Bettie Page became famous in the 1950s as a pin-up girl

Bettie Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) became famous in the 1950s as a pin-up girl. Page was often referred to as the “Queen of Pinups”, with her jet black hair, blue eyes, and trademark bangs influencing artists for generations.

“I never thought it was shameful. I felt normal. It’s just that it was much better than pounding a typewriter eight hours a day, which gets monotonous.” ~ Bettie Page in a 1998 interview with Playboy.

Bettie Page 1950s Candy Striper pin-up

Bettie Page in a leopard tarzan style leotard.

Bettie Page polka dot bikini

The Hula-Hoop is patented – March 5, 1962


On March 5, 1962 the hula hoop is patented by Wham-O toy company co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. The hula-hoop gained international popularity in the late 1950s when a plastic version was successfully marketed by California’s Wham-O toy company. With give aways and national marketing and retailing, a fad was started in July, 1958. Twenty-five million plastic hoops were sold in less than four months, and in two years sales reached more than 100 million units. The hula hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 1999.

The hula-hoop craze of the mid 1950’s