The Year was 1954.
Polio was being eradicated with mass vaccinations being approved and undertaken. Elvis “The Pelvis” began a music career and was nearly an instant hit. The Communist Control act begins in the United states, outlawing the communist party in the US.
Mercedes begins selling the 300 SL with gull wing doors and Senator McCarthy is censured by Congress, bringing the era of McCarthyism to a grateful close..
A new home would cost you about 10,250 dollars and if you were renting a place the cost was about 85 dollars a month for 2 bedrooms.
A ticket to the movies cost about 75 cents and you could buy a magazine for a quarter.
The Dow Jones recovered back to pre Wall Street Crash highs of 381.17
The President was Dwight D. Eisenhower and our Vice President was Richard Nixon.
The US population was about 164,000,000 and our life expectancy in 1954 was about 68.5 years.
The murder rate was just 3 murders per 100,000
The Median Household Income was about 4400 dollars for the average laborer and the minimum hourly rate was a little under 1 dollar per hour.
The 1954 Minimum Wage was $0.75 per hour, the equivalent of $7.00 per hour in 2018 dollars.
Groceries were a little less expensive then. Bacon was 48 cents a pound and eggs cost a 22 cents for a dozen. A gallon of milk cost a little under one dollar and a loaf of bread was approximately 17 cents.
Sending a letter across the country would cost you $.02 in postage.
A gallon of gas cost about 22 cents. Consumerism was on the rise and 7 out of 10 families now owned their own car.
The top selling car was the Chevy and the cost of a brand new car was about $1,700 dollars.
In the top news for 1954, In Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka the Supreme Court unanimously bans racial segregation in public schools (May 17).
People were wearing blazer jackets, ($8.98)buckle tab blouses ($2.98), skinny skirts and clutch style jackets.
Products Introduced in 1954
- Chiffon margarine
- Jotter pens by Parker
- Kodak Stereo Camera
- Transistor Radios
- Trix Cereal
- Wigomat – First electric drip coffee maker
1954 Music, Television and Movies
MUSIC – The Top 5 Songs of 1954
1. Little Things Mean A Lot – Kitty Kallen (Decca)
2. Wanted – Perry Como (RCA Victor)
3. Hey, There – Rosemary Clooney (Columbia)
4. Sh-Boom – The Crew Cuts (Mercury)
5. Make Love To Me – Jo Stafford (Columbia)
We were watching Gunsmoke, and a brand new show called the 64,000 Dollar Question.
The World Series was broadcast in color for the first time.
Gunsmoke, Establishing the Marshall Dillon Character – James Arness
The $64,000 Question
The most popular movie of the year was Sabrina, starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, and Walter Hampdon. Directed by Billy Wilder