Traveling Through Time ( The 1950s)

Marilyn_Monroe_photo_pose_Seven_Year_ItchIn the last several months, I’ve been writing a trilogy of novellas set in 1950s Vegas. I’ve listened to music to inspire me, researched fashion, and played with gender roles for that time period. Of course, I didn’t go for the stereotype, but heroes can be a lot more alpha when “men were men” (whatever that means).

Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things I’ve discovered.

The book When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem and Murder (by Steven Fischer). The mob is involved in my stories and this was a fun and revealing read.

My Pandora station: Vegas Fifties. There’s the expected Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. But I also discovered new artists like Keely Smith (an inspiration for one of my characters).

So many websites! Time.com has tons, like this article: Vintage Vegas: Scenes From a Desert Boomtown.

I used this site, Beneath It All: ’50s and ’60s Underwear, to research what characters might encounter during sexy times, and this one, 1950s fashion & style, just to explore the fun and glamorous attire of the time period.

This last site saved my butt when it came to how my characters should talk: Slang of the 1950s.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour through some of the information I gathered to help me write these stories that I love. I promise to keep you updated when they become closer to an edited and readable state.

About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Come for the snark. Stay for the story.
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5 Responses to Traveling Through Time ( The 1950s)

  1. Well done. How wonderful that you found so many great websites to help. Good luck with the book.

  2. Sutton Fox says:

    How fun, Lori! What great websites. Can’t wait to read it.

  3. Lynn Crain says:

    I hear ’50s Vegas was very exciting. Living in it from the late ’60s on was very exciting in it’s own way as the Feds were slowly driving out the mob. Lots of shootings, car bombings and more.

    However, as a kid, it was also very, very safe growing up because the mob had a real separation between family life and business. The mob ruled it and controlled thus leaving out a lot of the negative element that strikes big cities.

    At least for a while. They couldn’t hold back progress and eventually were thrown almost completely out. Notice I said almost. LOL!

    I have a friend who lived next door to a major mobster and she said he was the nicest person. She never had a clue.

    I also worked across the hall to Oscar Goodman when he was defending the savory lot. You never knew just who would be walking that door.

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