This is a guest post from Kristal Howard of Kroger – one of the generous sponsors of our current Texas! The Exhibition. She’s sharing a fascinating look back at the year 1955 – and an opportunity to win $50 in Kroger gift cards plus tickets to see Texas!
The world around us is constantly changing and evolving. No year is ever the same. Current events, music artists and gas prices trend differently from year to year.
Imagine a world where gas is 23 cents a gallon, minimum wage is $1 per hour and the average home costs $11,000! In 1955, this was reality for Americans.
In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in office and the wording “In God We Trust” was added to all U.S. paper currency.
In the mid-50s, popular television programs included “Lassie,” “The Twilight Zone” and “Perry Mason.” Do any of these shows ring a bell?
Elvis Presley rocked the music scene and had fans all shook up. Other successful rock-and-rollers during this era were Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Fats Domino.
Films “Oklahoma,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” featuring legendary actor James Dean, and “The Seven Year Itch” hit the big screen.
|Texas! The Exhibition begins with Texas first indigenous residents
– and runs all the way through the Spindletop era.
Did you know that some of today’s leading pop culture icons and inventors were born in 1955? Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple, and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, claim 1955 as their birth year.
Disneyland opened its doors on July 17 in Anaheim, California and “The Mickey Mouse Club” debuted on ABC the same year. Another entertainment option debut included the first edition of the widely-popular “Guinness Book of World Records.”
On the home front, the average monthly rent was $87 and the median household income was $4,130. More than 7.9 million cars were sold in the U.S. this year with 7 out of 10 families owning a motor car. This year also marked the passing of new legislation that required seat belts to be installed in all new cars.
This year marked the beginning of the fast food craze. The first McDonalds opened for business and TV dinners grew in popularity when the Tappan Stove Co. introduced the home microwave oven, which retailed for $1,300! Despite the emergence of quick food options, grocery stores were still in demand in 1955. Locally, Kroger entered the Houston market after acquiring the Henke and Pillot chain.
Are you interested in seeing how far $50 will go in 2011?
Leave us a comment on this post with your favorite history fact, and you’re entered to win $50 in Kroger gift cards and four tickets to see Texas! The Exhibition at HMNS! We’ll choose a winner at random on Friday, Aug. 5 – so get your entry in!