Story: City styles

Milk-bar cowboys, Auckland, 1950s (1st of 3)

Milk-bar cowboys, Auckland, 1950s

‘Milk-bar cowboys’ were an urban phenomenon of the 1950s. These young men wore leather jackets and wind-breakers, slicked down their hair, and rode motorcycles. Their favourite meeting spots were milk bars. Their rebellious attitude was feared and criticised by older, more conservative members of the community.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'City styles - City fashion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 July 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 11 Mar 2010