Harry S. Truman was President until 1952 and Dwight D. Eisenhower served as President from 1953 until 1961. Alaska and Hawaii became the forty-ninth and fiftieth states. America was booming!
American style on the fifties was blue jeans, poodle skirts, pony tails, flat tops, saddle shoes and sweater sets.
Rock and roll music was shaking the country. Teens and adults alike tuned-in to Dick Clark's American Bandstand and a new, controversial young man was making girls swoon with his crazy dance moves. Oh, Elvis.
Famous stars of the fifties included Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Robert Wagner and teen idols like: Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Ricky Nelson ( for you mom!), Paul Anka, Troy Donahue and Elvis. The ladies with their cinched waists were Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor, Connie Francis, Sandra Dee and Annette Funicello.
$100 in 1950 is the equivalent of $835.41 today.
Average new house in 1950 - $8450 and in 1959 - $12,400
Average income in 1950 - $3210 and in 1950 - $5010
Average new car in 1950 - $1510 and in 1959 - $2200
Gallon of gas in 1950 - $.18 and in 1959 - $.25
This is my dad with Santa circa 1956
1955 - Play Doh and Pez candy dispensers debuted
1958 - skateboards
1959 - Barbie
This is my mom with her new Radio Flyer circa 1952.
Love the tree and of course, their pride and joy, the television!
My mom again, a few years later and her new doll!
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