Iowa City, Johnson County, and Eastern Iowa history, as seen through the eyes of postage stamps, postcards, letters, coins, books, and other collectibles.
Our Iowa Heritage: Iowa Celebrates: The 1950’s.
July 10, 1951. Marty Boller . . . reporting for duty.
(M-0065)July 1951 – Norman Rockwell’s artwork featured on the Saturday Evening Post of July 14, 1951 shows a concerned father explaining the ‘facts of life’ with his embarrassed son.
Let’s start with a few interesting collectibles from 1951…
(M-0023) A 1951 50-cent piece minted in Philadelphia.
(M-0061) (M-0062) A 1951 Henry County License Plate Yes, I collect license plates as well, so I have one for me, and one for Sandy (Indiana – 1950). (L-0079) Plus, here’s a cool Iowa Highway Map from 1951. Click here to see it in more detail.
Wayland, Iowa – my hometown from 1951-1957.(S-0038) Pre-cancelled stamp in Wayland, Iowa and (M-0109)1952 Wayland phone book featuring the Bollers on page 3.
So, since this is my decade (1950’s)…let me also share a few postcards with some personal significance…
Now…for some random postcards and covers from the fabulous 1950’s…
(C-0149) A rare FDC from stamp collector Edward Bartow (1870 – 1958), who was an American chemist and an expert in the field of sanitary chemistry. His career extended from 1897 to 1958 and he is best known for his work in drinking water purification and wastewater treatment. He was well known as an educator (University of Iowa 1920-1940), and his many students went on to leadership positions in the fields of sanitary chemistry and engineering.
Iowa Celebrates: The 1950’s. How can any celebration of the 1950’s be complete without a tribute to the 1956 Hawkeyes. My dad saw his first Iowa football game when he was age 5 (1926 – in Old Iowa Field) and I saw my first Iowa football game when I was age 5 (1956 – Iowa Stadium). Iowa won the Big Ten title that year and won the 1957 Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
(M-0066) Meredith Willson’s Iowa Fight Song debuted on radio on his NBC show, The Big Show, on December 31, 1950 with a 47-piece orchestra and sixteen singers. The song was introduced on campus on February 12, 1951 at the Iowa-Indiana basketball game. Meredith Willson guest-conducted the Hawkeye Marching Band at several Rose Bowl appearances (1957, 1959, and 1982). Click here to read more about The Hawkeye Marching Band.
(M-0048) (M-0046) (M-0047) And so, we end our journey through the 1950’s with these funMJB Coffee andBoller Beverages collectibles!Love that name!