S: The 1950s
FC: Linda Joyce Morrison | The 1950s!
1: 1950 Joyce & Jack Morrison at home in West Miami. Below: 3 year old son Tommy with Grandparents Hazel & Clifton Morrison & Uncle Gene Morrison. | Ahh, the 1950s!! The Korean War, the Cold War. Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, ELVIS! Elizabeth Taylor in "Father of the Bride," "Harvey" with Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr in "An Affair to Remember." TV really takes off: "I Love Lucy," "Davy Crockett," "Howdy Doody," "Father Knows Best," "Ozzie & Harriett," "Mickey Mouse Club," "Ed Sullivan." Eisenhower years. Alaska and Hawaii become states. Cost of a loaf of bread: $0.14, "The Power of Positive Thinking," Hula Hoops, fast food!
2: September 2, 1951 Linda Joyce Morrison enters the world! Below middle: The nursery (in early color) Below right: A pregnant mom with good friends Betty & John Fatool, and Carolyn & Herman Von Schade ... & Tommy | 1951 "The King & I" on Broadway Color television introduced "Rock & Roll" "The African Queen" Cost of a first-class stamp:$0.03
3: Tommy meets his new sister, just a few days old | (All of the future grandkids - Amy, Jen, Russell & Chris - used this same bassinet)
4: 2 weeks old | With grandmothers Nana and Aon | Tom Wood "POP" -Mom's father | Leon Wood "AON" -Mom's mother | Hazel Morrison "Nana" -Dad's mother
5: One month - 3 1/2 months
6: 2 months | Christmas 3 1/2 months | 3 months
7: 1952 Elizabeth II becomes Queen of England "Today" begins on NBC "The Honeymooners" "Singing In the Rain" Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03 | 4 months (Mom, Aon & Tommy) | 5 months
8: We went to the beach a lot! These pictures were probably taken at Matheson Hammock. I was 6 months old. Matheson Hammock opened in 1930 as the first county park of Dade County. It featured a man-made atoll pool, which was flushed naturally with the tidal action of adjacent Biscayne Bay. The park was built by the CCC.
9: 7 months old
10: Back to the beach at 8, 9 and 10 months
11: Back in water...though not at the beach! 11 months
12: First Birthday 9/2/52 | 11 months
13: 10 | 13 and 14 months
14: 14-15 months | My Grandfather Tom Wood
15: Christmas 1952
16: 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of USA Richard M. Nixon, Vice-President. TV Guide premiers-"Little Ricky Ricardo" on cover. "From Here to Eternity" Average Cost of new house $9.550.00 Average wages per year $4,000.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 20 cents Average Cost of a new car $1,650.00 | 16-19 months
17: Easter | Easter Top, L-R Aon, ?, Aunt Jennie Mae Wood, Aunt Lillian Wood, ?, Larry Wood, Aunt Mary T Wood, Granny (Pop's mother Mary Susan Wood) Bottom, L-R Dad, Tommy, Donny Wood
18: Crandon Park 20 months
19: We also spent a lot of time at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, especially at the zoo! These postcards are circa 1950s. The land Crandon Park occupies was once part of the largest coconut plantation in the United States, operated by William John Matheson and his heirs. In 1940 the Matheson family donated 808.8 acres of their land to Dade County (now Miami-Dade County) for a public park. In return, county commissioner Charles H. Crandon promised that the county would build a causeway to Key Biscayne. World War II delayed construction, but the causeway opened in 1947. At one time Crandon Park also included a zoo, occupying 48 acres of the park. The first animals in the zoo, including some lions, an elephant and a rhinoceros, had been stranded when a circus went out of business in Miami. Some Galapagos tortoises, monkeys and pheasants were added from the Matheson plantation. Other animals were added, including a white Bengal tiger. | This bridge is in the zoo. It is the first place I saw a Manatee! That's what all the people are looking at! | This is a little train you could ride around Crandon!
20: At Crandon Park Pop, Aunt Mary T, Granny, Aunt Lillian, Tommy, Uncle Nelson, Donny, Aunt Jennie May, ? Mom and Dad | At Tom Wood Truck Equipment Dad & Pop in their offices; Aon serving at a reception.
21: Summertime! | Outside the house in West Miami
22: 2 Years Old September 2, 1953
23: There aren't many pictures of Poppy (Clifton Emuel Morrison), here are a few. | Granny's (Mary Susan Turlington Wood) brithday was Christmas so Mom usually hosted a party for her on Christmas Eve | Poppy, Me, Mom, Aon, Pop, Tommy and Nana | Uncle Lee Abbott, Aon, Aunt Peggy Abbott, Peggy Lee, Pop
24: 1954 Bill Haley & The Comets "Rock Around the Clock" "The Caine Mutiny," "Sabrina," "A Star is Born" with Judy Garland NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe Elvis Presley records his debut single, "That's All Right" Walt Disney's 1st TV show, "Disneyland," premieres on ABC | EASTER 1954
25: With Tommy, Mom and Linda Ann Simon
26: Take me out to a ballgame! Don't know where or when. but that is Aon, Pop and Dad showing me how~
27: On vacation at a Miami Beach hotel
28: 3 Years Old | In pic above - Alice Fatool In pic below - Linda Ann Simon & Marilyn Cribben
29: In these pics - The Draper family from Michigan. Ann Draper is Mom's cousin, husband Bud and kids Mary, Buddy and Cliff. Also in pics - Aon, Pop, Nana and Poppy. | Christmas