The Smoking Fifties

Michael Philip Manheim has just released the second in a series of nostalgic photography, this time capturing the “Smoking” Fifties. The 1950s were a time of change and energy for Manheim, then a young photographer testing his eye and equipment to capture a moment in time.

This collection of black and white photos from the archives of Michael Philip Manheim presents small-town life in the 1950s. Manheim’s own lucid commentary on the era accompanies the images. With sympathetic but unsentimental attention, he documents the fascinating details of street scenes, dress and customs, faces and emotions of the era. These photographs allow the viewer to enter a different world, familiar to some and new to others.

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