Revisit 1955
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Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?

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If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

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When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon? Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.

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I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

I read the other day where some
scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas .

Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.

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I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They're even making electric typewriters now.

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It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

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It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

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I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

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Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.

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The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

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There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

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No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for my blood.

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If they think I'll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.

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Know any friends who would get a kick out of these, pass this on!
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sure and send it to your kids and grand kids, too

 

OLYMPIC PARK VIDEO

music of the 1950s  
Classmate Tommy Tenore has sent a nostalgic YouTube video of Olympic Park.

 

 

1955 POPULAR MUSIC

music of the 1950s  
Yes, you can listen to the songs.  If your computer has a sound card and MP3 player software (most newer ones do), clicking on the title will load the player, download the song, and play it.  The quality's good, but a slow internet connection may require lots of patience.

TITLE ARTIST
Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & the Comets
Earth Angel The Penguins
Maybellene Chuck Berry
Ain't That A Shame Fats Domino
Only You The Platters
Sincerely The McGuire Sisters
Hearts of Stone The Fontane Sisters
Ballad of Davey Crockett Bill Hayes
Mannish Boy Muddy Waters
Autumn Leaves Roger Williams
Let Me Go Lover Joan Weber
A Blossom Fell Nat King Cole
Yellow Rose of Texas Mitch Miller
Dance With Me Henry Georgia Gibbs
Unchained Melody Les Baxter
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White Perez Prado
Learnin' The Blues Frank Sinatra
Sixteen Tons Tennessee Ernie Ford
Hard to Get Gisele MacKenzie
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing Four Aces

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1955 MOVIES

TITLE DIRECTOR; STARS
Bad Day at Black Rock John Sturges; Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan
The Blackboard Jungle Richard Brooks
East of Eden Elia Kazan; James Dean, Richard Davalos
Kiss Me Deadly Robert Aldrich; Ralph Meeker
Lady and the Tramp Disney Studio
Marty Delbert Mann; Ernest Borgnine
Mister Roberts John Ford
The Night of the Hunter Charles Laughton; Robert Mitchum, Shelly Winters
Picnic Joshua Logan
Rebel Without a Cause Nicholas Ray; James Dean, Natalie Wood
The Seven Year Itch Billy Wilder; Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell
Summertime David Lean
To Catch a Thief Alfred Hitchcock; Cary Grant, Grace Kelly
The Rose Tattoo Daniel Mann

TIMING

1955 came:

AFTER . . . BUT BEFORE . . .
Chlorophyll Cholesterol
Abstinence Birth Control Pills
Poodle Skirts Bikinis
Grey Pants Bell Bottoms
Frankie Elvis
78's Eight track
Slide Rules Computers
High Fidelity Stereo
Drive-In Movies Cinemascope
Making Out Living Together
Bread lines Food Stamps
Korea VietNam
Falsies Implants
Touchdowns Field Goals
Chevy Corvette Ford Thunderbird
Highways Interstates
Diners Drive-Thrus
Technicolor Movies Color TV
Buck Rogers Sputnick

HAPPENINGS IN 1955

Don’t Walk signs are introduced to the streets of New York City.

Polio shots are given in public schools.

US starts sending $216 million in aid to Vietnam.

The U.S. imports 57,115 passenger cars. That number will climb to 668,070 by 1959, which will be a stellar year for imports.

Ann Landers starts her famous column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Richard J. Daley is elected mayor of Chicago and begins a 21-year reign of  patronage politics.

Rosa ParksDefying Alabama law, Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.

Home microwave ovens go on sale.

On the air, you'll  find 2,635 AM radio, 553 FM radio and 411 TV Stations.

West Germany is admitted into NATO on May 9. The Soviets counter NATO with creation of the Warsaw Pact, signed by eight countries on May 14.

Bella Lugosi (Dracula) goes into a hospital for treatment of a 20 year drug addition.

New drugs Thorazine and Reserpine are found to be very useful in the treatment of mental patients.

Instant Oatmeal is invented by the Quaker Oats Company.

It's finger lickin' good!  Kentucky Fried Chicken is introduced nationally.

Crest, the first toothpaste with fluoride clinically proven to fight cavities, is launched.

NY psychologist Joyce Brothers won The $64,000 Question.  Her topic was boxing.

The National Review appears, edited and published by William F. Buckley, Jr.

The Village Voice begins publication.  Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher and Norman Mailer, the weekly publication introduces free-form, high-spirited and passionate journalism .

Argentina's President Juan Peron is overthrown by a military coup; he flees to Spain.  Pope Pius XII excommunicates him. 

The first automobile seat belt legislation is enacted in Illinois.

Barbra Striesand records "You'll Never Know" at age 13.

First McDonaldsIn early 1954 Ray Kroc drives to San Bernardino, CA to see what is going on with a hamburger stand owned by Dick and Maurice (Mac) McDonald.  Kroc, who sold Multimixers, wanted to know why the brothers ordered so many of them.  Kroc discovered a huge lunch line of ordinary people wanting a 15¢ burger (4¢ extra for cheese), a 5¢ coffee, or a 20¢ milkshake!   He opened his own first hamburger stand in suburban Chicago in 1955.  By 1956 there were 12, by 1960, 228.  In 2000, McDonald's has grown to 25,000 restaurants in about 120 countries.

The corticosteroid prednisone is developed.

Congress authorizes all US currency and coins to say In God We Trust.

Marian Anderson becomes the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Disneyland opens and has over 1 million visitors in only 7 weeks.

No-iron Dacron is introduced.

After appearing in East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause, James Dean is killed in an automobile accident.

Top-of-the-line mink coats are on sale for $895.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ends the year at  488.4

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, (Sloan Wilson), Andersonville, (MacKinlay Kantor), and Gift from the Sea (Anne Morrow Lindbergh) top the best seller lists.

Russian-born Vladimir Nabokov's best-known novel, Lolita, shocked many people but its humor and literary style are praised by critics.

The 1955 Thunderbird comes to Ford showrooms.  It sells for just under $3000, plus options.

The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge, making the new AFL-CIO an organization with 15 million members. George Meany becomes president.

President Eisenhower conducts the first televised press conference.

Johnson & Johnson markets the first baby shampoo. 

There are 38,426 motor vehicle related deaths. There are  nine aviation accidents resulting in 158 fatalities.

Unemployment is 4.4%

US average annual income:  $4,137.

Einstein_3.jpg (18325 bytes)Albert Einstein dies at age 76.

The Brooklyn Dodgers record their only World Series victory, beating the Yankees in game 7.

The Cleveland Browns beat the LA Rams 38-14 in the NFL championship game.

Syracuse beats Fort Wayne, 4 games to 3, for NBA championship.

Tony Trabert wins at Wimbledon.

Bill Shoemaker, aboard Swaps, beats Eddie Arcaro on Nashua in Kentucky Derby.

Eddie Arcaro ties the record of 6 Belmont Stakes wins.

Sugar Ray Robinson wins the world boxing championship by defeating Carl "Bobo" Olson.

Jack Fleck wins the US Open golf tournament.  Cary Middlecoff's 279 wins the Masters.

Howard Cassady, Ohio State, wins the Heisman Trophy.  Earl Morrall, later the hero of the Dolphins 1972 perfect season, comes in 4th in the voting.

A Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators.

William Cox buys Yankee Stadium.

Bob Sweikert wins the Indianapolis 500.

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Best Picture:
Marty

Best Actor:
Ernest Borgnine
Marty

Best Actress:
Anna Magnani
The Rose Tattoo

Best Song:
Sammy Fain,
Paul Francis Webster
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing


Ford car:  $1606-$2944
Milk, gal:  $.92
Gas, gal.:  $.23
Bread, 1-lb. loaf: $.18
Postage stamp:  $.03
Sirloin chops, lb:  $.69
Pot Roast, lb:  $.43 lb.
Eggs, doz.:  $.61
Coffee, lb.:  $.93
Potatoes, 10 lb. bag:  $.53
Starkist tuna, 6 ½ oz. can:  $.25
Oreo cookies, 11¾ .oz pkg:  $.39
Potato salad, pint:  $.29
Cracker Jack, 24 pack:  $1.49
Apple cider, ½ gal.:  $.49
Gum drops, 1½ lb. pkg:  $.29
Ivory soap, 2 bars:  $.29
Mickey Mouse lunchbox:  $.88
Slinky:  $.88
Nylons, pair:  $1.00
Home permanent:  $1.50
Baseball glove: $9.95

 
Last updated: August 03, 2011.
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