Vintage: Everyday Life in Italy (1950s)

Vintage: Everyday Life in Italy (1950s)


In the 1950s and 1960s the country enjoyed prolonged economic boom, which was accompanied by a dramatic rise in the standard of living of ordinary Italians. The so-called Italian economic miracle lasted almost uninterrupted until the “Hot Autumn’s” massive strikes and social unrest of 1969–70, that combined with the later 1973 oil crisis, gradually cooled the economy, that has never returned to its heady post-war growth rates.

A young barber at work on an elderly client in Italy. 1955. (Keystone / Getty Images)

A young barber at work on an elderly client in Italy. 1955. (Keystone / Getty Images)

Two women hailing a Vespa Taxi-Scooter, in Milan. April 1952. (Keystone / Getty Images)

Two women hailing a Vespa Taxi-Scooter, in Milan. April 1952. (Keystone / Getty Images)

British violonist Yehudi Menuhin and his wife Diana eating spaghetti before a concert the Maestro gave in Venice. (Afp / AFP / Getty Images)

British violonist Yehudi Menuhin and his wife Diana eating spaghetti before a concert the Maestro gave in Venice. (Afp / AFP / Getty Images)

A schoolboy walks through the rain in Saint Mark’s Square, Venice. March 1958. (Koenig/BIPs / Getty Images)

A schoolboy walks through the rain in Saint Mark’s Square, Venice. March 1958. (Koenig/BIPs / Getty Images)

The Reschen Lake in southern Tyrol, which covers the sunken village of Graun, on August 13, 1953. (Keystone / Getty Images)

The Reschen Lake in southern Tyrol, which covers the sunken village of Graun, on August 13, 1953. (Keystone / Getty Images)

Italy’s Fausto Coppi finishing the seventeenth lap of the bicycle race across Italy. June 1952. (AP Photo/B)

Italy’s Fausto Coppi finishing the seventeenth lap of the bicycle race across Italy. June 1952. (AP Photo/B)

Famous Italian film and stage actress Anna Magnani in Rome. January 1952. (AP Photo/Lucio D’Aloisio)

Famous Italian film and stage actress Anna Magnani in Rome. January 1952. (AP Photo/Lucio D’Aloisio)

A tour boat leaves harbor for the ‘Blue Grotto’ on the isle of Capri. Circa 1955. (Nocella/Three Lions / Getty Images)

A tour boat leaves harbor for the ‘Blue Grotto’ on the isle of Capri. Circa 1955. (Nocella/Three Lions / Getty Images)

A stall holder selling live crabs at a market in an Italian fishing town. Circa 1950. (Felix Man/Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

A stall holder selling live crabs at a market in an Italian fishing town. Circa 1950. (Felix Man/Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Italian driver Alberto Ascari steers his Lancia at the finish line of the 1000 Miles race in Rome. May 1954. (Stf / AFP / Getty Images)

Italian driver Alberto Ascari steers his Lancia at the finish line of the 1000 Miles race in Rome. May 1954. (Stf / AFP / Getty Images)

Italian film stars Vittorio Gassman and Silvana Mangano wait for a take in Venice. February 1954. (AP Photo)

Italian film stars Vittorio Gassman and Silvana Mangano wait for a take in Venice. February 1954. (AP Photo)

A man sells cherries from a market stall in Naples. Circa 1952. (Picture Post/Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

A man sells cherries from a market stall in Naples. Circa 1952. (Picture Post/Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Sophia Loren on location at Ostia Antica for the filming of ‘La Fortuna di Essere Donna’. 1955. (Enzo Graffeo/BIPs / Getty Images)

Sophia Loren on location at Ostia Antica for the filming of ‘La Fortuna di Essere Donna’. 1955. (Enzo Graffeo/BIPs / Getty Images)

An Italian man watches an American tourist walking her poodle down the Spanish Steps in Rome. Circa 1955. (Evans/Three Lions / Getty Images)

An Italian man watches an American tourist walking her poodle down the Spanish Steps in Rome. Circa 1955. (Evans/Three Lions / Getty Images)


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