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What Things Cost in 1951:
Car: $1,800
Gasoline: 27 cents/gal
House: $16,000
Bread: 16 cents/loaf
Milk: 92 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 269
Average Annual Salary: $4,200
Minimum Wage: 75 cents per hour



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1951 Ford

  • FEBRUARY: DuMont established the first international hook-up (with Cuba)

  • Milton Berle gets 30 year $100,000 per year contract to do 360 shows.

  • JUNE: 13,000,000 television sets in the USA

  • SEPTEMBER 4th: First coast-to-coast telecast (President Truman speaks)

  • OCTOBER 15th:  I Love Lucy show premieres on CBS

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