1953 Flashback

1953 Flashback

1953 memories would include more of my early years in grade school. I would be in the Third Grade at Parker Elementary School in East Oakland and by September I would be starting the Fourth Grade. It was around this time that I sent away to Battle Creek, Michigan for my very own Howdy Doody marionette (I wonder how much that would be worth today). At this time I was still collecting baseball cards (mostly Topps, but I did have some 1953 Bowman baseball cards.

———————————————-News Events————————————————-

Joseph Stalin would die at the age of 73. The Rosenbergs, Julius & Ethel, were executed for treason on June 9 of this year (for revealing atomic secrets to the Russians). John F Kennedy (future U.S> President) would marry Jaqueline Bouvier, Jonas Salk would discover the Polio Vaccine, Dwight D. Eisenhower would now be President Of The United States and unemployment was at 2.9%.

———————————————-The World Of Sports————————————–

In the world of sports, The Minneapolis Lakers would defeat The New York Knicks 4 games to 1 to win the NBA title, The New York Yankees would win the World Series 4 games to 2 over The Brooklyn Dodgers and The Detroit Lions would win the NFL title by defeating The Cleveland Browns 17 to 16. In the world of baseball, this was the year that The Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee and became The Milwaukee Braves. In the next season, a legendary figure in baseball history would begin his career in the uniform of The Milwaukee Braves.

———————————————Cost Of Living———————————————–

In 1953, the average home would cost $8,200, the average income was $4,011, milk was 94 cents a gallon, gas was 22 cents a gallon, bread was 16 cents a loaf, stamps still cost only 3 cents, a 10 pound bag of C & H sugar was 89 cents, a 16 ounce jar of Kraft Cheese Wiz was 57 cents and a pound of romaine lettuce was only 10 cents.

———————————————-Movies & Television————————————

One of my favorite sci-fi movies would debut in 1953.

A movie version of the 1938 radio thriller, “War Of The Worlds”, would come to movie theaters across the country. The original 1938 broadcast on the radio panicked many people who thought that these events were really happening (they missed the disclaimer at the beginning of the program). In 1953, the most popular shows on TV would include “Dragnet” (NBC, Thursday 9:00-9:30 PM), “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” (CBS, Monday 8:30-9:00 PM), “You Bet Your Life” (NBC, Thursday 8:00-8:30 PM), “The Milton Berle Show” (NBC, Tuesday 8:00-9:00 PM), “Arthur Godfrey & His Friends” (CBS, Wednesday 8:00-9:00 PM), “Ford Theater” (NBC, Thursday 9:30-10:00 PM), “The Jackie Gleason Show” (CBS, Saturday 8:00-9:00 PM), “Fireside Theatre” (NBC, Tuesday 9:00-9:30 PM), “Colgate Comedy Hour” (NBC, Sunday 8:00-9:00 PM), “This Is Your Life” (NBC, Wednesday 10:00-10:30 PM), “The Red Buttons Show” (CBS, Monday 9:30-10:00 PM), “The Life Of Riley” (NBC show featuring William Bendix as Chester Riley, Friday 8:30-9:00 PM), “Our Miss Brooks” (CBS, Friday 9:30-10:00 PM), “Treasury Men In Action” (NBC, Thursday 8:30-9:00 PM), “The Jack Benny Show” (CBS, Sunday 7:30-8:00 PM), “The Toast Of The Town” (CBS show that was the forerunner to “The Ed Sullivan Show”, Sunday 8:00-9:00 PM), “Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports” (NBC, Friday 10:00-10:45 PM), “Philco TV Playhouse” (NBC, Sunday 9:00-10:00 PM), “George Burns & Gracie Allen Show” (CBS, Monday 8:00-8:30 PM), “Kraft Television Theatre” (NBC, Wednesday 9:00-10:00 PM), “Goodyear TV Playhouse” (NBC, Sunday 9:00-10:00 PM), “Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts” (CBS, Wednesday 10:00-10:45 PM), “Private Secretary” (CBS, Sunday 7:30-8:00 PM), “I Married Joan” (NBC, Wednesday 8:00-8:30 PM) and “I Remember Mama” (CBS, Friday 8:00-8:30 PM). Other TV shows this year would include “Sky King” (ABC, Monday 8:00-8:30 PM),

“Mr. Peepers” (NBC, Sunday 7:30-8:00 PM), “Name That Tune” (NBC, Monday 8:00-8:30 PM), “Romper Room”(look out, Miss Nancy can see you with her magic mirror), “Make Room For Daddy” (ABC, Tuesday 9:00-9:30 PM) and “The Lone Ranger” (ABC, Thursday 7:30-8:00 PM). The most popular show on TV this year was still “I Love Lucy” (CBS, Monday 9:00-9:30 PM). 🙂 🙂 🙂

References: Fifties Web”, “Nielsen TV Ratings”, What Happened When” by Gorton Carruth, “Chronicle Of America” published by Dorling Kindersley and “The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present” by Tim Brooks & Earle Marsh.

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