Monday, March 17, 2008

First Day of Spring 1958

We couldn't resist one more snow scene from our historical collection.
This photograph, taken by Max Hubacher on Friday, March 21, 1958, shows the Gibson Long Island Railroad station after a record snowfall.
As the blizzard paralyzed the Eastern Seaboard, The New York Times reported that the snow was responsible for loss of power to over 150,000 homes on Long Island. At Idlewild Airport, two planes skidded on the runway, collapsing their nose wheels, but without injury.

According to Bosley Crowther's review, the storm marred the opening of Danny Kaye's new movie , "Merry Andrew" and the Easter Show at Radio City Music Hall.

  • The #1 novel on the Times best-seller list was Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver.
  • Please Don't Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr, Art Linkletter's Kid's Say the Darndest Things and Bernard Baruch's My Own Story topped the non-fiction list.
  • A postage stamp cost 3 cents (in August it would go up to 4 cents!!)
  • Billboard magazine hadn't yet produced it's first Top 100 list of popular songs, (That, too, would come in August.)
    Last, but not least, Elvis Presley had just a few more days of civilian life to enjoy before being inducted into the Army, on March 24, 1958.

    It all happened fifty years ago this week!

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