The Year Was: 1949


The year was 1949.
Post World War II prosperity began to take shape.
No longer was there a need for rationing as what occurred during the war and folks who had lived through the Great Depression and a World War were beginning to experience an influx of inventions and making enough to afford new electronic products making life easier in the home.
Veterans under the G.I. Bill program were mortgaging homes and able to afford attendance at universities, colleges and trade schools in order to secure better jobs. 
Women who had picked up the load in industry/production for the war effort, like Rosie the Riveter, were now homemakers again; with some continuing professional careers. Women had not yet entered the workforce in any great numbers, those that did were generally in the cosmetic business running operations as managers and CEOs in limited numbers.  

The SkyView Drive-in Movie Theatre opened.
Televisionsbegan an increase in production with society purchasing more TVs. A new type of TV programming appeared which today referred to as Soap Operas. A Pilot TV-37 3-inch screen cost $100 and programming was limited compared to today, programming appeared on black-and-white screens. RCA perfected a system for broadcasting color television, but was not available yet in the market. It was also the first year of the presentation of Emmy Awards for television programming and actors/actresses achievement recognition.
The first Polaroid camera that featured instant photos without dealing with negatives and film processing sold for $89.95.
Automobiles are changing as well and 6.2 million cars were sold in 1949.  Gasoline cost between 17 cents to 26 cents per gallon. New autos cost on the average, $1,420. The first Volkswagen (Beetle) produced in German, known as the People’s Car,developed and sold during the reign of Adolf Hitler is sold for the first time in the United States.
China became a communist country under the leadership of Mao Tse Tung.
Soviet Union achieves nuclear capabilities and tests its first atomic bomb, which increased the tension between East and West, the beginning of the era known as the Cold War.
The average cost of a new house was $7,450.00 and more Americans were purchasing their own homes rather than renting.
The average wage per year was $2,950, and the minimum hourly wage was 70 cents per hour.
You could purchase a dining table with chairs for $100, and it was made of real wood.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was established (NATO).
The Berlin Airlift that provided food and essential supplies to Germans living in Berlin ended, officially on May 12th.
The Geneva Conventionprovides an international agreement concerning treatment of prisoners of war.
The De-Havilland Comet commercial passenger jet airliner performs its first test flight.
The first automatic streetlights are installed in New Milford, Connecticut.
Traveling is getting more affordable and family vacations in the family auto is getting popular.
 
The world’s first commercially available computer is released.
Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell, is published.
The 45-rpm disc record is introduced that provides single hit songs, often with songs on both sides.
Popular songs:
“A” Your Adorable by Perry Como
“Mule Train” by Frankie Laine.
Top Film at Box Office: Twelve O’Clock High.
On Broadway: Rodgers and Hammerstein musical hit, South Pacific, debuts. In 1958 it is adapted to a musical romance film
It was also the year I was born.
 
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