If there's one thing we humans like to do, it's label ourselves and one another. Sometimes those labels are quite obviously laudatory ("The Greatest Generation"). Sometimes they're pitying ("The Lost Generation"). Sometimes they're rightly withering ("The Me Generation"). And sometimes, considered in the moment, they're simply accurate.
In June 1954, LIFE magazine published an article titled "The Luckiest Generation" that, revisited 60 years later, feels like a near-perfect snapshot of a certain segment of American society at a singular moment in the nation's history.