PeeWees 1955 to 1959
What was life like back in the 50's?
What was life like back in
PeeWees 1955 to 1959 GMC trucks
What did stuff cost? What new things were
inventented? Lets travel back in time to 1955. Wow what a year
Well that about wraps it up. Snap out of it people, it's time to get back to the present!
Let me know if you want me to add anything please.
Betty Hutton &
Alan Livinston, Eddie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds,
Clark Gable &
Kay Williams Spreckels.
Gregory Peck divorced Gretta
Gregory Peck divorced Gretta Konen Peck.
Bela Lugosi ("Dracula")
goes into a Hospital
for treatment of his 20 year drug addiction.
to an article, Prince Charles,
heir to the British Throne, is a Devilish
6 year old.
Albert Einstein the world's greatest Genius,
dies at 76.
He invented the formula E=MC2
Walt Disney opens Disneyland and
1 million visitors in only 7 weeks.
The famous "Don't Walk"
first put up in New York City.
(if you can't walk, can you run across the street?)
Ann Landers starts
column at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Outdoor Movie Theater
hosts the 1st Drive-in Church Service.
Commercial TV begins broadcasting in Britain.
"On the Waterfront" was
the first movie where an actor says
"go to Hell!" (now ALL the movies
tell you to Go To Hell!)
The Black Leather "Motorcycle" look
a national craze among teenagers.
Marlon Brando trades
in his Motorcycle duds
for a slick, dapper wardrobe in the movie
& Dolls" and sings and dances
(The Godfather singing and dancing?
Over 15,000 people purchase advance tickets for
first "Rock 'n' Roll Party" in New York City.
Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock"
hits #1 on the charts.
Berry's "Maybellene" hits #1 on Billboard
and stays for 14weeks!
demonstrates a music synthesizer.
A few 50's Inventions
"Special K" cereal from Kellogg,
"Tony the Tiger" in Sugar Frosted
Instant Oatmeal invented by the Quaker Oats Company.
first experiment to Paint shoulder lines on
Highways in Westchester,
New York began.
The Institute of Boiler & Radiator Manufacturers
announced that American homes,
in the near Future
will be heated and cooled
by small atomic reactors, the new system
would also provide unlimited Hot water and melt
Snow from Sidewalks
(Gee, I want one of those! This is the future,
where are they?)
The US Post Office chained 20,000 ballpoint
pens to desks to
see how they hold up and how many are stolen.
(only two were stolen in 1955 but in 1999 over 100,000 were stolen)
are some new words that were invented during 1955:
ICBM - Intercontinental
ROCK & ROLL - We all know what that IS!
KEY - A can or Bottle opener used for Beer
JUNK MAIL - Advertisements
addressed to "occupant" or "boxholder"
SECOND BANANA - A supporting
comic actor or actress
UFO - Unidentified Flying Object
There were 33.5 million TV sets in America.
Walt Disney launches a national
"Davy Crockett" craze with his new
and the Davy Crockett fad sweeps the U.S.!
All of the boys
wanted a "coonskin".
There were 1,531,000 Marriages, 4,097,000
and about 370,000 Divorces.
The Minimum wage increased
to $1.00 an hour.
The average worker earned $1.90 an hour.
got a 15¢ pay raise after a 12 hour strike.
Pepsi-Cola for the first
time knocked Coca-Cola out of first place.
Japan starts selling products
to the USA.
Oscar Mayer whose lunchon meats became
favorite, died at 96.
Plastic flower pots rapidly replace clay pots
Johnson & Johnson invents the worlds first "Baby
that won't burn or irritate the baby's eyes.
Dr. Jonas Salk
discovers an anti-polio vaccine.
400,000 School children given the
Heart Surgery performed on all 4 valves.
Scabies fades out
as a disease.
New wonder drug, Chlorpromazine, is found to stop Hiccups.
Pregnancy test claims results in two hours.
(do they mean you'll get
pregnant in two hours?)
The "Video Telephone" of tomorrow
unveiled at the Western Electronics
Convention in San Francisco,
cost is $5,000 per phone.
Bell Telephone develops transistorized
there by reducing the size of a large capacity computer
from room size to three cubic feet.
Two British doctors report
that body temperature
can be quickly changed by placing a balloon
the stomach and then filling it with Hot or Cold water.
Fleming who discovered Penicillin dies at 73.
Hubert C. Booth inventor
of the first
Vacuum cleaner in 1901, dies at 83.
ticket vending machine
is set up in Manhattan's Grand Central Station.
(it was probably stolen the next day)
The Vibrating toothbrush is invented.
So was the Singing Teakettle with electric plug.
K" cereal from Kellogg,
"Tony the Tiger" in Sugar Frosted Flakes ads.
changes it's bottle size from 6 ounces to 10 ounces and
introduces 12 and 26 ounce King size and Family size bottles.
Mills announces that Betty Crocker is getting a face lift to make
her look more like a sincere housewife. Marketing surveys revealed
Betty looked too much like a career girl.
Pocket size battery operated
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE
THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
CATCH A THIEF
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET
Average Family income was $4,421 (more than I make now!)
Men earning $3,400 and Woman $1,100.
Sounds like a little but look
at what you could buy with that money:
Bacon was 66¢ a lb. Bread was
only 18¢ a lb. can you believe?
A Chuck Roast was 50¢ a lb. and Coffee
was 93¢ per lb.
Eggs were 61¢ a doz. and flour was 54¢ a lb.
was 29¢ a lb. Milk was 46¢ for a 1/2 gal.
and Oranges were 53¢ a doz.
Pork Chops were 79¢ a lb.
and a 10 lb. bag of Potatoes was only 56¢
was 52¢ for a 5 lb. bag and Tomatoes were only 15¢ a can.
Bra $3.95, Girdle $4.95, Nylons $1.00
Baby Food (4 jars) 87¢, Bath
Towel 95¢, Baseball Glove $9.95,
Camera Film 43¢, Cat Food (3
8-oz. cans) 39¢,
Chocolate Cherries (13 oz. box) 55¢, Flashlight Battery
Home Permanent $1.50, Lipstick 49¢,
Electric Washing Machine $69.95
House of Representatives votes itself a
50% pay hike (some things
Premier Ngo Dinh Diem declares South Vietnam a
and becomes it's first President.
The First missile with an Atomic
Warhead is tested.
The U.S.S.R Explodes it's most powerful Nuclear
Con Ed announces it's plan to build first
privately owned Nuclear
(no wonder the kids today walk around in a daze!)
The world's 1st
Atomic powered submarine "Nautilus" is launched.
The two big unions
AF of L and the CIO merge to
form world's largest union: AFL-CIO
it was run by the Mafia before the politicians
took it over and stole
even more money!)
The B-52 is America's newest and biggest Jet bomber.
It is the most powerful on Earth.
Plans are announced to launch the
by 1957 or 1958 but Russia beat us to it!
"Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Tribhubana Bir Bikram Jung
Bahadur Shum Shere
Jung Deva" dies in Zurich at the age of 49
Gina Lollobrigida hailed
as reigning Queen of the Italian film industry.
First color broadcast of the World Series is televised
(but nobody saw it in color cause everyone had B&W TV's!)
network animated series "Mighty Mouse Playhouse" on CBS.
"Crusader Rabbit" was the first TV cartoon)
CBS introduces the Johnny
Gunsmoke, the popular Radio series, comes to Television.
Du Mont TV Network shuts down due to financial losses
wouldn't sponsor The Wanderers Web Site)
ABC introduces Bob Keeshan
(formerly Clarabell the Clown) as
"Captain Kangaroo". (Captain Kangaroo?
What a dumb name!)
Some Top TV Programs of the Year
I LOVE LUCY
TOAST OF THE TOWN (Ed Sullivan)
COLGATE COMEDY HOUR
MILTON BERLE SHOW
YOU BET YOUR LIFE
The "Mickey Mouse Club" made it's TV debut.
of the Mouseketeer hat hit 26,000 weekly!
(can you picture everybody
walking around looking like giant rats?)
Other Favorite TV Shows were:
Phil Silvers Show
Rin Tin Tin
Truth or Consequences
Groucho Marx Show
The Jack Benny Show
Video" Cancelled. Wearers of the Captain Video decoderring were dismayed
their favorite interplanetary show was given the axe after a 7 year