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What A Year It Was! 1955 [Hardcover]

Beverly Cohn


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April 1997
WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! 1955 is a beautiful 176-page hardcover cocktail table book packed with hundreds of original photos, magazine ads and consumer pricing. It is loaded with facts on new products and inventions, advances in science and medicine, hit songs and films, popular radio and television programs, Broadway plays, famous people, the latest look in fashion and, of course, sports winners. Laid out like a college yearbook with zany illustrations, WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! 1955 will instantly take you back in time for a lively, fun look at the people, places and events that shaped world history and changed our lives forever.

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WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! is a nostalgic, entertaining, sometimes tongue-in-cheek look back at the significant and insignificant events of 1955. Despite the ever-constant hydrogen bomb threat and global ideological differences, 1955 was a year filled with innocence, beauty and fascinating people from all walks of life. Rock-and-roll music was just beginning, television was in its "Golden Age" and we saw dramatic breakthroughs in science and technology. The Salk vaccine and the harnessing of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, Disneyland, Davy Crockett hats, the Mouseketeers, the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, the first jet planes ordered for commercial use, electric toothbrushes, Special K and PlayDoh -- all became part of the fabric of our daily lives. And the people... Eddie Fisher married Debbie Reynolds, Clark Gable married Kay Williams Spreckels, Princess Margaret reluctantly gave up her handsome Group Captain Peter Townsend, Albert Einstein died and Kevin Costner and Yo-Yo Ma were born. Gregory Peck and William Holden were movie idols and Lionel Hampton dazzled Israeli audiences with his jazzed-up version of the Hora. Dwight D. Eisenhower was President, Richard M. Nixon, Vice President, Greta Garbo turned 50 and Lee Meriwether was Miss America. The Dodgers won their first World Series, the New York Yankees were the home run kings, and Rocky Marciano remained the undefeated World Heavyweight champion. What about you? Where were you in 1955? Was that the year you were born or got married, graduated high school or college or perhaps started your business? Whatever personal meaning 1955 holds for you, WHAT A YEAR IT WAS! will bring a smile to your face as you relive that very special time.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Aug. 13 2005
By M. Berray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was purchhased for my parent's 50th anniversary party. It was a big hit with all of the people there. I saw that the book brought back memories of the fifties to my parents and provided a visual for them to share some of their life with the grandchildren in a way that was fun and entertaining. A great keepsake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Year It Was! 1955 Oct. 8 2005
By M. J. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is Amazingly full of detail and information ! I bought it for my brother's 50th birthday and everyone loved it. It's cover and 'presentation' is extraordinary and 'rich' looking. My brother loves trivia and learning new things and reading. This book will give him many hours of pleasurable reading and learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift Feb. 19 2006
By Ladybug Q - Published on Amazon.com
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What a Year It Was! makes a terrific gift for someone reaching a milestone birthday. I have received this as a gift for my "50th", and have since given it to others reaching their milestone birthday.
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories Nov. 5 2010
By Emmy Lou Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are among the more fortunate people who have good memories of your life and times, consider buying a copy of this publication relating to the year you wish to recall. Our purchase of 1955 is because that is the year my husband and I were married. And this year 2010 is the 55th anniversary of the marriage which started in 1955. ELA
3.0 out of 5 stars FAIR May 31 2009
By Rosina A. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS BOOK WAS IN GOOD SHAPE WHICH I ORDERED AS A GIFT AND THE SELLER DID NOT TELL ME THAT IT WAS WRITTEN IN ON THE INSIDE, SO I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED IN IT, BUT OVER ALL THE BOOK WAS IN GOOD CONDITION. THANKS.

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