Identifying Decades from the 1950s to the 2030s

There are iconic looks for different decades. There was changing fashion, cars and devices that we carried.

The look of the 1950s was immortalized in the movie American Graffiti and the TV show Happy Days. The iconic cars were early station wagons, convertibles, Studebakers, Hudson cars, motorcycles.

There was a high percentage of kids because of the post-war baby boom and many people in the US began homeownership because of the GI bill. People smoked a lot.

The phones were black dial-up phones.

The Western Electric model 500 telephone series was the standard domestic desk telephone set issued by the Bell System in North America from 1950 through the 1984.

The 1960s is the decade of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

There were now color dial-up phones and the first push-button numbers on phones appeared.

Model 1500 phone was from 1963 to 1968

The Volkswagen Beetle and VW Van were iconic vehicles and motorcycles.

The Space Program is active through the 1960s and the Apollo program ends in 1972.

The 1970s in the US is the age of Disco and the look of Grease and Saturday Night Fever. There are many young families living in suburbs.

There are still mostly dial-up phones, but the phones are made of lighter construction. Movie and TV tough guys would not knock someone out with a heavy receiver like something set in the 1950s or 1960s.

Compact cars and cars from Japan emerge and become popular.

Pan Am is the dominant airline from the 1930s through to the 1970s. Pan Am continued into the 1980s.

The 1980s see a fitness craze and MTV (music videos). There is a substantial decline in smoking.

Phones continue to get lighter construction. The first brick mobile phones appear.

Minivans appear and there are a lot of sports cars. There are more upscale Japanese cars. Pickup trucks get a lot bigger.

Pacman and Ms Pacman are the most popular video games along with Atari video games.

The Space Shuttle program is from 1981-2011.

People get personal computers.

Instant Polaroid cameras are popular. The Sony Walkman is a popular device. CD Players are popular.

The 1990s see colors and fashion have less bright colors. The Friends TV show has the look of the decade.

Cellphones become popular first as basic phones, flip phones and then early smart phones.

SUVs gain popularity. Laptops become popular.

The Internet and worldwide web become popular starting around 1993 but getting really hot around 1995.

The 2000s see iPods and then iPhones.

SUVs get more popular. Laptops get thinner.

The Internet gets more mature. Facebook displaces MySpace.

The 2010s see iPads and tablets.

SUVs get more popular and big F-150s remain popular.

SpaceX gains dominance of commercial flight and masters reuse of the first stage.

Voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home emerge.

Video calling (Skype) emerges it the 2000s but becomes popular through the 2010s and then video calling for work and social activities becomes dominant during COVID.

The 2020s will see the shift to almost all new cars and trucks becoming electric and getting self-driving. The Tesla Cybertruck will be an iconic vehicle.

There was mask-wearing starts around 2003 in Asia but it becomes and remains standard around the world during and after COVID.

SpaceX gets the fully reusable rocket. The Starlink satellite network competes with fiber and cable internet delivery on the ground.

There will be great broadband communication in rural and remote areas and on planes, ships and trains.

The amount of activity and things moved to space will increase by over 1000 times. There will be thousands of people in orbit and the moon and some on Mars.

Technology will help turn the corner on obesity. New drugs and lifestyle changes could see life expectancy edge up towards 90 in many countries.

Self-driving trucks will enable 1-day ground delivery across North America, Asia and Europe.

The 2030s will see even more self-driving. There will be mobile rooms and offices.

There was mask warning starting around 2003 in Asia but it becomes and remains standard around the world during and after COVID.

There will be tens of millions traveling, working, and living in space. There will one-hour anywhere flight on safe reusable rockets. 1000 people at a time will fly in the rockets. There would have been rapid package delivery in the years before reusable passenger rockets.

The amount of activity and things moved to space will increase by over 100 times over the 2020s level.

Technology will make huge progress against obesity and people will be made fit through technology like genetic manipulation or nanotechnology. More powerful technology will see radical life extension of over 30 years. 70-80 will be the new 40s.

Direct Brain-computer interfaces (non-invasive and invasive) will gain some traction.

Self-driving cars and tunnels will make traffic jams a thing of the past.

Written By Brian Wang,