Greasers in the 1950s

Hey, Amy. Time to let me know how things went for you this week in 1950-something. 

Huh. Well, it only makes sense that if you're not in any hurry to communicate with me you must be getting used to the way things are in the 1950s.

You know, the traditional subservient roles of women and lack of job equality.

Oh, I see. You had a great time at the Sock Hop. And you like the other waitresses at the diner where  you work your butt off?
That's great. Glad to hear it.

Still, your lack of biting my ear off about returning you to the 21st century doesn't really seem like you.

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Ah! You met someone. And there it is.

Your girlfriends call him a "greaser"? You want to know what that means?

Beginning  in the late 1940s, a subculture of young men from the homes of the working class were attracted to the rebellious culture of the "greasers". With few opportunities for decent jobs, they empowered themselves with their own manufactured status and appearance.

Often coming from homes of Italian and Latino heritage, big greasy hairstyles such as the Pompadour and Duck Tail are attained with the use of  products such as pomade and petroleum jelly. Leather jackets, T-shirts and straight-legged pants or jeans also define the look.

Souped up hot rods, motorcycles, rock and roll and cigarette smoking also play a major part in the definition of a greaser, along with leather jackets and straight-legged pants.



Movies with storylines involving greasers such as The Wild One (1953) and  Rebel Without a Cause (1955) are extremely popular.

In 1957, the musical about two rival greaser street gangs in New York City (The Sharks and The Jets) will run for 732 performances before it goes on tour.

In 1974 the film, The Lords of Flatbush will again create an acknowledgement of the greaser subculture.

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In 1974, Henry Winkler will bring to life his greaser character, The  Fonz, in the hit show Happy Days. It will run for twelve years.

And in 1978, the musical romantic comedy  movie, Grease, will be released to return viewers to the 1940s and 1950s of the greasers.

Honestly, Amy, I'm totally excited about this new guy in your life.
Can't wait to hear more about him.

Oh, yeah. I'm definitely going to keep working on the time machine.
I'm going to work on it tirelessly every day until I get you back to the 21st century.
Well, maybe not tirelessly, but you get  my drift.