The 1950s was an era of emerging technology and, in particular, the era of television in the home. By the end of the 50s, televisions were present in 90% of homes in America. Some great musicians also emerged, including Elvis Presley and along with him the soaring popularity of Rock and Roll. Actress Marilyn Monroe was alive and well, gracing the silver screen with her unforgettable look. The presence of television and the growing emphasis on popular and material culture meant plenty of advertising and its accompanying imagery. These years also saw the introduction of copy machines, fax machines and polaroid cameras which meant that images could now be captured and transfered much more efficiently and in greater quantity. This changed the way that culture was created and shared. All of these factors influenced the Pop Art movement that began to happen in the 50s. It is difficult to talk about the fifties without talking about Pop Art!


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