Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Look Who's 51 Today!

Yes, that's me, Kindergarten Fall of 1962

1957 saw the continued growth of bigger taller tail fins on new cars and more lights, bigger with more powerful engines and an average car sold for $2,749. The Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik 1. Movies included "Twelve Angry Men" and "The Bridge Over the River Kwai", and TV showed "Perry Mason" and "Maverick" for the first time. The music continued to be Rock and Roll with artists like "Little Richard". The popular toys were Slinkys and Hula Hoops. The continued growth of the use of credit was shown by the fact that 2/3 of all new cars were bought on credit. Some of the areas that would cause problems later were starting to show South Vietnam is attacked by Viet Cong Guerrillas and Troops are sent to Arkansas to enforce anti segregation laws.

Cost of Living 1957

How Much things cost in 1957

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.34% Yearly Inflation Rate UK 3.3%

Average Cost of new house $12,220.00

Average Monthly Rent $90.00

Average Yearly Wages $4.550.00

Average Cost of new car $2,157.00

Cost of a gallon of Gas 24 cents

Bacon per pound 60 cents

Eggs per dozen 28 cents

HI FI Portable Record Player $79.95

Childrens Shoes $5.95

Tuition to Harvard University - $1,000.00 per year

Movie Ticket $1.00

US Postage Stamp 3 cents

Milk $1.00 gal.

Granulated Sugar 89 cents for 10 pounds

Ground Coffee 90 cents per pound

Fresh Ground Hamburger 56 cents per pound

Fresh Baked Bread 19 cents per loaf

What Events Happened in 1957

South Vietnam attacked by Viet Cong Guerrillas

The Word Beatnik take hold as words to describe the " Beat Generation "

USSR launches Sputnik 1 on October 4th inaugurating the Space Age and the Space Race

Martin Luther King Jr heads nationwide resistance to racial segregation and discrimination in the US

Toyota starts selling cars in the US, the first is the Toyopet Crown

Federal Troops sent to Arkansas to enforce anti segregation laws

Portable Radar Devices Used To Enforce Speed Limits

Tidal Wave follows Hurricane Audrey into coasts of Texas and Louisiana

Federal troops charge defiant protestors with fixed bayonets to ensure nine African American Students can attend Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas

Asian Flu pandemic claims over 150,000 lives world wide

1957 was the peak of the Baby Boomeryears

The House for Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) convicts a number of writers and playwrites for Un-American Activities / Communist party membership

The US and Canada establish the North America Defense Command

President Eisenhower suffers a mild stroke

The first US nuclear power plant begins operation in Shippingport, PA

Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated for a second term as president.

Actor Humphrey Bogart passes away from cancer at the age of 57.

Popular Culture

Elvis Presley purchases a mansion in Memphis, Tennessee and calls it Graceland
The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool ( Where the Beetle's started )
The Film Jailhouse Rock premiers with Elvis Presley
"American Bandstand" the teenagers chart music show makes its network debut on ABC

Poupular Television Shows

The Danny Thomas Show (CBS); Tales of Wells Fargo (NBC); You Bet Your Life (NBC)

Popular Films
The Ten Commandments; Around the World in Eighty Days; 12 Angry men; Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley; The Bridge on the River Kwai ; The Three Faces of Eve

Popular Books
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss ; From Russia with Love - Ian Fleming ; The Guns of Navarone - Alistair MacLean

Famous People Born 1957

Eddie Van Halen; Michelle Pfeiffer; Paul Reiser; Vanna White; Spike Lee; Gloria Estefan; Fran Drescher; Donny Osmond

Interesting Facts

President of the US - Dwight D. Eisenhower
VP of the US - Richard M. Nixon
Nobel Peace Prize Winner - Lester Bowles Pearson
Life Expectancy 69.6 years
The Wham-O Company produced its first Frisbees, patterned after a pie pan from the Frisbie Baking Company of Connecticut.

Sports News

World Series Champion - Milwaukee Braves
U.S. Open Golf - Dick Mayer
Pro Football Champion - Detroit Lions
Indianapolis 500 Winner - Sam Hanks/135.601 MPH
Stanley Cup Winners - Montreal Canadiens
NCAA Basketball Champion - North Carolina
College Football Champions - Auburn & Ohio State

The birth of Michele,
in Pennsylvania,
November 26th, 1957


Denise said...

You were so cute. Happy Birthday my friend, you do not look a day over 16. I love you.

luvmy4sons said...

An adorable girl. Happy Birthday...those prices....oh things have changed!

Kristi said...

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday sweet Michele! Happy birthday to you. May God bless you with many, many more!!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Happy Birthday! I found you through you leaving a comment on Cathryn's blog. I was born in 1952, so enjoyed reading the events of the year you were born.

God bless your day!


Blog is no more said...

Happy Birthday Michele!! Love those curls!

I love the look back in history too,very interesting.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Happy Birthday, Michele! Your picture is so precious. Today is also my oldest son's birthday! :-)

The annual income and price of cars kind of freaked me out. The price of cars now is 10 times more than what the annual income was then! That's just wrong.

Have a great birthday and Happy Thanksgiving!

He & Me + 3 said... the cost of living has changed. Gotta love sending a letter for 3 cents. You were just the cutest little thing ever. Thanks for sharing and Happy Happy Birthday to you! May God Bless this year even more than the last 50.

Missy said...

Oh Happy day! Happy Happy Birthday!
I hope your family spoils you and you get a big chocolate cake! Cause there is no other kind ;)

Now, yesterday I paid $3.50 for a gallon of milk, and $9.50 for a movie ticket. Ah, the good old days.

Sharon said...

Happpy Birthdayyyy!! :)
What a great picture, great prices then.
Happy Thanksgiving

Susan said...



Hope it was great.

I also want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving too.


bp said...

Happy birthday! That is an interesting list of prices from 57! God bless you in this coming year.

Sharon Brumfield said...

Happy Birthday to you!
Love the prices of new houses....wish it were still that today. :)