50’s vs ’50s :

50 s or 50s

There’s no requirement for the apostrophe before the “S” in decade nameslike 50s and 60s, since there are no omitted letters, though it’s alsoacceptable to include one. The term may be written “’50s” since “19” isbeing omitted, but “50s” is fine too. Writers who wish to have theirreferences to decades clearly understood in the twenty-first centurywould be well advised not to omit the first two digits.Note that you may have to turn off “smart quotes” in your word processorto get a leading apostrophe like the one in “’50s” to curl correctlyunless you know how to type the character directly. Or you can just type two and delete the first one.

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