The 1950s was the decade of development and recovery in Edinburgh from the ravages of World War II. The International Festival and Military tattoo were introduced as an antidote to post-war austerity. When Elizabeth II became the Queen, she visited the city.
In the 1950s, trams ran on the roads, and people used to make trips to Portobello for a day of fun, but they were slowly usurped by the car. Slump housing was a blight on many people’s lives, but a real sense of community was ultimately lost in the move to sparkling, modern homes in the new housing estates. It was a glory period for the local football teams, and nights spent dancing or at the pictures were a weekly event.
Also, check Edinburgh in the 1960s.