As the year 1957 begins, I am still in the 7th Grade at Frick Junior High in Oakland, California. When we started Junior High, we were told that our old building might not be able to withstand a strong earthquake. In the spring of this year, the old Frick Junior High building would get a strong test. I had just finished one class and as I was walking outside the building I would feel the ground shaking. I looked back and saw the building swaying back and forth. It survived the quake but soon a new building would take it’s place. This was one of my memories from my years at Frick Junior High – “the day the building did the rock and roll”. In September of 1957 I would begin the 8th Grade. I was still collecting cards at this time. Below are some of the sets I collected.
On March 30, 1957 the second atomic submarine was commissioned-it was called “The Seawolf”. May 2 of this year would see the death of the controversial Joseph McCarthy. On July 12, scientific research established a link between cigarette smoking and Cancer. In September, American Motors would introduce the nation’s first compact car-“The Rambler”. September 24 would see racial violence at Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. October 4, 1957 would see the launch of Sputnik 1
On October 16, Jamestown, Virginia would see the re-creation of the 1620 voyage of The Mayflower. Dr. Martin Luther King, ordained a Baptist Minister in 1947, would help to organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference this year. There were now 47,200,000 TV sets in use across America.
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Althea Gibson would become the first Black tennis player to win at Wimbledon. On April 13, the Boston Celtics would defeat the St. Louis Hawks to win the NBA title, 4 games to 3. On October 10, The Milwaukee Braves would defeat The New York Yankees to win the 1957 World Series, 4 games to 3. After the 1957 baseball season, The Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants would leave New York and come to California. The Dodgers would move to Los Angeles and The Giants would come to San Francisco. The NFL title game was played on December 29. The Detroit Lions would beat The Cleveland Browns 59 to 14.
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The average salary in 1957 was $4,494, gas was 27 cents a gallon, milk was $1 a gallon, a Swanson TV Dinner cost 75 cents, hamburger was 30 cents a pound, a jar of Tang cost 50 cents, butter was 75 cents a pound, a 12 ounce container of Vermont Maple Syrup cost 33 cents, a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup was only 10 cents, a bunch of broccoli was 23 cents, a dozen eggs were 55 cents, a head if Iceberg lettuce was only 19 cents, a 16 ounce package of Nabisco Saltines was 25 cents, Pot Roast was 69 cents a pound, a 27 ounce can of Jolly Green Giant canned corn was 14 cents and bread was 19 cents a loaf.
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The most popular TV shows of 1957 would include “Father Knows Best” (NBC, Wednesday 8:30-9:00 PM), “Sugarfoot” (ABC, Tuesday 7:30-8:30 PM), “Wagon Train” (NBC, Wednesday 7:30-8:30 PM), “Lassie” (CBS, Sunday 7:00-7:30 PM), “Zane Grey Theater” (CBS, Friday 8:30-9:00 PM), “The $64,000 Question” (CBS, Tuesday 10:00-10:30 PM), “This Is Your Life” (NBC, Wednesday 10:00-10:30 PM), “The Lineup” (CBS, Friday 10:00-10:30 PM), “The Millionaire” (CBS, Wednesday 9:00-9:30 PM), “The Gale Storm Show (Oh Susanna)” (CBS, Saturday 9:00-9:30 PM), “The Red Skelton Show” (CBS, Tuesday 9:30-10:00 PM), “The Ford Show”, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford (NBC, Thursday 9:30-10:00 PM), “Cheyenne” (ABC, Tuesday 7:30-8:30 PM), “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (CBS, Sunday 9:30-10:00 PM), “The Perry Como Show” (NBC, Saturday 8:00-9:00 PM), “You Bet Your Life” (NBC, Thursday 8:00-8:30 PM), “December Bride” (CBS, Monday 9:30-10:00 PM), “The Restless Gun” (NBC, Monday 8:00-8:30 PM), “General Electric Theater” (CBS, Sunday 9:00-9:30 PM), “The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp” (ABC, Tuesday 8:30-9:00 PM), “I’ve Got A Secret” (CBS, Wednesday 9:30-10:00 PM), “Have Gun Will Travel” (CBS, Saturday 9:30-10:00 PM), “Tales Of Wells Fargo” (NBC, Monday 8:30-9:00 PM) and “The Danny Thomas Show” (CBS, Monday 9:00-9:30 PM). Other TV shows this year would include “Suspicion” (NBC, Monday 10:00-11:00 PM), “The Dinah Shore Chevy Show” (NBC, Sunday 9:00-10:00 PM), “Bachelor Father” (CBS, Sunday 7:30-8:00 PM), “Broken Arrow” (ABC, Tuesday 9:00-9:30 PM), “The Bob Cummings Show” (NBC, Tuesday 9:30-10:00 PM), “Tombstone Territory” (ABC, Wednesday 8:30-9:00 PM), “The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet” (ABC, Wednesday 9:00-9:30 PM), “Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon” (CBS, Thursday 7:30-8:00 PM), “The Real Mc Coys” (ABC, Thursday 8:30-9:00 PM), “Leave It To Beaver” (CBS, Friday 7:30-8:00 PM) and “Perry Mason” (CBS, Saturday 7:30-8:30 PM). This was the most popular show on TV this year. 🙂 🙂 🙂
References: “The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present” by Tim Brooks & Earle Marsh, “Fifties Web”, “What Happened When” by Gorton Carruth and “Chronicles Of America” published by Dorling Kindersley.