Saturday, February 22, 2014



It's 1951, and we're growing like weeds! We're already four years old or soon will be. Daddy's Little Girls or Daddy's Little Men are riding tricycles or pulling wagons.

 We might have traveled to the beach or the big city or at least to Grandma's house. We like to swing. We like ice cream. We like dolls and cars that go zoom!

We venture outside without Mother and give her a scare more than once. We like playing with the big kids, but they don't like it much. 

Maybe we know our colors. Maybe we can count to ten. Maybe we know the capital of the United States of America. Some of us might even have been there.

On farms in the valley, in the little towns up and down the river, we're running barefoot in the summer and building snowmen in winter snow. 

We know so many things, already, and learn more and more things everyday. We're naughty. We're nice. We're copycats. We're inventive. The valley is "growing us up".


Historical Events for Year 1951
 Jan 9th - Life After Tomorrow, 1st film to receive an "X" rating, premieres
Jan 10th - 1st jet passenger trip made
Jan 10th - UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY
Jan 15th - Supreme Court rule "clear & present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech & can be a cause for arrest
Jan 29th - Liz Taylor's 1st divorce (Conrad Hilton Jr)
Feb 1st - 1st telecast of atomic explosion
Feb 1st - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 16th - NYC passes bill prohibiting racism in city-assisted housing
Feb 25th - 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
Feb 26th - Bread rationing in Czechoslovakia
Feb 27th - 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
Mar 13th - Israel demands DM 6.2 billion compensation from Germany
Mar 21st - 2,900,000 US soldiers in Korea
Mar 21st - Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage
Apr 5th - Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death
Apr 11th - Pres Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur
Apr 12th - Israeli Knesset officially designated April 13 as Holocaust Day
Apr 19th - Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career
Apr 22nd - Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC
May 8th - Dacron men's suits introduced
May 11th - Jay Forrester patents computer core memory
May 15th - AT&T is 1st US company to have one million stockholders
May 24th - Racial segregation in Wash DC restaurants ruled illegal
May 29th - 1st North Pole flight in single engine plane-CF Blair
Jun 11th - NY Times reports the NYC subway will auction off things found
Jun 14th - 1st commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau
Jun 18th - De Gaulle wins French parliamentary election
Jun 25th - 1st color TV broadcast-CBS' Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities
Jun 28th - "Amos 'n' Andy" premieres on CBS TV
Jun 30th - NAACP begins attack on school segregation & discrimination
Jul 9th - Pres Harry Truman asked Congress to formally end state of war with Germany
Jul 10th - Armistice talks to end Korean conflict began at Kaesong
Jul 12th - Mob tries to keep black family from moving into all-white Cicero Ill
Jul 31st - Japan Airlines is established.
Aug 31st - 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf
Sep 1st - PM Ben-Gurion orders establishment of Israeli secret service Mossad
Sep 4th - 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by Pres Harry Truman
Sep 9th - 1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV
Sep 19th - 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV
Sep 20th - 1st North Pole jet crossing
Sep 26th - Prof Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
Oct 14th - Organization of Central American States forms
Oct 15th - "I Love Lucy" debuts on CBS TV
Oct 15th - Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive
Oct 26th - Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister
Nov 10th - 1st long distance telephone call without operator assistance
Nov 27th - 1st rocket to intercept an airplane, White Sands, NM
Nov 27th - Cease-fire & demarcation zone accord signed in Panmunjon Korea
Nov 29th - 1st underground atomic explosion, Frenchman Flat Nevada
Dec 5th - "Dragnet" premieres
Dec 12th - Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement
Dec 31st - 1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced 

   Douglas MacArthur Tribute - Old Soldiers Never Die (1951)

MacArthur(1977) Part 1
Gregory Peck as a General Douglas MacArthur

Gene Autry - Old Soldiers Never Die - 1951

 Time Magazine's Man of the Year
Mohammed Mossadegh
Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 until 1953

  • First oral contraceptive (the Pill) invented by Luis E. Miramontes
  • Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States.
  • First Color Television Pictures broadcast from Empire State Building
  • The term Rock N Roll is coined by Cleveland Disc Jockey Alan Freed
  • The Dennis the Menace comic strip appears in newspapers across the U.S. for the first time.
  • Swanson introduces beef, chicken, turkey pot pies
  • The first Jack-in-the-Box opens in San Diego 
  • A Crosley automobile with a steering wheel on the right side became the first such vehicle placed in service for mail delivery - in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
  • Super glue invented.
  • Power steering invented by Francis W. Davis.
  • Charles Ginsburg invented the first video tape recorder (VTR).
Born This Year 
  • Sally Ride 
  • Sting             
  • Michael Keaton
  • Robin Williams 
  • Phil Collins
  • Jesse Ventura
  • Bob Geldof          
  • Phil Collins          
  • Jane Seymour    
  • Nick Saban
  • Kirstie Alley
  • Kurt Russell 
  • Mark Harmon
  • Dale Earnhardt



USA Car Spotters Guide - 1951





Vintage 1951 Fashion Clothes



Yearly Inflation Rate USA 7.88%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 9.5%
 Average Prices in 1951
Car: $1,800
House: $16,000
Gas: $0.27
Bread: $0.16
Gallon of Milk: $0.92
Stamp: 3 cents
Average wages per year                     $3,510.00  
Average Cost of a new car                  $1,500.00 
LB of Hamburger Meat                        50 cents 
Bacon per LB                                      52 cents 
Eggs per dozen                                   24 cents  
Water Jacket Heater ( Asbestos )       $4.59
Baby Diapers ( Cotton )                       From $2.79 
Children's Tricycle From                     $14.00 

1951 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (CBS)
2. Texaco Star Theater (NBC)
3. I Love Lucy (CBS)
4. The Red Skelton Show (NBC)
5. The Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC)
6. Arthur Godfrey and his Friends (CBS)
7. Fireside Theater (NBC)
8. Your Show of Shows (NBC)
9. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)
10. You Bet Your Life (NBC)

Groucho Marx 1951 You Bet Your Life Part 1


 The Songs from 1951 

1 Nat King Cole Too Young
2 Tony Bennett Because Of You
3 Les Paul and Mary Ford How High The Moon
4 Rosemary Clooney Come On-a My House
5 Mario Lanza Be My Love
6 Weavers On Top Of Old Smoky
7 Tony Bennett Cold, Cold Heart
8 Perry Como If
9 Mario Lanza Loveliest Night Of The Year
10 Patti Page Tennessee Waltz
11 Frankie Laine Jezebel
12 Tony Martin I Get Ideas
13 Les Paul and Mary Ford Mockin' Bird Hill
14 Patti Page Mockin' Bird Hill
15 Guy Mitchell and Mitch Miller My Heart Cries For You
16 Eddy Howard (It's No) Sin
17 Vaughn Monroe Sound Off
18 Dinah Shore Sweet Violets
19 Les Paul and Mary Ford The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
20 Guy Mitchell and Mitch Miller My Truly, Truly Fair
21 Four Aces and Al Alberta (It's No) Sin
22 Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter Aba Daba Honeymoon
23 Frankie Laine Rose, Rose I Love You
24 Del Wood Down Yonder
25 Billy Eckstine I Apologize
26 Patti Page Would I Love You
27 Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters You're Just In Love
28 Ames Brothers and Les Brown Undecided
29 Phil Harris The Thing
30 Les Baxter Because Of You


Mockin' Bird Hill ~ Patti Page


"Too Young" Nat King Cole


1951 in country music

Number one hits     (As certified by Billboard magazine)
January 6 - "I Love You a Thousand Ways" - Lefty Frizzell
January 6 - "The Golden Rocket" - Hank Snow and His Rainbow Ranch Boys
January 13 - "The Shotgun Boogie" - Tennessee Ernie Ford
February 10 - "There's Been a Change in Me" - Eddy Arnold
March 31 - "The Rhumba Boogie" - Hank Snow and His Rainbow Ranch Boys
May 12 - "Cold Cold Heart" - Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
May 19 - "Kentucky Waltz" - Eddy Arnold
May 26 - "I Want to Be With You Always" - Lefty Frizzell
July 14 - "I Wanna Play House With You" - Eddy Arnold
August 11 - "Hey, Good Lookin'" - Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
September 1 - "Always Late with Your Kisses" - Lefty Frizzell
November 3 - "Slow Poke" - Pee Wee King and His Golden West Cowboys (feat. Redd Stewart)
December 22 - "Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way" - Carl Smith

Other major hits
US Single Artist
3 Alabama Jubilee Red Foley
5 Beautiful Brown Eyes Jimmy Wakely and the Les Baxter Chorus
9 Blue Christmas Ernest Tubb
4 Bluebird Island Hank Snow and Anita Carter
7 Cherokee Boogie (Eh-Oh-Aleena) Moon Mullican
8 Chew Tobacco Rag Zeb Turner
4 Crazy Heart Hank Williams
5 Cryin' Heart Blues Johnnie & Jack
8 Dear John Hank Williams
9 Don't Stay Too Long Ernest Tubb
2 Down the Trail of Achin' Hearts Hank Snow and Anita Carter
5 Down Yonder Del Wood
7 Driftwood On the River Ernest Tubb
5 Heart Strings Eddy Arnold
6 Hey La La Ernest Tubb
8 Hobo Boogie Red Foley
5 Hot Rod Race Arkie Shibley
7 Hot Rod Race Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan
7 Hot Rod Race Red Foley
7 Hot Rod Race Tiny Hill
3 Howlin' at the Moon Hank Williams
2 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) Hank Williams
5 I Don't Want to Be Free Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
8 I Love You a Thousand Ways Hawkshaw Hawkins
10 I'll Sail My Ship Alone Tiny Hill
8 I'm Waiting Just for You Hawkshaw Hawkins
8 If Teardrops Were Pennies Carl Smith
8 It Is No Secret Stuart Hamblen
9 Lonesome Whistle Hank Williams
4 Look What Thoughts Will Do Lefty Frizzell
8 May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You Eddy Arnold
3 Mockin' Bird Hill The Pinetoppers
7 Mockin' Bird Hill Les Paul and Mary Ford
2 Mom and Dad's Waltz Lefty Frizzell
2 Mr. and Mississippi Tennessee Ernie Ford
4 Mr. Moon Carl Smith
6 My Heart Cries for You Evelyn Knight and Red Foley
7 My Heart Cries for You Jimmy Wakely
9 Old Soldiers Never Die Gene Autry
8 On Top of Old Smoky The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
4 Poison Love Johnnie & Jack
7 Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday) Lefty Frizzell
7 Sick, Sober and Sorry Johnny Bond
2 Somebody's Been Beating My Time Eddy Arnold
4 Something Old, Something New Eddy Arnold
10 Sparrow in the Treetop Rex Allen
5 The Strange Little Girl Cowboy Copas
9 The Strange Little Girl Red Foley and Ernest Tubb
9 The Strange Little Girl Tennessee Ernie Ford
8 Tailor Made Woman Tennessee Ernie Ford and Joe "Fingers" Carr
2 Tennessee Waltz Patti Page
6 Tennessee Waltz Pee Wee King
5 (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) Red Foley
6 Travelin' Blues Lefty Frizzell
6 Unwanted Sign Upon Your Heart Hank Snow
7 When You and I Were Young, Maggie Blues Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
 Hank Williams Sr - Cold Cold Heart
 Lonesome Whistle-Hank Williams

My Heart Cries For You - Jimmy Wakely



This recipe was found in a Remembrance Magazine Ad.
Cook time: 1 Hr 5 Min  Prep time: 10 Min  
1 square bakers chocolate (unsweetened) and melted.
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 c sifted cake flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 c shortening
1 c sugar
1 egg.....unbeaten
1 c minus 2 tablespoons of milk..
1 tsp vanilla
1. Combine melted chocolate,1 Tab. sugar,water and baking soda. Blend. Set aside and cool. Sift flour add baking powder and salt...sift 3 times. Set aside. Cream shortening add sugar gradually, cream together..till fluffy. Add egg and blend thoroughly..
2. Add flour alternately with milk,a little bit at a time, beating the shortening mixture,till smooth. Add vanilla and mix. Add 1/3 of this mixture to the chocolate mixture...mix throughly.
3. Use a 10x5x3 inch loaf pan, which has been lined on the bottom with paper.(A baking paper) Put large spoonfulls of batter into baking pan. Alternating.. the chocolate and white batter.
4. WITH A KNIFE. Cut through the batter once in a wide zig zag pattern. Bake in a 350F pre-heated oven...1hour & 5 min. Or till done. Spread with chocolate frosting...if you like. Recipe for melting chocolate and frosting is on the Bakers Chocolate package. NOTE: I used semi-sweet Bakers Chocolate. And sprinkled with powdered sugar when cake was turned out and cooled, on top only.

“Remember, the important thing on this job is always to get the right address.”
 December 15, 1951



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