Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Time Capsule Fun

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1) Go to the dMarie Time Capsule Website –

2) Select a date in your family history that you want to know about. You might pick a birth date or wedding date of your parents or grandparents.

3) Enter the date into the search form, and select the news, songs, toys, books and other things that you want to feature.

4) Share the date, why you picked it, and the results of your Time Capsule study on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a comment or post on Facebook.

Here’s mine:

I chose my parents’ wedding date, 20 December 1952.

Top News Headlines This Week:

Dec 20 – KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane WA (NBC) begins broadcasting  

Dec 21 – Broadway Tunnel opens in San Francisco  

Dec 21 – WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend IN (CBS) begins broadcasting  

Dec 22 – French government of Pinay, resigns  

Dec 22 – WSBA (now WPMT) TV channel 43 in York PA (IND) begins broadcasting  

Dec 28 – Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game  

Top Songs for 1952

Why Don’t You Believe Me by Joni James    

Wheel of Fortune by Kay Starr    

Kiss of Fire by Georgia Gibbs    

Half As Much by Rosemary Clooney    

You Belong to Me by Jo Stafford    

Glow-Worm by Mills Brothers    

I Went to Your Wedding by Patti Page    

Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart by Vera Lynn    

Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson    

Slow Poke by Pee Wee King    

US President

Harry S. Truman

US Vice President

Alben W. Barkley

Since I’m Australian, I decided to check Google for the Australian Prime Minister in 1952. It was Robert Menzies.

1952 Prices















Avg Income:


Min Wage:


DOW Avg:


Here in Australia, we were still using Pounds, shillings, and pence.

 I decided to check the prices here in Australia in 1952, and came across the following on the State Library of Victoria website

YEARBread (4lb loaf)Milk (quart)SugarButter (lb)Potatoes (lb)Tea (lb)
19508d11d5d26d24d36d (9lb)

 I’ve also included their handy conversions.

12 pence(d) = 1 shilling (s)

20 shillings = 1 pound (£)

1 pound (£) = $A2.00

Conversion of £ s.d.  to dollars and cents (fromDecimal currency, 1965, ABS)

Pence     Whole cents

1              1
2              2
3              2
4              3
5              4
6              5
7              6
8              7
9               8
10             8
11             9

Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: The Greatest Show On Earth Produced By Cecil B. Demille

Best Actor: Gary Cooper in High Noon

Best Actress: Shirley Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba

On TV in 1952

The Ed Sullivan Show   

Time for Beany   

I Love Lucy   

What’s My Line?   

Your Show of Shows   

The Burns and Allen Show   


We didn’t get TV in Australia until 1956, so my parents wouldn’t have seen any of these shows in 1952, but I remember seeing I Love Lucy when I was growing up.

Hot New Toys in 1952


Matchbox Cars   

Mr. Potato Head   

Top Books in 1952

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes    

Vermeer by Lawrence Gowing    

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison    

One thought on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Time Capsule Fun

  1. 1952 was a great year – I was born then! I had no idea Mr. Potato Head came out that year, not that The Invisible Man was published.I guess Time for Beany didn’t last long and I’ve heard of Your Show of Shows, but never saw it. All the others were childhood staples.


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