The Year was 1951

President Harry Truman (D) 1945-1953

New Jersey had a turnpike. We were ratifying the 22nd amendment to the constitution, and the first color television was broadcasting from our Empire State Building.

Inflation was at a whopping 7.8 percent in the United States but it was falling.

United States — President – Harry S Truman

The US population was about 154,900,000 and our life expectancy  in 1951 was about 67.5 years.

The murder rate was just 4 murders per 100,000  and violent crime was lower than in years preceding it.

The Median Household Income was about 3200 dollars for the average laborer without a college education and college educated people were only about 19 percent of the country.

1951 Ford Victoria 2-door coupe had a base price of $2,059

The Minimum Wage in 1951 was $0.75 per hour, equivalent to $7.24 in 2018.

Grocery prices – Bacon was 19 cents a pound and eggs 17 for a dozen. A gallon of milk cost about $.91 cents and a loaf of bread was approximately 18 cents.

Sending a letter across the country would cost you  $.02 in postage.

A gallon of gas cost about 19 cents.

The top selling car was the Ford Victoria and its base price was $2,059, roughly 7 months pay for the average worker.

1951 product introductions included

  • Clorets Gum
  • Pizza Rolls
  • Ford Country Squire
  • Colorforms

Colorforms with one of its creators, Patricia Kislevitz

Beauty salons were more than a place to get your hair styled in 1951. It was also a place for social gathering.

In Top news in 1951

King Abdullah of Jordan assassinated on July 20th in Jerusalem.

The Midwestern US sustains a great flood. Hundreds are killed and millions of dollars of damage occur. The first birth control pill and the Univac commercial computer are invented.


1961 Music, Television and Movies

Music – The Top 5 Songs of 1961

1. Too Young – Nat King Cole (Capitol)

2. Because Of You – Tony Bennett (Columbia)

3. How High The Moon – Les Paul/Mary Ford (Capitol)

4. Come On-A My House – Rosemary Clooney (Columbia)

5. Be My Love – Mario Lanza (RCA Victor)

1951 TV Shows

The Milton Berle Show – Texaco Star Theater with Danny Thomas

Dragnet – Season 1, Episode 1 with Jack Web as Sgt. Joe Friday and Raymond Burr as Chief of Detectives, 1951

See more about Dragnet here.

I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley
Opening Theme:


Lucy and the Chocolate Factory

Top Movies of 1951

African Queen – Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and Robert Morley

The making of the African Queen

A Streetcar Named Desire with Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden

Streetcar Named Desire – “You must be Stanley”

Streetcar Named Desire – “Stella”

A Place in the Sun with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Shelly Winters

A Place in the Sun – Final Scene