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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sentimental Sunday - 1950's

Sentimental Sunday is a blogging prompt from Geneabloggers.com. This is my contribution.


I wasn't born until 1959 so I have no memories of the '50's but my parents lived it. I know that each of us, who are old enough, will have some things from the 1950's that we knew in our lives. For instance, re-runs of 1950's television shows; seeing vintage movies from the 50's; items and furniture around the house that were inherited from the 50s; items you see in antique malls; maybe the home you live in now was built in the 1950's. It was the same for our parents and grandparents. For instance, my parents would know things about the 1920's. They weren't alive then, but their parents were and there would have been things said, stories told, items in the home, houses built from the 1920's. In this post, I am focusing on things from the 1950's only. Not items you remember in your life in 1953. Because that item may actually have been created or purchased in 1949. If your Dad purchased a 1947 Ford in 1952, that is NOT something from the 1950's. For you it was in the 1950's but it was actually built in 1947. I hope you understand what I'm trying to say.

The 1950's were a time of great prosperity for the United States. The Great Depression and World War II were over in 1945. The men came home, they had survived. They had jobs. The baby boom started. Americans had lived the awful, depressing Great Depression (from 1929 to 1941). They had done without for so long. Then they entered the greatest war of all time, in all of history! Death and destruction had been a stalking spectre for 5 years. But America had survived and had not had to fight on our own shores so our infrastructure was still complete (unlike European and Asian countries who had to deal with burnt out shells). So by 1950, Americans at home, were enjoying the new prosperity. Money was being made and spent.

Each decade has it's own idea of what is "modern". From our view, from 2013, the 1950's are so NOT modern. But, for those who were actually living the 1950's, they thought they were innovative and modern. Many may have thought science and technology couldn't possibly go any further. Computers, cell phones, mp3 players couldn't even be imagined. They thought they had arrived at the apex of technology! Or would soon be at that apex! Today we call the decade of 1950 mid-century modern.




Mill villages were neighborhoods built by cotton mills. But they were just the basics. Sometimes only 4 room homes and they didn't originally have indoor plumbing and water. That was added later. But they were usually better than the shacks and log cabins workers had come from.



After WWII, GI housing began popping up. They were better than the old mill villages because they had indoor plumbing but they were still rather small and utilitarian. After the War and the soldiers started coming back home, immediate housing for these guys had to be found. At first, trailers were the first wave of housing, followed by the G.I. houses. The trailers were cramped but better than the soldiers had during the War, sleeping on the ground, under trucks or in tents! Depending on where the post-war housing was, it could be asphalt shingle siding or brick, one-story or two-story, wide eaves or no eaves. (By the way, G.I. as in G.I. Joe meant Government Issue, General Issue or General Infantry.)

By the 1950's neighborhoods were sprouting up as families (from the baby boom) grew and needed more room. The 1950's homes were small compared to houses we want today but were much roomier and modern for their times.


Marketers began using all kinds of ideas and inventions to gain their market share. Science had won the War (with the hydrogen bomb). Science, and science fiction, became popular and it led to technology leaps never dreamed of. Just looking at magazine ads will show you the influence of science, technology and space. Everything from science fiction TV shows, movies, books, comic books, etc played on the imagination. Space, the science and technology to get there, was all the rage and influenced everything. Notice the "inventions" and the influence of space, science and technology in the home. Color was played with to see what attracted the consumer. Also notice new building materials. Instead of wood floors, full linoleum and wall to wall carpets. Instead of small windows, large sheets of glass, because it was now do-able. Formica countertops, colored bathroom fixtures, ceramic tiles in colors were now affordable for the everyday man. The houses seemed to have extremes in either no eaves or deep and extra deep eaves. Those are very interesting details.







































Interiors





It seems the 1950's was much more colorful than previous generations. Painted houses, inside and out! And it could be in color. It didn't have to be plain white any more. Blues, pink and odd shades of green seemed to be some of the most popular colors and it showed up in ceramic tile, bathroom fixtures, appliances, linoleum, furniture, accessories, draperies. For many, it was a time for enjoying everything matching. Towels, dishes, bed linens, curtains, furniture could all match and look good. No more mismatched furniture, feed sack curtains, chipped mismatched china, etc. Those who had money (and many more did in these prosperous years) used their disposable income to have things they never thought they would be able to have.



This reminds me of the bedroom in my Aunt Ruth's house. they had the closets with the vanity in the middle like this.



Notice the boudoir lamp with the ruffled shade? The ruffled shades were popular for bedroom lamps.



With the photos of kitchens, be sure to pay attention to all the "inventions", the "innovations", trying so hard to be different. Somethings, like the automatic dishwasher, stuck around. Others went the way of the dodo bird.



Notice the dishwasher beside the kitchen sink and the space inspired light over the table?







Matching bedroom lamps like these were popular.





















A majority of the population smoked cigarettes. And people were allowed to smoke anywhere. So every household, even for those who didn't smoke, had ashtrays. Notice the amoeba shaped ashtrays? It's the influence of science.



This kitchen looks more like a 1940's kitchen. But notice the stove with cover which gave the cook extra countertop space, a niche for the salt and pepper shakers and the attached tall light.









The Danish modern was popular. Mom had some end tables and a coffee table made in this style. I might add, they are still being used and in good condition. They don't make furniture now like they used too!

















These space ship lights are cool.





The teal wall mounted commode was a novelty.



Notice the builtin television, radio, intercom and turntable on the book wall? I once went to look at a house that was for sale. It was built in the 1950s. And it still had the old TV built into the brick wall where the fireplace was, along with a builtin indoor grill! And they had the original old intercom too. It was a time capsule!
Those rounded drawers would have been a pistol to make.















Fiberglass lampshades came in many shapes and colors but almost all were space inspired. Did you know that you can still purchase new shades that replace old ones? Heck, you can still find vintage shades. They LASTED! Can you imagine the lampshades that you buy at Lowes lasting 63 years? No!





Notice how everything was builtin to the stainless steel countertop and backsplash. See the clock, the dishwasher knobs, napkin holder?







Builtin and modular furniture was considered very chic!









Barkcloth is a soft, thick, slightly textured fabric, so named because it has a rough surface like that of tree bark. This barkcloth is usually made of densely woven cotton fibers. Historically, the fabric has been used in home furnishings, such as curtains, drapery, upholstery, and slipcovers. It is often associated with 1940s-through-1960s home fashions, particularly in tropical, abstract, "atomic" and "boomerang" prints. These windows have barkcloth drapes.











Modular metal kitchen cabinet sets were popular. Having the washer/dryer in the kitchen was the norm too. That was the fashion even into the 1960's. Our house (built in 1967) had the washer/dryer in the kitchen. Notice the attached bread box hanging down from the upper cabinet? These modular cabinets would have been akin to the cabinets you pick up a Lowes or Home Depot today. Probably inexpensive and quick to install.


















An appliance cabinet





Notice the sliding wavy glass upper cabinet doors?



Having such a feminine, beautiful bedroom like this one would have made me feel like I had died and gone to Heaven.







At the bottom of this picture you see a strange machine. But it was for ironing. Yep, like the ones they have at dry cleaners. I remember seeing one of these in a home.



More modular metal kitchen cabinets with formica countertops banded with aluminum.



This was a fancy bathroom. Notice every detail. Even matching venetian blinds (another fashion during the 1950's). Under the sink mirror you will notice a chrome square. We had these in one of the houses we owned. It had a flat surface like this but you push on one side and it swung open with a soapdish and cup holder or toothbrush on the other side. It rotated. Pretty neat.







Look at the dining room niche and see the pass thru with a sliding lift door!









See the bamboo curtain that can be pulled in order to hide the kitchen.



More modular metal cabinets.





In this kitchen, look at the automatic dishwasher beside the kitchen sink (not the laundry area sink). It has a lid, it's round, and it seems the dishes are put in from the top! Also, in the laundry area, where the second chair is, is another one of those big irons.






This pink, blue and white bathroom has an unusual feature. Notice the 2nd sink? And it's so small!?! If it was just for children, surely it would be closer to the floor.













The bathrooms were considered "necessary rooms" and weren't usually very big. In fact, having indoor plumbing with an indoor bathroom was relatively still new so having a bathroom at all was NICE! I'm sure they thought, "why waste living square footage on a bathroom?" But they slowly became bigger and better. Now, people want bathrooms the size of living rooms! In the 1950s, people started getting big ideas! If you had money, you could get a bathroom with 2 SINKS!!! Or, how about 2 bathrooms in the same house!!! Wow!!





I've seen these type of cabinets too. The sliding doors were another option in kitchen cabinets in the 1950's.





























I remember seeing little girl vanity sets like this in the 1960's and I wanted one so bad!
















Here are some family pictures in the 1950's. This first one was made in 1959 of my Dad's family gathering for Christmas. That's my Dad with the pipe. My Mom is sitting on the couch holding me. You can only see our legs.



Grandmother reading her Bible in the kitchen. Notice the washing machine behind her in the kitchen?



My Mom and her sister, Judy, at Mom's high school graduation. See Aunt Judy's saddle oxfords?




Mom took this picture of her siblings and cousins at Christmas in the 1950's.



Aunt Judy (in the striped dress) with her friend. They have the wide, full skirts with the ruffled petticoats.







Here is some of the major history that framed the 1950s. Everyone in America would have been aware of these events and it would have affected their lives.

Korean War
The Korean War was a conflict between Communist (North Korea) and non-Communist forces (South Korea) in Korea from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided along the 38th parallel into Soviet (North Korean) and U.S. (South Korean) zones of occupation. In 1948 rival governments were established: The Republic of Korea was proclaimed in the South and the People's Democratic Republic of Korea in the North.

Relations between them became increasingly strained, and on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces invaded South Korea with the help of Communist China. On June 27, President Truman authorized the use of American land, sea, and air forces in Korea. A week later, the UN placed the forces of 15 other member nations under U.S. command, and Truman appointed Gen. Douglas MacArthur as supreme commander.

In the first weeks of the conflict the North Korean forces met little resistance and advanced rapidly. By Sept. 10 they had driven the South Korean army and a small American force to Pusan at the southeast tip of Korea. But a counteroffensive began on Sept. 15, when UN forces made a daring landing at Inchon on the west coast. North Korean forces fell back and MacArthur received orders to pursue them into North Korea.

On Oct. 19, the North Korean capital of Pyongyang was captured. By Nov. 24, North Korean forces were driven by the 8th Army, under Gen. Walton Walker, and the X Corp, under Gen. Edward Almond, almost to the Yalu River. The Yalu River was the border of Communist China. As MacArthur prepared for a final offensive, the Chinese Communists joined with the North Koreans to launch a successful counterattack on Nov. 26. When The People's Republic of China entered the conflict on Nov. 27, the People's Volunteer Army 9th Army infiltrated the northeastern part of North Korea and surprised the U.S. X Corps at the Chosin Reservoir area in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. A brutal 17 day battle in freezing weather soon followed. The men in this battle were referred to as the Frozen Chosin. In the period between 27 November and 13 December 1950, 30,000 UN troops under the command of Major General Edward Almond were encircled by approximately 67,000 Chinese troops under the command of Song Shi-Lun. Although Chinese troops managed to surround and outnumber the UN forces, the UN forces broke out of the encirclement while inflicting crippling losses on the Chinese. The UN troops were forced back, and in Jan., 1951, the Communists again advanced into the South, recapturing Seoul, the South Korean capital.

After months of heavy fighting, the center of the conflict was returned to the 38th parallel, where it remained for the rest of the war. MacArthur, however, wished to mount another invasion of North Korea. He reasoned that China still didn't have the hydrogen bomb but would sometime soon and with other communist countries drained by WWII, it was a unique time in history to invade China in a position of strength and maybe win. On the other hand, President Truman thought America and their allies were also drained from WWII and Americans may not be willing to take the lead in a possible WWIII. As President and Commander in Chief, Truman won the argument. We will never know if MacArthur was right. When MacArthur persisted in publicly criticizing U.S. policy, Truman, on the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff removed him from command on Apr. 10, 1951 and installed Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway as commander in chief. Ridgway began truce negotiations on July 10, 1951 with the North Koreans and Chinese, while small unit actions, bitter but indecisive, continued. Gen. Van Fleet was denied permission by Truman to go on the offensive and end the "meat grinder" war.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower won the Presidential election with the pledge to end the war. Negotiations broke down four different times, but after much difficulty and nuclear threats by Eisenhower, an armistice agreement was signed on July 27, 1953. And we still have communist North Korea and democratic South Korea today. They are divided along the 38th parallel. American troops are still along the border called "No Man's Land." Casualties in the war were heavy. U.S. losses were placed at over 54,000 dead and 103,000 wounded, while Chinese and Korean casualties were each at least 10 times as high. Korean forces on both sides executed many alleged civilian enemy sympathizers, especially in the early months of the war.

McCarthyism
Joseph McCarthy was a Wisconsin Senator who served for three years as a circuit judge (1940–42) before enlisting in the Marines in World War II. In 1946 he won the Republican nomination for the Senate. McCarthy was a quiet and undistinguished senator until February 1950, when he publicly charged that 205 Communists had infiltrated the State Department. This created a furor and catapulted him into headlines. Upon subsequently testifying before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, he proved unable to produce the name of a single “card-carrying Communist” in any government department. Nevertheless, he gained popular support for his campaign of accusations based on the fears and frustrations of a nation weary of the Korean War and appalled by Communist advances in eastern Europe and China. McCarthy proceeded to instigate a nationwide, militant anti-Communist “crusade.” To supporters, he was a patriot and guardian of genuine Americanism. To his detractors he was an irresponsible, self-seeking witch-hunter undermining the nation’s traditions of civil liberties.

McCarthy was reelected in 1952 and obtained the chairmanship of the Committee on Government Operations of the Senate and of its permanent subcommittee on investigations. For the next two years he was investigating various government departments and questioning innumerable witnesses about suspected Communist affiliations. Although he failed to make a plausible case against anyone, his colourful and cleverly presented accusations drove some persons out of their jobs. The persecution of innocent people of being Communists and the forced conformity that this practice engendered in American public life came to be known as McCarthyism. Meanwhile, other government agencies actually did identify and prosecute cases of Communist infiltration.

McCarthy’s increasingly irresponsible attacks came to include President Dwight D. Eisenhower and other Republican and Democratic leaders. His influence waned in 1954 as a result of the nationally televised, 36-day hearing on his charges of subversion by U.S. Army officers and civilian officials. This exposed his brutal interrogation tactics which discredited him and helped to turn the tide of public opinion against him.

When the Republicans lost control of the Senate in the midterm elections that November, McCarthy was replaced as chairman of the investigating committee. Soon after, the Senate felt secure enough to formally censure him for conduct “contrary to Senate traditions,” and McCarthy was largely ignored by his colleagues and by the media thereafter. He died in 1957 at the age of 48 yrs old from Hepatitis possible due to alcoholism.




Watching movies in a dark movie theatre transferred to the television when it began to be in every household. It was thought watching TV in a dark room would damage eyesight but, the low luminosity also made the picture better in low light. So the "television lamp" was created. It was made to sit on the top of the television set and provided low light. These TV lamps became very creative. Here are a few.


























Television was the latest gadget that every home had to have. Everyone wanted one. Color TVs were introduced in the United States in 1953 but the high price of new technology made it slow to catch on. And most television shows were filmed in black and white. It wasn't until the 1960's that they began to be affordable and shows began to film in color.










Television Shows (from Wikipedia):

The 20th Century Fox Hour (drama series)
21 Beacon Street (detective series)
26 Men (western series)
The $64,000 Question (game show)
77 Sunset Strip (detective series)
A
The Abbott and Costello Show (sitcom)
ABC World News (news)
Abe Burrows' Almanac (variety show)
Accused (legal court show)
Action in the Afternoon (western series)
Actors Studio (drama shows)
The Ad-Libbers (comedy sketch)
Adventure (documentary series)
Adventure Playhouse (showed 1948 films)
Adventure Theater (English drama shows)
Adventures in Paradise (adventure series)
The Adventures of Champion (children's western series)
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu (drama series)
The Adventures of Ellery Queen (mystery series)
The Adventures of Hiram Holliday (comedy adventure series)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (western series)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (western series)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (family sitcom)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (children's show)
The Adventures of Superboy (children's show)
Adventures of Superman (children's show)
The Adventures of Superpup (children's show)
The Adventures of Tugboat Annie (comedy adventure series)
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (western series)
Air Power (documentary series)
The Al Morgan Show (variety show)
The Alan Dale Show (variety show)
The Alan Young Show (variety show)
The Alaskans (adventure series)
The Alcoa Hour (drama shows)
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (supernatural drama shows)
Alcoa Theatre (drama shows)
The Aldrich Family (teenage sitcom)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (mystery drama show)
The Amazing Mr. Malone (legal drama show)
American Bandstand (teenage dance)
Amos 'n' Andy (children's show)
And Everything Nice (fashion)
The Andy Williams Show (variety show)
Andy's Gang (children's show)
The Ann Sothern Show (sitcom)
Annie Oakley (western series)
Answers for Americans (documentary public affairs)
Appointment with Adventure (adventure drama series)
The Armed Forces Hour (documentary show)
Armstrong Circle Theatre (drama series)
Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (variety show)
Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (variety show)
The Arthur Murray Party (variety show)
As the World Turns (soap opera)
Atom Squad (science fiction)
The Auntie Dee Show (children's talent show)
Author Meets the Critics (talk show)
Award Theatre (showed motion pictures)
B
Bachelor Father (sitcom)
Back That Fact (game show)
Bat Masterson (western series)
Battle of the Ages (game show)
The Bear Bryant Show (sports)
Beat the Clock (game show)
Behind Closed Doors (drama series)
The Bell Telephone Hour (music show)
The Bigelow Theatre (drama show)
Black Saddle (western)
Blind Date (game show)
Blondie (comedy series)
Jack Benny (comedy show)
The Best of Broadway (drama show)
Better Living TV Theater (documentary show)
The Betty Hutton Show (sitcom)
Beulah (sitcom)
Beyond This Place (drama show)
Biff Baker, U.S.A. (crime drama series)
The Big Game (game show)
The Big Payoff (game show)
The Big Picture (documentary show)
The Big Story (crime series)
The Big Story (drama show)
The Big Surprise (quiz show)
Big Top (children's show)
Big Town (drama show)
The Bob Cummings Show (sitcom)
Bold Journey (documentary travelogue)
Bold Venture (adventure series)
Bonanza (western series)
Bonino (sitcom)
Boots and Saddles (western series)
Border Patrol (adventure drama series)
Bourbon Street Beat (detective series)
Bowling Headliners (sports)
Bowling on NBC (sports)
Boxing From Eastern Parkway (sports)
Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena (sports)
Boxing on NBC (sports)
Brains & Brawn (game show)
Brave Eagle (western series)
Break the Bank (quiz show)
The Brighter Day (soap opera)
Broadway Open House (comedy variety show)
Broadway to Hollywood (talk show)
Broken Arrow (western series)
Bronco (western series)
The Brothers (sitcom)
Buck Rogers (children's science fiction series)
Buckskin (sitcom)
Buddy Deane Show (teenage dance show)
Buffalo Bill, Jr. (western series)
Burns and Allen (comedy show)
The Buster Keaton Show (children's show)

C
Caesar's Hour (comedy show)
The Californians (western series)
Camel News Caravan (news)
Cameo Theatre (drama show)
Camera Three (variety show)
The Campbell Playhouse (drama show)
Can You Top This? (comedy show)
Candid Camera (comedy show)
Captain 11's Showboat (children's show)
Captain David Grief (adventure series)
Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion (comedy drama series)
Captain Kangaroo (children's)
Captain Video and His Video Rangers (science fiction show)
The Cases of Eddie Drake (crime drama series)
Casey Jones (children's western series)
Casey, Crime Photographer (crime drama series)
Cavalcade of America (drama show)
Cavalcade of Bands (music show)
CBS Evening News (news)
CBS Television Workshop (news)
Celanese Theater (drama show)
Celebrity Playhouse (drama show)
Celebrity Time (game show)
Charley Weaver's Hobby Lobby (talk show)
Charlie Wild, Private Detective (detective series)
The Chesterfield Supper Club (music show)
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (drama show)
Cheyenne (western series)
Chicagoland Mystery Players (crime show)
China Smith (adventure series)
Choose Up Sides (children's game show)
Cimarron City (western series)
Circus Boy (children's adventure series)
Circus Time (variety show)
The Cisco Kid (western series)
City Detective (detective series)
City Hospital (drama medical show)
The Clay Cole Show (music show)
Climax! (drama show)
Club Oasis (comedy variety show)
Coke Time with Eddie Fisher (musical variety show)
The Colgate Comedy Hour (comedy show)
College Bowl (teenage quiz show)
Colonel Humphrey Flack (sitcom)
Colt .45 (western series)
Combat Sergeant (war drama series)
The Comeback Story (reality show)
Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (children's science fiction show)
Concentration (game show)
Concert Tonight (music show)
Confession (crime reality series)
Cosmopolitan Theatre (drama show)
Country Style (musical variety show)
Court of Current Issues (documentary current affairs)
The Court of Last Resort (legal drama show)
Cowboy G-Men (western series)
Crawford Mystery Theatre (mystery series)
Crossroads (religious drama series)
Crusader (adventure drama series)
D
Damon Runyon Theater (drama show)
Danger (drama show)
The Danny Thomas Show (sitcom)
Dark of Night (drama series)
A Date with Judy (sitcom)
Date with the Angels (sitcom)
The David Niven Show (drama show)
The David Susskind Show (talk show)
Davy Crockett (western miniseries)
Dear Phoebe (sitcom)
Death Valley Days (western)
December Bride (sitcom)
Decoy (crime drama series)
The Dennis Day Show (comedy variety show)
The Dennis O'Keefe Show (comedy show)
Dennis the Menace (children's sitcom series)
The Deputy (western series)
The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (crime drama)
Dick and the Duchess (sitcom)
The Dick Clark Show (teenage dance)
Dick Clark's World of Talent (teenage variety show)
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (western show)
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (variety show)
The Dinah Shore Show (variety show)
Ding Dong School (children's show)
Dinner Date (musical show)
Divorce Court (court reality show)
Doc Corkle (sitcom)
Doc Holliday (western series)
The Doctor (medical drama series)
Dr. I.Q. (quiz show)
Dollar a Second (game show)
Don McNeill's Breakfast Club (variety show)
The Donald O'Connor Show (musical sitcom)
The Donna Reed Show (sitcom)
Dotto (quiz show)
The Dotty Mack Show (variety show)
Dough Re Mi (game show)
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents (drama show)
Down You Go (game show)
Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal (medical drama series)
Dragnet (police drama series)
Drama at Eight (drama show)
The Drew Pearson Show (documentary current affairs)
The Duke (comedy series)
DuMont Evening News (new)
DuMont Royal Theater (drama show)
DuPont Show of the Month (drama show)
The DuPont Show with June Allyson (drama show)
E The Ed Sullivan Show (variety show)
The Eddy Arnold Show (variety show)
Eddy Arnold Time (music show)
The Edge of Night (soap opera)
Eloise Salutes the Stars (talk show)
Encounter (drama show)
The Ernie Kovacs Show (comedy show)
Escape From Fear (drama show)
ESPN College Football on ABC (sports)
The Eternal Light (religious - Jewish)
Ethel Barrymore Theatre (drama show)
The Eve Arden Show (sitcom)
F
Face the Nation (documentary current affairs)
Famous Fights From Madison Square Garden (sports)
Famous Film Festival (prime time movies)
Famous Jury Trials (legal drama)
Father Knows Best (sitcom)
Fireside Theater (drama show)
The First Hundred Years (soap opera)
First Love (soap opera)
Fishing and Hunting Club (sports)
Five Fingers (adventure series)
Flash Gordon (children's science fiction)
Foodini the Great (children's show)
Football Sidelines (sports)
Football This Week (sports)
Ford Festival (variety show)
The Ford Show (variety show)
Ford Star Jubilee (drama show)
Ford Theatre (drama show)
Four Star Playhouse (drama show)
Frances Farmer Presents (drama show)
The Frank Sinatra Show (variety show)
The Frank Sinatra Show (variety show)
The Fred Waring Show (variety show)
From These Roots (soap opera)
Front Page Detective (crime drama series)
Frontier (western series)
Frontier Doctor (western series)
Frontier Justice (western series)
Frontier Theatre (western show)
Fury (western series)
G
The Gabby Hayes Show (western show)
The Gale Storm Show (sitcom)
The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong (detective series)
Gamble on Love (game show)
Gang Busters (crime drama show)
Garfield Goose and Friends (children's show)
Garroway at Large (musical variety show)
The Garry Moore Show (variety show)
The Gene Autry Show (western series)
General Electric Theater (drama show)
The George Sanders Mystery Theater (mystery drama show)
Georgetown University Forum (talk show)
Gillette Cavalcade of Sports (sports)
The Gisele MacKenzie Show (variety show)
The Goldbergs (comedy drama series)
The Golden Touch of Frankie Carle (musical variety show)
Golden Windows (soap opera)
Golf Channel on NBC (sports)
Goodyear Television Playhouse (drama show)
Goodyear Theatre (drama show)
The Gray Ghost (historical drama series - depicts the true story of Major John Singleton Mosby, a Virginia officer in the Confederate Army, whose cunning and stealth earned him the nickname "Gray Ghost".)
Gruen Playhouse (drama show)
Guide Right (musical variety show)
Guiding Light (soap opera)
Gunsmoke (western series)
The Guy Mitchell Show (variety show)
H
Haggis Baggis (game show)
Hallmark Hall of Fame (drama show)
The Halls of Ivy (sitcom)
Hands of Murder (mystery drama show)
The Hank McCune Show (sitcom)
Harbor Command (military action series, Coast Guard)
Harbormaster (adventure series)
Have a Heart (game show)
Have Gun – Will Travel (western series)
Hawaiian Eye (drama series)
Hawkins Falls, Population 6200 (soap opera)
The Hazel Scott Show (music show)
Heaven for Betsy (sitcom)
Hennesey (military sitcom series)
The Herb Shriner Show (comedy show)
Hey, Jeannie! (sitcom)
High Finance (quiz show)
High-Low (game show)
Highway Patrol (crime series)
Hold That Camera (game show)
Hollywood Screen Test (talent show)
Hollywood Wrestling (sports)
Honestly, Celeste! (sitcom)
The Honeymooners (sitcom)
Hopalong Cassidy (children's western series)
Hotel de Paree (western)
House of Shock (TV series)
House Party (variety show)
How to Marry a Millionaire (sitcom)
Howdy Doody (children's show)
Huntley-Brinkley Report (news)
I
I Led Three Lives (drama series)
I Love Lucy (comedy series - Ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957 and 3 more years, 1957-1960, as Lucy-Desi Comedy.)
I Married Joan (sitcom)
I Spy (drama series)
I'm the Law (police drama series)
I've Got a Secret (game show)
The Igor Cassini Show (talk show)
The Ilona Massey Show (variety show)
The Imogene Coca Show (variety show)
Information Please (quiz show)
International Playhouse (prime time movies)
It Could Be You (game show)
It Is Written (relgious - Christian)
It's a Business (sitcom)
It's a Great Life (sitcom)
It's a Small World (documentary travelogue)
It's Alec Templeton Time (music show)
It's Always Jan (sitcom)
It's News to Me (sitcom)
It's Polka Time (musical show)
J
The Jack Benny Program (comedy show)
The Jackie Gleason Show (variety comedy show)
Jackpot Bowling (sports)
Jacqueline Susann's Open Door (talk show)
Jamie (sitcom)
Jazz Party (music show)
Jefferson Drum (western series)
The Jimmy Dean Show (music variety show)
The Jimmy Durante Show (comedy variety show)
Jimmy Hughes, Rookie Cop (crime series)
The Jo Stafford Show (variety show)
The Joan Edwards Show (music show)
The Johnny Carson Show (variety show)
Johnny Jupiter (childrens' show)
Johnny Olson's Rumpus Room (variety show)
Johnny Ringo (western series)
Johnny Staccato (detective series)
The Johns Hopkins Science Review (documentary show)
The Jonathan Winters Show (variety comedy show)
The Joseph Cotten Show (drama show)
Joseph Schildkraut Presents (drama show)
Judge for Yourself (quiz show)
Judge Roy Bean (western series)
Jukebox Jury (variety show)
Jungle Jim (adventure series)
Justice (legal drama series)
Juvenile Jury (children's game show)
K
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (drama show)
Keep It in the Family (game show)
Keep Talking (game show)
Kids and Company (children's show)
Kraft Music Hall (music show)
Kraft Television Theatre (drama show)
Kukla, Fran and Ollie (children's show)
L
Lamp Unto My Feet (religious show - Christian Protestant, Christian Catholic, Jewish)
Laramie (westerm series)
Lash of the West (western series)
Lassie (family drama series)
Law of the Plainsman (western series)
The Lawless Years (crime series)
Lawman (western series)
The Lawrence Welk Show (musical variety show)
Leave It to Beaver (family comedy series)
Leave It to Larry (sitcom)
Leave It to the Girls (talk show)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (western series)
Life Begins at Eighty (talk show)
Life Is Worth Living (religious - Catholic)
The Life of Riley (sitcom)
Life with Elizabeth (sitcom)
Life with Luigi (sitcom)
Lights Out (supernatural drama show)
The Lineup (police drama series)
List of special editions of Today (NBC program)
List of The Bob Cummings Show episodes (sitcom)
The Little Revue (musical variety show)
Lock-Up (legal drama series)
The Lone Ranger (children's western series)
Longines Chronoscope (talk show)
Love and Marriage (sitcom)
Love of Life (soap opera)
Love Story (drama show)
The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour (I Love Lucy  ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957 and 3 more years ,1957-1960, as Lucy-Desi Comedy.)
Lux Video Theatre (drama show)
M
M Squad (police drama)
Mackenzie's Raiders (western series)
The Magic Clown (children's show)
The Magic Cottage (children's show)
The Mail Story (drama show)
Major Dell Conway of the Flying Tigers (Adventure series)
Major League Baseball Game of the Week (sports)
Major League Baseball on ABC (sports)
Major League Baseball on CBS (sports)
Major League Baseball on NBC (sports)
Make Me Laugh (game show)
Mama (comedy drama series)
Man Against Crime (crime drama)
The Man and the Challenge (science fiction drama)
The Man Behind the Badge (police drama)
The Man from Blackhawk (western series)
Man Without a Gun (western series)
Man's Heritage (religious - Christian)
Manhattan Spotlight (talk show)
Manhunt (crime drama series)
Mantovani (music series)
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (sitcom)
Marge and Jeff (sitcom)
Markham (crime drama series)
The Marriage (sitcom)
The Marshal of Gunsight Pass (western series)
The Martha Raye Show (comedy variety show)
The Martha Wright Show (variety show)
Martin Kane, Private Eye (crime drama show)
Mary Kay and Johnny (sitcom)
Masquerade Party (game show)
Matinee Theater  (drama show)
Maverick (western series)
Mark McCain (western series)
Medic (Medical drama series)
Medical Horizons (documentary show)
Meet Corliss Archer (sitcom)
Meet McGraw (detective drama series)
Meet Millie  (sitcom)
Meet Mr. McNutley  (sitcom)
Meet the Boss (news)
Meet the Masters (music show)
Meet the Press (news)
Meet Your Congress (documentary current events)
Melody Street (music show)
Men into Space (science fiction series)
Men of Annapolis (drama show)
MGM Parade (documentary show)
The Mickey Mouse Club (children's show)
The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan (sitcom)
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (detective drama series)
Mighty Mouse Playhouse (children's show)
The Mike Wallace Interview (talk show)
The Millionaire (drama show)
The Milt Grant Show (teenager dance)
Miss Susan (soap opera)
Mister Peepers (sitcom)
Modern Homemakers (how to show)
The Morey Amsterdam Show (sitcom)
The Motorola Television Hour (drama show)
Movie 4 (played primetime movies)
Mr. Adams and Eve (sitcom)
Mr. District Attorney (crime drama series)
Mr. I-Magination (children's show)
Mr. Lucky (adventure drama series)
The Music Show (music show)
My Favorite Husband (sitcom)
My Friend Flicka (family drama series)
My Friend Irma  (sitcom)
My Little Margie (sitcom)
My Son Jeep (sitcom)
N
Naked City (police drama series)
Name That Tune (game show)
The Name's the Same (game show)
Navy Log (drama show)
NBA on DuMont (sports)
NBA on NBC (sports)
The NBC Comedy Hour (comedy show)
NBC Sunday Showcase (drama show)
The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (detective comedy drama series)
New York Confidential (crime drama series)
Newsweek Views the News (news)
NFL on CBS (sports)
NFL on DuMont (sports)
NFL on NBC (sports)
NHL on CBS (sports)
Night Court U.S.A. (legal drama show)
Night Editor (drama show)
Nine Thirty Curtain  (drama show)
Noah's Ark  (drama show)
Northwest Passage (adventure drama series)
Not for Publication (crime drama series)
O
O. Henry Playhouse (drama show)
Of Many Things (talk show)
Official Detective (detective drama series)
Okay, Mother (game show)
The Old American Barn Dance (music show)
Omnibus (variety show)
On Your Way (game show)
Once Upon a Tune (music variety show)
One Man's Experience (drama show)
One Man's Family (soap opera)
One Minute Please (quiz show)
One Woman's Experience (drama show)
Opera Cameos (music show)
Operation Information (talk show - current affairs)
The Original Amateur Hour (talent show)
Our Miss Brooks (sitcom)
Our Secret Weapon: The Truth (talk show - current affairs)
Ozark Jubilee (music variety show)
P
Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts (sports)
Pantomime Quiz (quiz show)
The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom (variety show)
Paul Dixon Show (variety show)
Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue (variety show)
The Paul Winchell Show (variety show)
Penny to a Million (game show)
Pentagon (talk show, current affairs)
People are Funny (game show)
The People's Choice (sitcom)
People's Platform (talk show, current affairs)
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (drama show)
Perry Como television and radio shows (music comedy show)
Perry Mason (legal drama series)
Person to Person (talk show)
The Pet Shop (How to show)
Pete Kelly's Blues (drama series)
Peter Gunn (crime drama)
PGA Tour on CBS (sports)
The Phil Silvers Show (sitcom)
The Philco Television Playhouse (drama show)
Pick the Winner (talk show, current affairs)
Place the Face (game show)
The Plainclothesman (crime drama)
Play of the Week (drama show)
Playboy's Penthouse (variety show)
Playhouse 90 (drama show)
Police Call (drama show)
Police Station (crime series)
The Polly Bergen Show (comedy variety show)
Pony Express (western series)
Portia Faces Life (soap opera)
The Power of Women (talk show, current affairs)
Press Conference (documentary show, current affairs)
The Price Is Right (game show)
The Pride of the Family (sitcom)
Private Secretary (sitcom)
Pro Football Highlights (sports)
Producers' Showcase (drama show)
Professional Father (sitcom)
The Public Defender (legal drama series)
Public Prosecutor (crime talk show)
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (drama show)
Pulse of the City (drama show)
Pursuit (drama show)
Q
Queen for a Day (game show)
Quick on the Draw (game show)
R
Racket Squad (crime drama)
Ramar of the Jungle (adventure series)
The Range Rider (western series)
Rawhide (western series)
Ray Rayner (children's show)
The Real McCoys (family comedy series)
Rebound (drama show)
The Red Buttons Show (comedy show)
The Red Skelton Show (comedy show)
Renfrew of the Royal Mounted (children's adventure series)
Report Card for Parents (talk show, children's affairs)
Rescue 8 (action drama series)
The Restless Gun (western series)
Rheingold Theatre (drama show)
Rhythm Rodeo (talk show)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective (detective drama series)
Ricki and Copper (children's show)
The Rifleman (western series)
Riverboat (western series)
Robert Montgomery Presents (drama series)
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (science fiction children's series)
Rocky King, Inside Detective (detective drama series)
Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers (science fiction children's series)
Rootie Kazootie (children's show)
The Rough Riders (western series)
The Roy Doty Show (children's show)
The Roy Rogers Show (children's western show)
The Ruggles (sitcom)
S
Saber of London (detective series)
Sally (comedy western series)
Sam and Friends (children's show)
Saturday Night at the Garden (sports)
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (drama show)
Science Fiction Theatre (science fiction show)
Science in Action (documentary series)
Scotland Yard (crime drama series)
Screen Directors Playhouse (drama show)
Sea Hunt (adventure series)
Search for Tomorrow (soap opera)
SEC on CBS (sports)
The Secret Storm (soap opera)
See It Now (documentary)
Sense and Nonsense (game show)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (children's adventure series)
The Seven Lively Arts (drama show)
Shadow of the Cloak (spy drama series)
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle (children's adventure series)
Sheriff of Cochise (western series)
Shirley Temple's Storybook (children's drama show)
Shotgun Slade (western series)
Shower of Stars (variety show)
The Silent Service (drama show)
The Silver Theatre (drama show)
Skipper Chuck (children's show)
Sky King (western series)
Small Fry Club (children's show)
So You Want to Lead a Band (variety show)
Soldiers of Fortune (adventure series)
Space Patrol (children's science fiction series)
Stage 7 (drama show)
Stage a Number (talent show)
The Stage Door (drama Series)
Stage Entrance (variety show)
Stage Show (musical variety show)
Stanley (1956 TV series)
Star of the Family (sitcom)
Star Time (variety show)
Star Tonight (variety show)
Starlit Time (drama show)
Startime (drama show)
State Trooper (crime drama series)
The Steve Allen Show (variety show)
Steve Canyon (adventure series)
Steve Donovan, Western Marshal (western series)
Steve Randall (crime series)
Stop the Music (game show)
Stories of the Century (western series)
The Stranger (drama series)
The Strawhatters (variety show)
Strike It Rich (game show)
The Stu Erwin Show (sitcom)
Studio 57 (drama show)
Studio Wrestling (sports)
Sugarfoot (western series)
Super Circus (variety show)
The Susan Raye Show (music show)
Suspicion (mystery drama series)
T
Take a Chance (game show)
Take a Good Look (game show)
The Talent Shop (talent show)
Talent Varieties (talent show)
Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (adventure military series)
Tales of the Texas Rangers (western series)
Tales of Tomorrow (drama show)
Tales of Wells Fargo (western series)
Telephone Time (drama show)
Tennis on NBC (sports)
Terry and the Pirates (adventure series)
Texaco Star Theater (comedy variety show)
The Texan (western series)
Texas John Slaughter (western series)
That's My Boy (sitcom)
The Eva Gabor Show (talk show)
They Stand Accused (court drama series)
The Thin Man (supernatural comedy series)
Think Fast (game show)
This is Alice (sitcom)
This is Music (music show)
This Is Show Business (talk show, entertainment)
This Is the Life (drama show)
This Is Your Life (reality show)
This Man Dawson (crime drama series)
Three Steps to Heaven (soap opera)
Tic-Tac-Dough (game show)
Tightrope (crime drama series)
Time for Reflection (religious)
Time Will Tell (game show)
To Tell the Truth (game show)
Today (news)
Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (children's science fiction)
Tombstone Territory (western series)
The Tonight Show (talk show)
Tonight Starring Jack Paar (talk show)
Tonight Starring Steve Allen (talk show)
The Tony Martin Show (music show)
Topper (comedy series)
Trackdown (western series)
Trash or Treasure (reality show)
Treasure (series)
Treasure Hunt (game show)
Treasury Men in Action (crime drama)
The Troubleshooters (adventure drama series)
Truth or Consequences (game show)
TV Reader's Digest (drama show)
TV Shopper (shopping)
Twenty One (game show)
Twenty Questions (game show)
The Twilight Zone (supernatural, science fiction drama show)
The Twilight Zone (supernatural, science fiction drama show)
Two for the Money (game show)
U
The Uncle Al Show (children's show)
Union Pacific (western series)
The United States Steel Hour (drama show)
The Untouchables (crime drama series)
V
Valiant Lady
The Vampira Show
The Veil
Victory at Sea
Village Barn
The Vincent Lopez Show
The Vise
Visit with the Armed Forces
The Voice of Firestone
W
Wagon Train (western show)
The Wallace and Ladmo Show (children's show)
Walt Disney Presents: Annette (children's drama series)
The Walter Winchell File (crime drama series)
The Walter Winchell Show (crime drama series)
Wanted (crime drama series)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (crime drama series)
Warner Bros. Presents (western show)
Washington Exclusive (news)
Watch Mr. Wizard (children's educational show)
The Web (drama series)
The Week in Religion (religious show - Christian protestant, Christian Catholic, Jewish)
The Wendy Barrie Show (talk show)
The West Point Story (drama military series)
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (drama show)
Westinghouse Studio One (drama show
What in the World? (quiz show)
What's Going On? (game show)
What's It For? (quiz show)
What's It Worth (reality show)
What's My Line? (game show)
What's the Story (game show)
What's Your Bid? (game show)
Wheel of Fortune (game show)
Where Was I? (talk show)
Where's Raymond? (sitcom)
Whirlybirds (adventure drama series)
Who Do You Trust? (game show)
Who Said That? (game show)
Wichita Town (western series)
Wide Wide World (documentary)
Willy (sitcom)
Windy City Jamboree (music show)
Winner Take All (game show)
Wire Service (drama series)
Wisdom (talk show)
Wisdom of the Ages (talk show)
With This Ring (talk show)
Woman with a Past (soap opera)
Wonderama (children's game show)
Walt Disney anthology television series (children's drama show)
The World Is Yours (documentary)
World of Giants (spy science fiction series)
The World of Mr. Sweeney (sitcom)
Wrestling at the Chase (sports)
Wrestling From Marigold (sports)
Y
Yancy Derringer (western series)
You Are an Artist (educational art)
You Are There (educational history)
You Asked for It (reality show)
You Bet Your Life (quiz show)
You're On Your Own (game show)
Young Doctor Malone (soap opera)
Young Mr. Bobbin (sitcom)
Your Favorite Story (comedy show)
Your Hit Parade (music show)
Your Kaiser Dealer Presents Kaiser-Frazer "Adventures in Mystery" Starring Betty Furness in "Byline" (reality mystery)
Your Show of Shows (variety show)
Your Story Theatre (drama show)
Your Witness (legal drama series)
Youth on the March (religious)
Z
Zoo Parade (documentary animal show)
Zoorama (documentary animal show)
Zorro (adventure series)



Music - Top Ten Songs for Every Year

1950
1. The Fat Man - Fats Domino
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield
3. Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown
4. Mona Lisa - Nat "King" Cole
5. Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
6. Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams
7. Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair
8. I'm Movin' On - Hank Snow
9. Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters
10. Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis (Little Esther & the Robins)

1951
1. Sixty Minute Man - Dominoes
2. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
3. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
4. Cry - Johnnie Ray
5. Too Young - Nat "King" Cole
6. Cold Cold Heart - Hank Williams
7. Glory Of Love - Five Keys
8. Three O'Clock Blues - B.B. King
9. Hey Good Lookin' - Hank Williams
10. How High The Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford

1952
1. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
2. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) - Hank Williams
3. Have Mercy Baby - Dominoes
4. One Mint Julep - Clovers
5. Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
6. My Song - Johnny Ace
7. Goin' Home - Fats Domino
8. Moody Mood For Love - King Pleasure
9. Juke - Little Walter
10. Baby, Don't Do It - "5" Royales

1953
1. Money Honey - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
2. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
3. Crying In The Chapel - Orioles
4. Gee - Crows
5. Shake A Hand - Faye Adams
6. Honey Hush - Joe Turner
7. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
8. Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
9. Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams
10. The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim

1954
1. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
2. Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner / Bill Haley & His Comets
3. Earth Angel - Penguins
4. Sh-Boom - Chords
5. That's All Right - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill
6. Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
7. Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite - Spaniels
8. I've Got A Woman - Ray Charles
9. White Christmas - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
10. Work With Me Annie - Royals / Midnighters

1955
1. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
2. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
3. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Teenagers
5. The Great Pretender - Platters
6. Ain't It A Shame - Fats Domino
7. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
8. Speedoo - Cadillacs
9. Story Untold - Nutmegs
10. My Babe - Little Walter

1956
1. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
2. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
3. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins / Elvis Presley
4. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
5. Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
6. Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
7. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
8. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
9. Please, Please, Please - James Brown & the Famous Flames
10. I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two

1957
1. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
2. Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
3. That'll Be The Day - Crickets
4. Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
5. Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
6. School Day - Chuck Berry
7. Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry
8. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
9. Lucille - Little Richard
10. Rocking Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu - Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns

1958
1. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
2. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
3. Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
4. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & the Impressions
5. Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
6. Yakety Yak - Coasters
7. La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
8. Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners
9. Rumble - Link Wray
10. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson

1959
1. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
2. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
3. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
4. There Goes My Baby - Drifters
5. Shout - Isley Brothers
6. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
7. Poison Ivy - Coasters
8. Money - Barrett Strong
9. Love Potion No. 9 - Clovers
10. You're So Fine - Falcons

The radio and record players were the most affordable entertainment media. As they became smaller and more portable consumers bought them.







My grandparents had one of these for many years.











Books - Bestselling Novels (from Wikipedia)

1950
The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson
Joy Street by Frances Parkinson Keyes
Across the River and into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
The Wall by John Hersey
Star Money by Kathleen Winsor
The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
Floodtide by Frank Yerby
Jubilee Trail by Gwen Bristow
The Adventurer by Mika Waltari
The Disenchanted by Budd Schulberg

1951
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
Moses by Sholem Asch
The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson
A Woman Called Fancy by Frank Yerby
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
Melville Goodwin, U.S.A. by John P. Marquand
Return to Paradise by James A. Michener
The Foundling by Cardinal Spellman
The Wanderer by Mika Waltari

1952
The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
Steamboat Gothic by Frances Parkinson Keyes
Giant by Edna Ferber
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Gown of Glory by Agnes Sligh Turnbull
The Saracen Blade by Frank Yerby
The Houses in Between by Howard Spring
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

1953
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain
Desirée by Annemarie Selinko
Battle Cry by Leon M. Uris
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
The High and the Mighty by Ernest K. Gann
Beyond This Place by A. J. Cronin
Time and Time Again by James Hilton
Lord Vanity by Samuel Shellabarger
The Unconquered by Ben Ames Williams

1954
Not as a Stranger by Morton Thompson
Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier
Love Is Eternal by Irving Stone
The Royal Box by Frances Parkinson Keyes
The Egyptian by Mika Waltari
No Time for Sergeants by Mac Hyman
Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
The View from Pompey's Head by Hamilton Basso
Never Victorious, Never Defeated by Taylor Caldwell
Benton's Row by Frank Yerby

1955
Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson
Something of Value by Robert Ruark
Not as a Stranger by Morton Thompson
No Time for Sergeants by Mac Hyman
The Tontine by Thomas B. Costain
Ten North Frederick by John O'Hara

1956
Don't Go Near the Water by William Brinkley
The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan
The Tribe That Lost Its Head by Nicholas Monsarrat
The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir
Boon Island by Kenneth Roberts

1957
By Love Possessed by James Gould Cozzens
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Compulsion by Meyer Levin
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! by Max Shulman
Blue Camellia by Frances Parkinson Keyes
Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson
The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
Below the Salt by Thomas B. Costain
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

1958
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Around the World with Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
From the Terrace by John O'Hara
Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson
Ice Palace by Edna Ferber
The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton
The Enemy Camp by Jerome Weidman
Victorine by Frances Parkinson Keyes

1959
Exodus by Leon Uris
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Hawaii by James A. Michener
Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Ugly American by Eugene L. Burdick
Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico
Poor No More by Robert Ruark



Movies (from Wikipedia)

A
Abbott and Costello series:
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Absender unbekannt (1950)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
The African Queen (1951)
Age 13 (1955)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
All About Eve (1950)
The Alligator People (1959)
Alto Paraná (1958)
The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)
An American in Paris (1951)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Animal Farm (1954)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Another Time, Another Place (1958)
The Appearances Deceive (1958)
The Apu Trilogy (1955–1959)
Pather Panchali (1955)
Aparajito (1956)
The World of Apu (1959)
Armored Car Robbery (1950)
Arms and the Man (1958)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Arrabalera (1950)
At War with the Army (1950)
Atoll K (1950)
Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)
The Atomic Submarine (1959)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
Auntie Mame (film) (1958)

B
Babul (1950)
Back from the Dead (1957)
Backfire (1950)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
The Bad Seed (1956)
The Badlanders (1958)
The Ballad of Narayama (1958)
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
The Barred Road (1958)
The Bat (1959)
The Battle of the River Plate (1959)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
The Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)
Le Beau Serge (1958)
Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
Beloved Beauty (1958)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Bhookailas (1958)
The Big Country (1958)
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
Big House Bunny (1950)
The Black Rose (1950)
The Blob (1958)
Blood of the Vampire (1958)
The Blue Lamp (1950)
Bólidos de acero (1950)
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Boobs in the Woods (1950)
Born Yesterday (1950)
The Brain Eaters (1958)
The Bravados (1958)
Breach of Trust (1950)
The Breaking Point (1950)
Bride of the Monster (1955)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955)
Bright Leaf (1950)
Brink of Life (Nära livet) (1958)
Broken Arrow (1950)
The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
The Buccaneer (1958)
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Buenos Aires a la vista (1950)
The Burmese Harp (1956)
Bushy Hare (1950)

C
Caged (1950)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Canary Row (1950)
Carmen Jones (1954)
Carousel (1956)
Carry On Nurse (1959)
Carry On Sergeant (1958)
Carry On Teacher (1959)
Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
The Castle of the Monsters (1958)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
Champagne for Caesar (1950)
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
Chronicle of a Love (1950)
Cinderella (1950)
The Country Girl (1954)
The Cool and the Crazy (1958)
Convicted (1950)
Corridors of Blood (1958)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
The Crime of Korea (1950)
Crimson Bat (1958)
The Crimson Pirate (1952)
The Cry Baby Killer (1958)
Cue Ball Cat (1950)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

D
Daar Doer in Die Bosveld (1951)
Daddy-O (1958)
The Dam Busters (1954)
Damn Yankees (1958)
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
Darby's Rangers (1958)
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Day the Sky Exploded (1958)
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
Death of a Salesman (1951)
The Decks Ran Red (1958)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
Desire Under the Elms (1958)
Destination Moon (1950)
Detective Story (1951)
Les Diaboliques (1954)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Dilli Ka Thug (1958)
Dracula (1958)
Dreams (Kvinnodröm) (1955)
The Duke Wore Jeans (1958)
Dunkirk (1958)

E
Early Summer (1951)
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
Earth vs. the Spider (1958)
East of Eden (1955)
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
Endless Desire (1958)
The Enemy Below (1957)
Enjo (1958)
Equinox Flower (1958)
Expresso Bongo (1959)

F
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Farewells (1958)
Favourite 13 (1958)
The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958)
Fiend Without a Face (1958)
Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956)
Fires on the Plain (1959)
Floating Weeds (1959)
The Fly (1958)
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
The Flying Saucer (1950)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Forty Guns (1958)
Frankenstein's Daughter (1958)
The Frogmen (1951)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Funny Face (1957)

G
Gate of Hell (1953)
The Geisha Boy (1958)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Giant (1956)
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
The Giant Claw (1957)
Gideon's Day (1958)
Gigi (1958)
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Girls Town (1959)
Glen or Glenda (1953)
God's Little Acre (1958)
The Goddess (1958)
Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Good Day for a Hanging (1958)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
Gun Crazy (1950)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Guys and Dolls

H
H-8 (1958)
The H-Man (1958)
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
Harvey (1950)
The Haunted Strangler (1958)
Have Rocket, Will Travel (1959)
Hercules (1958)
Heroism (1958)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
The High and the Mighty (1954)
High Noon (1952)
High School Confidential (1958)
High Society (1956)
A Hill in Korea (1956)
A Hole In The Head (1959)
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
The Horse's Mouth (1958)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
House of Bamboo (1955)
House of Wax (1953)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Houseboat (1958)
How to Make a Monster (1958)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Howrah Bridge (1958)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)
The Hunters

I
I Bury the Living (1958)
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
I Want to Live! (1958)
I Was Monty's Double (1958)
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
Ikiru (1952)
Il Grido (1957)
I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
I'm All Right Jack (1959)
The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959)
In Love and War (1958)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Indiscreet (1958)
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
Invaders from Mars (1953)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion U.S.A. (1952)
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
It Conquered the World (1956)
It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

J
Jail Bait (1954)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Jeopardy (1953)
Joe Butterfly (1957)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Johnny Tremain (1957)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Julius Caesar (1953)

K
The Killer Shrews (1959)
The Killers (1958)
The Killing (1956)
King Creole (1958)
The King and I (1956)
King Solomon's Mines (1950)
Kings Go Forth (1958)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Knighty Knight Bugs (1958)
Kronos (1957)

L
Lady of the Castle (1958)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
A Lady Without Passport (1950)
The Ladykillers (1955)
L'amore in città (Love in the City) (1953)
The Last Day of Summer (1958)
The Last Hurrah (1958)
The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
The Left Handed Gun (1958)
A Lesson in Love (En lektion i kärlek) (1955)
Let's Rock (1958)
The Light in the Forest (1958)
The Lineup (1958)
Lisbon (1956)
The Littlest Hobo (1958)
The Living Desert (1953)
Lonelyhearts (1958)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Look Back in Anger (1958)
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Loving You (1957)
The Lovers (1958)
The Lovers of Montparnasse (1958)
Let's Dance (1950)
Lust for Life (1956)

M
Madhumati (1958)
The Magician (Ansiktet) (1958)
A Man Escaped (1956)
The Man from Laramie (1955)
The Man and the Monster (1958)
Man of the West (1958)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
Marty (1955)
The Matchmaker (1958)
Me and the Colonel (1951)
Merry Andrew (1958)
Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
Missile to the Moon (1958)
Mogambo (1953)
The Mole People (1956)
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
Monster on the Campus (1958)
A Movie (1958)
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
The Mummy (1959)
The Music Room (1958)
My Man Godfrey (1957)
My Uncle (1958)
The Mysterians (1957)
Mysterious Island (1951)

N
The Naked Maja (1958)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
A Night to Remember (1958)
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Night of the Ghouls (1959)
Nishi Ginza Station (1958)
No Time for Sergeants (1958)
North by Northwest (1959)
The Nun's Story (1959)

O
Our Very Own (1950)
Los olvidados (1950)
Oklahoma! (1955)
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
Old Yeller (1957)
On the Waterfront (1954)
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
One Froggy Evening (1955)
Onionhead (1958)
Ordet (1955)

P
The Pajama Game (1957)
Pather Pachali (1955)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Peter Pan (1953)
The Philosopher's Stone (1958)
Party Girl (1958)
Passport to Shame (1958)
The Perfect Furlough (1958)
Picnic (1955)
Pigsy Eats Watermelon (1958)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
Pre-Hysterical Hare (1958)
Prohibited Love (1958)

Q
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
Quatermass 2 (1957)
Queen of Outer Space (1958)
The Quiet American (1958)

R
Radar Men from the Moon (1952)
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)
Rashomon (1950)
Rear Window (1954)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
Return of the Fly (1959)
Revenge of the Creature (1955)
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
Rice With Milk (1950)
Richard III (1955)
Ride a Crooked Trail (1958)
Rififi (1955)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Rio Grande (1950)
The Robe (1953)
Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue (1954)
Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958)
Rocketship X-M (1950)
Rodan (1956)
Roman Holiday (1953)
The Roots of Heaven (1958)
Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)

S
Sabrina (1954)
Sadhna (1958)
Salt of the Earth (1954)
Sampo (1959)
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
Sawdust and Tinsel (Gycklarnas afton) (1953)
Sayonara (1957)
The Screaming Mimi (1958)
The Screaming Skull (1958)
Scrooge (1951)
Sea of Sand (1958)
The Searchers (1956)
Secrets of Women (Kvinnors väntan) (1952)
Separate Tables (1958)
Serious Charge (1959)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Seven Hills of Rome (1958)
Seven Samurai (1954)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet) (1957)
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
Shane (1953)
She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)
The Sheepman (1958)
The Silent Enemy (1958)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Smart Alec (Smart Aleck) (1951)
Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) (1955)
Smiley (1956)
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
Some Came Running (1958)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Son Of Paleface (1952)
Song of the Heart (1958)
A Song of Love (1950)
South Pacific (1958)
Space Invasion of Lapland (1959)
St. Louis Blues (1958)
Stakeout on Dope Street (1958)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Stolen Desire (1958)
The Story of Mankind (1957)
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
La strada (1954)
The Strange World of Planet X (1957)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Styrmand Karlsen (1958)
Suddenly Last Summer (1959)
Summer Interlude (Sommarlek) (1951)
Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika) (1953)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Swamp Women (1955)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
The Sword and the Rose (1953)

T
A Tale of Two Cities (1958)
The Tarnished Angels (1958)
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959)
Teacher's Pet (1958)
The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Teenage Cave Man (1958)
Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)
The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Them! (1954)
The Thing from Another World (1951)
The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958)
This Can't Happen Here (Sånt händer inte här) (1950)
This Happy Feeling (1958)
This Island Earth (1955)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Throne of Blood (1957)
Thunder Road (1958)
The Tingler (1959)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
To the Compass of Your Lie (1950)
To Hell and Back (1955)
To Joy (Till glädje) (1950)
Tokyo Story (1953)
Too Much, Too Soon (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Treasure Island (1950)
The Trollenberg Terror (1958)
Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958)

U
Ugetsu (1953)
Umberto D. (1952)
The Undead (1957)
Underworld Beauty (1958)
The Unknown Soldier (1955)

V
I Vampiri (1957)
Varan the Unbelievable (1958)
Variety Lights (Luci del varietà) (1950)
Vertigo (1958)
The Vikings (1958)
The Virgin Wife (1958)
Viva Zapata! (1952)

W
The Wages of Fear (1953)
War and Peace (1956)
War of the Colossal Beast (1958)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
The Warlock (1959)
The West Point Story (1950)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
When in Rome (1952)
When Worlds Collide (1951)
White Christmas (1954)
The White Sheik (Lo sceicco bianco) (1952)
White Wilderness (1958)
The Wild One (1953)
Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) 1957
Wild Women of Wongo (1958)
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
Winchester '73 (1950)
Windjammer (1958)
Witness for the Prosecution (1958)
Wolf Dog (1958)
The World of Apu (1959)
The World of the Vampires (1958)

X
X the Unknown (1956)

Y
Young Man With A Horn (1950)
The Young Lions (1958)

Z
Zarak (1956)
Zero Hour! (1957)



Fashions of the 1950's























The big, swinging wide skirts and the pencil thin skirt were popular for the whole decade!



It took yards of material to make those big skirts and you wore ruffled petticoats to hold them up.







Before pantyhose, you had nylon stockings held up with garters attached to girdles. There were many styles of girdles from the briefest girdle belt to a full body girdle. But all women wore some type of girdle to hold those stockings up.





Men and women wore hats!







You wore nylon slips to hide any underwear such as panty lines or girdle lines.



Women often wore rubber bathing caps to keep their hair dry. Women wore these all the way up to the 1970's. I remember my last one was similar to this black one but it was green and had the flowers on it.













It looks like bras were made like armor.





Ruffles and lace were in big time for evening wear. This is my Aunt Judy wearing her evening wear for a high school beauty pageant.








Petticoats for those wide skirts.






I think it was about 50/50 between short and long wedding dresses.




This is my Mom in 1956.


My Mom in her wedding dress in 1956. Think about it a minute! My Great Grandmother told us that she had her eye on Bailey Bright Reese but he was so goodlooking that all the girls wanted him. She said she didn't know why he picked her. He had gotten a job at a town that was far enough from home that he walked to the train station in Hot Springs, NC and took the train, spent the week working and then took the train back on the weekends. As he was walking home, he stopped by her parent's home to see Lillian Conner. Right then and there he asked her to marry him. She said she was glad her Daddy wasn't home so she changed her blouse and they walked to her sister's house where they got married so her Daddy couldn't stop her! So she got married in her everyday clothes and on the spur of the moment! Their son, my Granddaddy, met my Grandmother while working at a cotton mill. He fell in love with her but it was during the Great Depression. He knew he couldn't marry her because one of his brothers was already engaged and they couldn't both get married and leave home. The family needed their income! Then his brother and fiance broke up so Granddaddy asked Grandmother to get married, quick, before his brother changed his mind! She wore her nicest dress, a Sunday dress, and they got married quickly. Here is the photo taken on their wedding day.

Fast forward to 1956 and my Mom and Dad. They actually had a church wedding, she bought a wedding dress; had a wedding portrait made; and had a couple of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen with a small reception afterwards! She kept her dress and her sister, my Aunt Judy, used it when she got married.

Fast forward again to 1977 and I got married wearing my Mom's dress too. My wedding was about the size of Mom and Dad's. They certainly got their $50 worth out of that pretty dress! I was so glad to be able to wear Mom's dress.

But this generation expects BIG weddings as the norm so each generation seems to have gotten bigger and better. By the way, all of us got married at 18 yrs old. Both of my Grandmothers, my Mom, myself and my 2 sisters! That seems too young today but all our marriages lasted. Sometimes I think women wait too long. There are too many "choices" for young people today. It's hard to make a decision on what major to take in college, what job to take and who to marry. I think you try to make a well informed decision but then it comes down to faith and mutual cooperation. Kids today haven't ever had to learn how to cooperate and tolerate. They had their own bedrooms, their own bathrooms, their own televisions and gameboys, their own cars, etc. Then they get married and it doesn't work out because they don't know how to work together, cooperate, sacrifice for each other, work for a mutual existence.













































Oxfords and loafers were the style, especially for teenagers.










Teenage girls wearing rolled bluejeans.











An everyday house dress.


























A modern dress made from a vintage pattern!



Poodles were all the rage! From the poodle skirts that we remember today to poodle figurines.














































Automobiles
















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