The Year was 1950.

President Harry Truman (D) 1945-1953

The Baby Boomer years were well underway and things were changing dramatically. The world was afraid of many things.  China was invading Tibet, and Apartheid was created. McCarthy began his unchallenged persecution of those he perceived to be communist.

The United States was leading the world in the Korean war.

On the up side, inflation was at an all time low at just 1.8 percent.

A new home would cost you about 8 thousand dollars and if you were renting a place the cost was about 85 dollars a month for 2 bedrooms.

The great depression was now only a faint memory and consumerism was taking hold in a bit way. 12 inch black and white televisions were part of nearly every home in America.

The first Peanuts comic strip was published and in Denmark, The Tollund Man, a mummified body from the 4th Century, is found.

The President

The President was Harry Truman.

1950s Fashion carried well into the 60s

The US population was about 162,000,000 and our life expectancy  was about 67.5 years.

Crime The murder rate was just 2 murders per 100,000 people and crime was much lower.

The Median Household Income was about 3300 dollars for the average laborer.

The 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 89 cents and a loaf of bread was approximately 18 cents.

The Minimum Wage was $0.75 per hour. That is equivalent to $7.81 in 2018.

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

Travel–A gallon of gas cost about 18 cents.

1950 Ford Woody Deluxe – Photo: Mecum

Transportation- The top selling car in the United States was the Ford and it cost about 1500 dollar for a brand new model.

People were wearing bandit blouses, berets and boxy wool coats.

The Top News for the Year

In the top news The great Brinks robbery took place in January, two Long Island commuter trains collided in the Richmond Hills section of Queens killing 79 people and blizzards hit the eastern US leaving more than one million people with no power for over a week.

1950 Music, Television and Movies

The Top 5 Songs of 1950

1. Goodnight Irene – Gordon Jenkins/The Weavers (Decca)

2. Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole (Capitol)

3. Third Man Theme – Anton Karas (London)

4. Sam’s Song – Gary and Bing Crosby (Decca)

5. Simple Melody – Gary and Bing Crosby (Decca)

1950 Television Shows

We were watching Ed Sullivan, The Lone Ranger and You Bet Your Life for our favorite shows.

Ed Sullivan biography and show clips with Carol Burnette

The Lone Ranger – Rifles and Renegades

You Bet Your Life – Groucho Marx vs Spunky Old Lady

1950 Movies

The most popular movie of the year was Cinderella but Samson and Delilah was a close second.

Cinderella, 1950

Samson and Delilah