From Rocket 88 by Bill Haley and the Saddlemen to Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley, the rockabilly era – which swept across the United States in the 1950s – gave us some great songs. It also gave us some great products; here we pick out 10 of our favourites.
1. Bar Stool
The swivel bar stool dominated diners and bars during the iconic period, available in a range of different shapes and colours. Both practical and stylish, it was without a doubt one of the most defining objects of the time.
No café or saloon back then was complete without a jukebox nestled in the corner. It was the heartbeat of a hangout, providing a constant soundtrack for patrons to sing along to and dance the days away.
3. Coca-Cola Bottles
The 1950s is often referred to as the Golden Age of Coca-Cola. TV shows were growing in number and popularity – and so advertising came to the fore. Soon what seemed like everyone in the United States was drinking the carbonated soft drink. The signature Coca-Cola bottles became a must-have accessory.
4. Diner Booth
Sitting in the comfy surroundings of a diner booth while tucking into a burger and fries was how most American teenagers spent their downtime during the rockabilly era. It was the place to hang out with friends and chat about the hottest acts on the scene.
5. Elvis Presley's Greatest Hits
Elvis Presley was an early populariser of rockabilly – one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music – and his music continues to entertain the masses. Heartbreak Hotel soared to number one in the United States when it was released in 1956.
6. Neon Diner Sign
Neon signs would lead the way to diners. All teenagers had to do was follow the bright lights in their Cadillac. If the signs were lit up in a multitude colours, they knew the diners were still alive and kicking.
7. Record Player
There was no such thing as CDs and MP3 players back then. The humble record player was the heartbeat of the music scene, bringing the fresh sounds of rockabilly – a combination of American folk, Western music and rock and roll – to the ears of a generation.
8. Pendant Ceiling Light
Inside the diners, pendant ceiling lights lit up the place. Hanging low from roof, they epitomised the style of the era. Designs were kept to a minimum, which helped them fit seamlessly into their surroundings.
9. Coca-Cola Tin Poster
As mentioned earlier, TV advertising gathered pace during the 1950s. But traditional forms of advertising still reigned supreme – and the iconic Coca-Cola posters were seen pretty much everywhere. Collectors continue to scour the internet looking for originals that were around at the time.
10. Retro Table
Tables in diners usually had curved aluminium edges, practical laminated surfaces and steel chrome plated legs – in keeping with the simple look. But they were incredibly stylish, brought to life by the odd splash of colour.