One part of the 50′s that I still find interesting is the tiki bar. In the Atompunk world, this would definitely be the novelty bar/resort of choice, and the tropics would most certainly be the vacation destination for the common family. Just looking at anything tiki reminds me of my grandparent’s photos of their trips to Hawaii and other tropical islands.
The whole Tiki Bar thing was started by a guy named Earnest Raymond Gantt, who changed his name to Don the Beachcomber, after his bar of the same name became popular. He helped invent all of the “tropical” cocktails that are still popular to this day.
This is required viewing/listening: NY Times Tiki Feature
Tiki Bar TV is still my favorite podcast of all time.