Interesting Facts about the 1950's



  • The 1950s was an exciting time to live. Crime was low, children could freely play outside, Elvis was rocking and rolling and kids were going "steady." Here are just a few fun facts about the golden age of the 1950s.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes president in 1953. 
  • Gas cost only 20 cents gallon. 
  • The color television set was introduced. 
  • Smokey the Bear becomes a household name. 
  • In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that it is unconstitutional to have racial segregation in public schools. 
  • Disneyland opens up in California in 1955. 
  • Otis Elevator installs the first self-service elevator in Dallas. 
  • Silly Putty was introduced to the world. 
  • Alaska & Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states to join the United States of America in 1959. 
  • Pogo sticks and hula-hoops were popular toys in the 50's. 
  • In 1955, on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a brave woman by the name of Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat. 
  • In 1950, "Peanuts" and the Charlie Brown character is born. 
  • Dr. Jonas Salk develops a vaccine for polio in 1955. 
  • The first modern credit card was introduced. 
  • The 1950s were credited with doing the first organ transplant.



Fun Facts 

In 1950 ....

  • A House cost: $14,500
  • Average income: $3,216
  • Ford car: $1339-$2262
  • Admiral "home entertainment" TV system: $549.50
  • 12" records: $4.85
  • 10" records: $2.85
  • Milk: .82 cents
  • Gas: .20 cents
  • Bread .14 cents
  • Postage stamp: .03 cents
  • Sirloin steak: $.77 lb 

In 1951 

3,823,000 babies were born, and life expectancy was 68.4 years.  

For the month of October we have the following birthdays:
  • 10/02      Sting
  • 10/03      Dave Winfield
  • 10/05      Karen Allen
  • 10/07      John "Cougar" Mellencamp
  • 10/08      Johnny Ramone
  • 10/13      John Ford Coley
  • 10/18      Pam Dawber
  • 10/18      Terry McMillan
  • 10/20      Alan Greenwood
  • 10/23      Michael Rupert
  • 10/30      Harry Hamlin

In 1951 ....

  • A House: $16,000
  • Average income: $3,515
  • Ford car: $1424-$2253
  • Milk: .92 cents
  • Gas: .20 cents
  • Bread .16 cents
  • Postage stamp: .03 cents
  • 14 oz. can of Hershey’s Syrup: .17 cents
  • Sliced Bacon: .63 cents per lb 
  • Coca Cola, 6 bottles: .37 cents
  • The ventriloquist dummy for Jerry Mahoney : $14.95

1950's & 60's TV Commercials


How to Date 1950s (Instructional Video)


1950s Housewife in LSD Experiment


Fashion in the 1950's


Dean Martin - That's Amore (1953)



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