Saturday, August 1, 2020

Vintage 1950s Cars Dodge Coronet

Dodge Coronet,

          The Coronet was an automobile that was marketed by Dodge as a full-size car  in the 1950s, initially the division's highest trim line but, starting in 1955, the lowes trim liner. From the 1965 to 1975 model years the name was on intermediate-sized models. A coronet is a small crown consisting of ornaments fixed on a metal ring.

          The 1955 Coronet dropped to the lower end of the Dodge vehicle lineup, with the Wayfarer and Meadowbrook names no longer used and the Custom Royal added above the Royal, Lancer, and La Femme  Bodies were restyled with help from newly hired Virgil Exner to be lower, wider, and longer than the lumpy prewar style, which in turn generated a healthy boost in sales over 1954.
          1956 was the last year of this body style before the change in 1957, the only differences offered in 1956 from the previous year were trim packages and the new Dodge S-500. suspension. Under the hood, the engine received larger valves, a full-race camshaft, and a double log intake manifold that used two four-barrel Carter WCFB carburetors and a shaved deck for 8.25:1 compression. This all added up to 285 bhp. It was the fastest car from the factory that year.
          1976 was the final model year for the Dodge Coronet, at least so far as the name Coronet was concerned. There were two body styles offered,  only two four-door models, the four-door wagon. and the four-door sedan. The former Dodge Coronet 2-door model  was replaced by the Dodge Charger Sport 2-door model.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Vintage 1950s Parties


          Picnics were a simple box lunch of sandwiches, a refreshing salad in covered watertight cartons, plenty of fruit, cookies or cake, and coffee and milk in vacuum bottles of your choice. Or you could carry along several sandwich spreads, plenty of bread, crackers, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, a pickle relish, etc., and let each person make his or her own sandwiches.

          However, if men were given a choice, most of them would probably vote for the picnic where they can cook at least one dish over the open fire. Folding portable grills which burned charcoal briquettes could be purchased for a reasonable sum. Those worked easily and efficiently on picnics and motor trips where you camped out.  The completed meal was served either buffet or sit-down style from a table set up on the lawn, or if you were on a blanket cuddled up on the beach, in a park or forest.

          Some were small family outings, but the memorable ones were the groups for 20 or more.
          The most common simple picnic consisted of a cold roast beef sandwiches, sliced Swiss cheese on rye bread, celery, olives, cut-up fruit (watermelon), cake, and coffee in a vacuum bottle. For large group,  ladies brought salads or desserts or cuts of meat to be cooked. Men toted the grills, baskets, buckets, and chairs, then took over cooking over an open fire.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

vintage 1950s Food Calico Slaw


I remember this being served at buffet dinners at neighbor's homes, but my mother never made it. It was delicious!

Calico Slaw

2 pkg. lemon Jello                                    1/4 cup diced pimentos
2 cup tomato juice (hot)                           1/4 cup diced green peppers
1/4 cup tomato juice (cold)                      1/4 cup diced celery
1 lemon juice and the zest                      3 cup shredded cabbage
1tsp onion salt                                          1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup mayonnaise

Dissolve Jello into hot tomato juice, blend cold tomato juice, water and onion salt, lemon rind, and juice with mayonnaise. Add to Jello mixture, beat until smooth.

Pour into ice cubes tray, chill until firm around the edges and still soft in center. Turn into a bowl and beat with mixer until fluffy and smooth. Fold in vegetables. Turn into 2 qt. mold, chill until set.
Serves 10-12

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Vintage 1950s Mysteries

Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle

The properties around this triangle of land in Beverly Hills has taken on a mysterious aura.

 On July 7, 1946, Howard Hughes  took a prototype XF-11 reconnaissance aircraft on its maiden flight and crashed into a row of houses. He landed at 808 N. Whittier. 

On June 20, 1947, as Bugsy Siegel sat with his associate Allen Smiley at 801 N. Linden, reading the L. A. Times when an assailant fired at him through the window, hitting him many times, including twice in the head.

Jan Berry of Jan & Dean was in a near-fatal accident in a real-life Dead Man’s Curve on April 1, 1966. His Sting Ray car going 90 MPH crashed into an unexpected parked truck. The accident occurred just a short distance from the fictional site mentioned in the 1964 hit single “Dead Man’s Curve” released two years earlier. Was the song a foreshadow of what was to come?

On November 16, 2010, Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was shot, multiple times, in her car at the corner of Sunset and Whittier. She careened into a street light at 815 N. Whittier. She died from 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Vintage 1950s Food

Such an easy buffet  "show stopper".   Simple to make!

Salad Loaf

The bottom layer is raspberry gelatin filled with sliced RIPE bananas
The middle layer is lemon gelatin smoothed with cream cheese.
The top layer is lime-flavored gelatin with pineapple rounds cut in half and placed in the design.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Vintage 1950s Personalities

Audie Murphy
          While doing in-depth research into 1950s Hollywood for our Skylar Drake Mystery series, we came across Hollywood personalities that shocked and amazed us. Really. You can't make this stuff up!

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy."

          Audi Murphy was the most decorated U.S, soldier of WWII, returning home as a hero. He became an actor starring in his own story, To Hell and Back. Though he was only 21 years old at the end of the war, he had been wounded three times, had earned 33 awards and medals. After the war, he appeared in more than 40 films. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder throughout his life.

          LIFE magazine honored the brave, handsome soldier by putting him on the cover of its July 16, 1945 issue. That photograph inspired actor James Cagney to call Murphy and invite him to Hollywood to begin an acting career. Despite his celebrity, Murphy struggled for years to gain recognition.

          In 1949, Murphy published his autobiography, To Hell and Back. The book quickly became a national bestseller, and in 1955, after much inner debate, he decided to portray himself in the film version of his book. The movie was a hit and held Universal Studio's record as its highest-grossing motion picture until 1975. Murphy would go on to make 44 feature films in all. In addition to acting, he became a successful country music songwriter, and many of his songs were recorded by well-known artists, such as Dean Martin, Jerry Wallace and Harry Nilsson.      

          During his rise to fame, Murphy met and married 21-year old actress Wanda Hendrix in 1949. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1950. He married again in 1951, this time to Pamela Archer, with whom he had two children. Plagued by insomnia and nightmares, a condition that would eventually become known as post-traumatic stress disorder, Murphy became addicted to sleeping pills. In his later years, Audie Murphy squandered his fortune on gambling and bad investments and was in financial ruin.

          He died in a plane crash on May 28, 1971. The aircraft crashed into the side of Brushy Mountain, northwest of Roanoke, Virginia. Murphy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on June 7, 1971, and was given full military honors.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Vintage 1950s Parties


Hawaiian Style
          When it came to Theme Parties in the 1950s, Hawaiian was most popular. The veterans returning from WWII, those who were stationed in Hawaii or South Pacific, longed for the tropical fruits, music, and overall culture. So once they get got their jobs, careers, families, and homes, what better type of party to throw in the summer in their backyard than a Hawaiian Party?

          Soon it was easy to find the leis, ferns, flowers and Hawaiian music to make it as close to the South Sea Islands as they could. The menu usually consisted of the following:
          Chicken Curry, sautéed banana, tropical fruits, green beans almandine and of course  Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

          Popular beverages were Hawaiian Punch, Pineapple punch, Mai Tai and in 1957 the Blue Hawaiian.  And of course, they would never have a party without Martinis.

          If they really wanted to do it big, they hired a Hawaiian band or someone who played the Ukulele or Hula dancers.