There is an interesting book on 1950s consumerism and 1950s styles called "Populuxe". It has the appearance of a coffee table book, with lots of pictures and an oversized format, but it's a fairly scholarly in its content.
Off subject, but I saw some people surfing on Lake Michigan the other day. They must be insane. Not only is the beach where they were surfing full of giant boulders to prevent erosion, but the water is flipping freezing and the wind was cold and the waves are teeny unless it's a storm.