Saturday, February 1, 2014



Sunshine, today! Tree shadows, today! The snow wears grassy, green underpants, today! We're in meltdown! Let's see, it's March that comes in like a lion or lamb, then out with the opposite, not February. Whew, that was a close one! Rooting for you, February. Take us out the same way you came in, Little Guy.
The class of 1964 had made their grand entrance into the world by 1948. Probably still in diapers (cloth ones), some of us would have been crawling or walking, by now. Some of us would be drinking from cups and eating "real" food. We'd be waving "bye bye" and, maybe, blowing kisses or shaking hands. Some of us would be sleeping through the night, and the night owls among us, maybe, never would.

Historical Events for Year 1948 
 Jan 1st - Britain nationalizes its railways
Jan 13th - 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
Jan 18th - Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
Jan 27th - 1st tape recorder sold
Jan 30th - Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse 

 Feb 6th - 1st radio-controlled airplane flown
Feb 12th - 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
Feb 24th - Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia

Mar 8th - Supreme Court rules relg instructions in pub schools unconstitutional
Mar 11th - 1st black in the US Tennis Open (Reginald Weir)
Mar 18th - Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
Mar 31st - Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe

Apr 7th - World Health Organization forms by UN
Apr 15th - 1st Jewish-Arab military battle, arabs defeated
Apr 19th - Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
Apr 21st - 1st Polaroid camera was sold in US

May 1st - Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham Alabama for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"
May 12th - Queen Wilhelmina resigns
May 14th - US grants Israel de facto recognition
May 30th - A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.

Jun 7th - Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; Pres Bernes resigns
Jun 8th - "Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC TV
Jun 8th - John Rudder becomes 1st negro commissioned officer in US marines
Jun 13th - Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th
Jun 18th - National Security Council authorizes covert operations for 1st time
Jun 19th - USSR blocks access road to West Berlin
Jun 28th - US/British airlift to West-Berlin begins
Jul 11th - 1st air bombing of Jerusalem
Jul 12th - 1st jets to fly across Atlantic (6 RAF de Havilland Vampires)

Jul 26th - 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show

Aug 10th - Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC
Aug 15th - Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day)
Sep 1st - Communist form North China People's Republic
Sep 13th - Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me) elected senator, 1st woman to serve in both houses of Congress

Oct 1st - California Supreme Court voids state statue banning interracial marriages
Oct 12th - Casey Stengel takes over as Yankee manager
Oct 24th - Bernard M Baruch introduces term "Cold War"
Oct 30th - 20 die & 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora, Pennsylvania

Nov 2nd - Pres Harry Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas Dewey
Nov 17th - Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
Nov 28th - "Hopalong Cassidy" premieres on TV
Nov 28th - 1st Polaroid camera sold

Nov 30th - Baseball's Negro National League disbands

Dec 3rd - 1st US woman army officer not in medical corps sworn in
Dec 28th - US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite

 Fads of 1948 
Temptation Game - Teenage Fad
How long can a boy and girl stare into each others eyes and resist kissing?
 "Teenage boys sporting their latest shoe fad of wearing G.I. shoes (Army surplus they bought or inherited) which they call "My old lady's Army Shoes" & wear every Tuesday at school. Date taken: December 1948"
Postwar American Suburb
Levittown: Documents of an Ideal American Suburb
Affordable housing for returning GIs and their families
Aerial View of Levittown, Long Island, New York, June, 1948
In 1946 the Levitt company acquired 4,000 acres of potato fields in Hempstead, New York and began to build not just the largest single development by a single builder but what would be the country's largest housing development ever.
Levittown, Long Island became known as "Fertility Valley" and "The Rabbit Hutch" as many of the returning servicemen weren't just buying their first home, they were starting their family and having children in such significant numbers that the generation of new babies became known as the "Baby Boom."
 A Brief History of Levittown, New York


The Tucker '48

 The Tucker '48 History
 During World War II, car companies were dedicated to the war effort. Not having any new models for four years, Americans were anxious for a new automobile.The time was right for Tucker to begin his dream. He formed the Tucker Corporation to manufacture automobiles.
When they tried to buy him, he refused. When they tried to bully him, he resisted. When they tried to break him, he became an American legend. The true story of Preston Tucker. 
(Movie Trailer)
TUCKER "The Man and the Car" 1948 (part 1) 
TUCKER "The Man and the Car" 1948 (part 2)




Billboard Top 39 Songs of 1948 - Year End Charts
1 Pee Wee Hunt Twelfth Street Rag
2 Peggy Lee Manana
3 Bing Crosby Now Is The Hour
4 Margaret Whiting A Tree In The Meadow
5 Jon and Sondra Steele My Happiness
6 Ken Griffin and Jerry Wayne You Can't Be True, Dear
7 Dick Haymes Little White Lies
8 Al Trace You Call Everybody Darlin'
9 The Pied Pipers My Happiness
10 Art Mooney I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover
11 Doris Day It's Magic
12 Gordon Jenkins Maybe You'll Be There
13 Vaughn Monroe Ballerina
14 The King Cole Trio Nature Boy
15 Kay Kyser Woody Woodpecker
16 Doris Day and Buddy Clark Love Somebody
17 Gracie Fields Now Is The Hour
18 Francis Craig Beg Your Pardon
19 Ken Griffin You Can't Be True, Dear
20 The Andrews Sisters Toolie Oolie Doolie
21 Dinah Shore Buttons and Bows
22 Peggy Lee Golden Earrings
23 Art Mooney Baby Face
24 Arthur Godfrey Too Fat Polka
25 Ella Fitzgerald My Happiness
26 Perry Como Because
27 Sammy Kaye Serenade Of The Bells
28 Tommy Dorsey Until
29 Spike Jones William Tell Overture
30 Frankie Carle Beg Your Pardon
31 Tex Beneke St. Louis Blues March
32 Primo Scala Underneath The Arches
33 Kay Kyser On a Slow Boat to China
34 Sportsmen and Mel Blanc Woody Woodpecker
35 Ray Noble I'll Dance at Your Wedding
36 Freddy Martin The Dickey-Bird Song
37 Russ Morgan and Milt Herth I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover
38 Vaughn Monroe How Soon
39 Jo Stafford Serenade Of The Bells
Jo Stafford - Serenade Of The Bells 

Top Country Songs of 1948? 

Song Artist
001 Bouquet Of Roses Eddy Arnold
002 Anytime Eddy Arnold
003 Just A Little Lovin' Eddy Arnold
004 Texarkana Baby Eddy Arnold
005 One Has My Heart Jimmy Wakely
006 Humpty Dumpty Heart Hank Thompson
007 Life Gets Tee-Jus Don't It Carson Robison
008 Sweeter Than The Flowers Moon Mullican
009 Deck Of Cards T. Texas Tyler
010 My Daddy Is Only A Picture Eddy Arnold
011 Tennessee Waltz Pee Wee King
012 Suspicion Tex Williams
013 Tennessee Saturday Night Red Foley
014 Tennessee Waltz Cowboy Copas
015 I Love You So Much It Hurts Jimmy Walkely
016 Seaman Blues Ernest Tubb
017 A Heart Full Of Love Eddy Arnold
018 I'll Hold You In My Heart Eddy Arnold
019 Rock And Rye Tex Ritter
020 Forever Is Ending Today Ernest Tubb
021 Blue Shadows On The Trail Roy Rogers
022 Cool Water Sons of the Pioneers
023 I Love You So Much It Hurts Floyd Tillman
024 Then I Turned Eddy Arnold
025 Who Me Tex Williams
026 Tennessee Moon Cowboy Copas
027 What A Fool I Was Eddy Arnold
028 Buttons And Bows Gene Autry

Eddy Arnold - Anytime 
Aren't you glad you were born in the time of the Chocolate Chip Cookie?
Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies (Ca 1948)

About This Recipe

"This is from the re-print of the Toll House 1948 cookbook, originally called Chocolate Crunch Cookies."


    • 1 cup butter
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup white sugar
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon hot water
    • 2 1/4 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup chopped nuts
    • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate morsels
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Cream butter.
  2. Add sugars.
  3. Add eggs.
  4. Sift flour and salt.
  5. Dissolve soda in water and add alternately with sifted flour mixture to butter and sugars.
  6. Add nuts and chocolate morsels.
  7. Stir in vanilla.
  8. Drop by half-teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes at 375°F.

 “The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”  
 Milan Kundera, Ignorance
Nostalgia-Homesicknessby JuanCharles

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