The Year was 1953.

President Dwight D Eisenhower (R) 1953-1961

The Korean war ended and thousands of men and women came home. The north sea flooded the Netherlands and many lives were lost. The United states took delivery of the first color televisions and the first Corvette went on sale. In other firsts, the first James Bond Book went on sale.

On the up side, inflation in the US was at 0.82 percent.

A new home would cost you about $9550 and if you were renting a place the cost was about 89 dollars a month for 2 bedrooms.

New York adopted a new and controversial 3 colored traffic light and the rest of the country watched to see how well it worked.

 

Politics – The President –a new president—Dwight David Eisenhower was inaugurated..

Population – The US population was about 166,000,000 and our life expectancy  was about 68.5 years.

Crime – The murder rate was just 4 murders per 100,000.

Money – The Median Household Income was about 4,000 dollars for the average laborer.

The Minimum Wage in 1953 was $0.75 per hour, the equivalent of $7.05 per hour in 2018.

Cost of Living – Groceries were  much lower in price and usually much fresher. Bacon was 44 cents a pound and eggs cost  19 cents for a dozen. A gallon of milk cost about 99 cents and a loaf of bread was approximately 18 cents.  A pound of burger was  51 cents.

Postage – Sending a letter across the country would cost you  $.03 in postage.

Travel – A gallon of gas cost about 20 cents.

Transportation – The top selling car in the United States was the Chevy (for nearly 20 years)  and it cost about 1800 dollar for a brand new model.

Joseph Stalin died, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay performed the first successful ascent to the summit of Mount Everest.

James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announce discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA. F5 Tornado strikes Waco in Texas on  May 11th  leaving 114 dead and 597 injured, The Tornado was one of the many storm disasters that showed us the need  for the development of a nationwide severe weather warning system

Dinah Shore for the 1953 Chevrolet

Fashion – People were wearing peg top dresses, Julliard Slub Suits and Taffeta.

New products in 1953

  • Banquet Foods
  • Cheez Whiz
  • Washer-Dryer combination
  • Eggo
  • Honey Smacks Cereal
  • Matchbox Toys
  • Peeps
  • Tater Tots
  • WD-40

1950 Music, Television and Movies

Music – The Top 5 Songs of 1953

1. Song From Moulin Rouge – Percy Faith (Columbia)

2. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You) – Les Paul/Mary Ford (Capitol)

3. Doggie In The Window – Patti Page (Mercury)

4. I’m Walking Behind You – Eddie Fisher (RCA Victor)

5. You, You, You – The Ames Brothers (RCA Victor)

Television

We were watching What’s My Line,  Ozzie and Harriet and, This is Your Life were our favorite shows.

What’s My Line with Eleanor Roosevelt – 1953

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet – Night School 1953

The most popular movie of 1953 was Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe and Charles Coburn

The other big movie hit in 1953 was From Here to Eternity, with Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, and Montgomery Clift