

DJ Sherwood

Ed Sullivan TV show

President Eisenhower

Ella Fitzgerald

Elvis Presley

Emiliano Zapata

Fabulous Fabian

Fats Domino

Frank Sinatra

Gene Autry

Gordon MacRae

Hank Bloomgarden

Harry Belafonte

Hopalong Cassidy

Howdy Doody

Humphrey Bogart

I Love Lucy

Ingrid Bergman

Izzy Demsky

Jimmie Rogers

Joanne Woodward

John Wayne

Johnnie Ray

Johnny Mathis

Kirk Douglas

Lawrence Welk

Leslie Caron

Little Richard

Louis Armstrong

Ludwig van Beethoven

Marie Curie

Martha Schlamme

Mexican artist Orozco

Mickey Mantle

Mitzi Gaynor

Miyoshi Umeki

Mort Freeman

Nat King Cole

Natalie Wood

Ozzie and Harriet

Pat Boone

Paul Newman

Rabbi Lookstein

Ralph Bellamy

Rex Harrison

Ricky Nelson

Radio City Rockettes

Rossano Brazzi

Roy Rogers

Sam Cooke

Sarah Vaughan

Shirley MacLaine

Tab Hunter

The Everly Brothers

The Jive Bombers

The Lone Ranger

The Platters

This Is Your Life

Tommy Sands


Troy Donahue

TV quiz show Twenty One

Yul Brynner

Read about 1950s Movies and Plays in the historical novel Boy Crazy:

A Certain Smile

A Farewell to Arms

A Night to Remember

A Place in the Sun

A Summer Place

An Affair to Remember


Anatomy of a Murder

Auntie Mame

Blue Denim


Damn Yankees

From Here to Eternity


Green Mansions

High Hopes

Hole in the Head

Imitation of Life


King Creole

North by Northwest


Pillow Talk

Rio Bravo

Room at the Top


Separate Tables

Singin’ in the Rain

Some Came Running

South Pacific

Stalag 17

Sunrise at Campobello

Tale of Two Cities

Tammy and the Bachelor

The Al Jolson Story

The Defiant Ones

The King and I

The Long Hot Summer

The Mouse That Roared

The Nun’s Story

The Sound and the Fury

The Teahouse of the August Moon

The Ten Commandments

The Young Philadelphians

Wild Strawberries

Read about Music Popular in the 1950s in the historical novel Boy Crazy:


All I Want to Do Is Dream

American Bandstand

April Love

Artza Alinu

At the Hop

Bali Hai

Beethoven Symphonies


Boppin´ in a Sack


Chantilly Lace

Come Go with Me



Everybody Loves Saturday Night

For Your Precious Love

Good Golly Miss Molly

Good King Wencelas


I’m Looking over a Four Leaf Clover

Jailhouse Rock

Kisses Sweeter than Wine

La Bamba

Little Darlin’

Loving You

Metropolitan Opera

Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu

Over the Rainbow

Peggy Sue

Purple People Eater

Albany Radio Station WPTR


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Some Enchanted Evening


That’ll Be the Day

Top 40


Twilight Time

Wake up Little Susie

Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets

Who’s Sorry Now

Witch Doctor


You Send Me

Younger Than Springtime


Read the historical novel Boy Crazy to learn more about Pastimes of Girls growing up in the 1950s:

Signing Autograph Books

Playing Badminton

Ballet and Tap Dancing Classes

Attending Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs

Playing or Watching Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, and Football Games

Bicycle Riding

Playing Board Games like Monopoly, Candyland, and Boom or Bust


Flying Up from Brownies to Girl Scouts and Attending Brownie and Girl Scout Meetings and Camp

Dancing the Stroll, Jitterbug, Fox-Trot, Waltz, and Cha Cha

Kissing during Champagne Dances

Doing Chores

Cooking Dinner


DeMolay Picnics


Playing with Dolls

Studying and Taking Exams


Playing Canasta and Gin Rummy

Gym Classes

Dressing in Halloween Costumes

Going on Hayride and Other Dates

Attending Hebrew School

Doing Homework

Kissing Games like Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Plums and Spin the Bottle

Playing Ledge

Watching Movies in Theatres and Drive-Ins

National Forensic League Debate Participation

Training a Parakeet to Talk

Attending Parties, Proms, and Dances

Piano and Violin Lessons and Practice

Playing Ping-Pong and Miniature Golf

Pony Rides

Reading Books and Magazines

Serving as Class, School, or Club Officer

Roller Skating

Sending Valentines


Sewing Dresses at Singer Sewing Classes for Teens

Playing Skee-Ball

Throwing Snowballs

Attending Sorority Teas and Meetings

Student Council Meetings

Summer Vacationing


Playing with Toys

Working in the Family Store

Listening to the World Series

Attending Club Meetings like Daughters of Minerva Literary Society and Young Judaea

Read the historical novel Boy Crazy to learn more about what girls coming of age in the 1950s read:

American Girl Magazine

Anna Karenina by Tolstoy

Betty Cavanna Teen Novels

Bleak House by Dickens

Bobbsey Twins Mysteries

Book of Esther

Cherry Ames Mysteries

Teen Romances like Class Ring, Fifteen, Lasso Your Heart, Love, Laurie, Senior Prom, and High Hurdles

George Eliot novels like Daniel Deronda, Middlemarch, Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner

Giants in the Earth

The Metamorphosis by Kafka

 Kristin Lavransdatter

Marjorie Morningstar

Nancy Drew Mysteries

Seventeen Magazine

Sunday New York Times

The Diary of a Young Girl

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Thomas Huxley

We Shook the Family Tree

Woman of Valor

Read about these Themes in the 1950s historical novel Boy Crazy:

Adolescence and Puberty


Bigotry, Prejudice, Discrimination, and Anti-Semitism

Boy Craziness



Childhood and Preteen Years

Religious Holidays and Customs

Honor Students and College Preparation

Coming of Age




Dream Realization

Family Relations and Conflict



Funerals and Death

Goal Attainment


Jewish Life


Love and Infatuation

Losses and Abandonment

Menopause and Change of Life

Puberty and Menstruation


Only Children


Religion and God

School Years

Teen Dating and Romance

Teen Rebellion