Angus Trumble’s 1950 In Retrospect


"The first gay liberation organization, known somewhat enigmatically as The Mattachine Foundation, was established in Los Angeles. The tenth Duke of Devonshire, 55, died suddenly at Eastbourne. Wisely, Shirley Temple announced her retirement from show business. T. S. Eliot said he objected to television...."

For this issue, our regular contributor delves headlong into 1950, chronicling the firsts of the era (credit cards, Peanuts, antihistamines) and what appeared to be the end of times (Truman’s decision to develop the H-Bomb, the first rumblings of McCarthyism).

Angus Trumble is Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia. Formerly the Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, Trumble has written several books, including A Brief History of the Smile (Basic Books, 2004), and The Finger: A Handbook (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2010).