Fifties Foto Flashback: The Juke

Retro Dee writes about music, fashion and other trends of the 1950s on this site.  Check out her blog, Retro Dee’s Guide to the Best Era Ever here, and her column here every Wednesday.

Hi folks it’s Retro Dee with another edition of “Fifties Foto Flashback”!

Here we have a photo that should look familiar to you if you’re into the 50’s/early 60’s era. It’s been used quite a lot– in fact I think they even featured it on “American Pickers” to illustrate the importance of jukeboxes in that era.


Teens play the jukebox in this famous mid-century photograph

You might have thought that the guy on the left is Buddy Holly, but it isn’t. It really looks like it could be him, especially when he was just starting out. I mean, seriously. He looks just like Buddy Holly! (Eat your heart out, Rivers Cuomo!)

But what I really love about this photo, is the intense looks of these teens while picking out their choices. It truly shows how much their “new music” meant to them. I also like the knit set on the girl in the front who is pressing the button. 🙂

I don’t know where this photo originated, but I found it yet again on Pinterest. Maybe it’s one of those Life Magazine things. No doubt it’s an iconic image that well encapsulates the era in a particularly special way if you love the music from that time.

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