Technology of 1954
Jonas Salk begins the mass inoculation of polio vaccine nationwide. It consists of one big "booster" shot and 3 subsequent injections. Doctors chase millions of children around their offices for two years.
A meteorite crashes through the roof of a rural Sylacauga , Alabama home and hits the occupant Liz Hodges. The only person ever hit by the sky. Liz Hodges.
Regency TR-1 - The first transistor radio in introduced to the public by Texas Instruments. It has an radio. It comes with earpieces for personal listening. Regency TR-1
Toys of 1954
The Whee-lo - The Maggie Magnetic company brought this amazing magnetic toy to market which is still sold today unchanged. It doesn't fall off!
Robert the Robot - From Ideal this toy worked with a cable remote, it talked, it lit up and walked with a cable crank remote control.
Scrabble - Though trademarked in 1948 by James Brunot and "discovered" by Macy's department store in 1952, it was not until 1954 that manufacturing finally met demand. The Scrabble Story.
The Year That Was
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Fiftes - Ticky Tacky - 1950s
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