It’s hard to believe that so much has changed in Sunderland and County Durham since these photos were taken.
But just take a look at the fashion of the times, the long-gone industry and the cars we used to drive.
Take a look and, if these photos bring back happy memories, get in touch and tell us more.
1. A star in the area
Singing star Ruby Murray was appearing at the Sunderland Empire in 1957 and here is a photo of the celebrity who had ten hit singles in the 1950s.
2. The days of shipbuilding
Pickersgills shipyard in 1957. Austin and Pickersgill had merged three years earlier.
3. Star of the stage
Another singing star and this time it is Yana with her singing poodles. She was pictured getting ready for rehearsals in November 1957.
4. A church view
St Cecilia's RC Church in Ryhope Road in Sunderland. Building work was completed on the church in early 1957 and the first mass was held in February that year.