52 Ancestors,
in 52 Weeks
Week 46:
Birthday

My Birthday

For this week’s prompt I take a look at my hometown paper on the day I was born. Newspapers provide a synopsis of what is happening in the world, as well as local events. But, they also are a time capsule of product prices, entertainment and sports. It’s interesting to discover the headlines my parents read in the paper on my birthday. But, I did not stop at the front page. I’ve picked out a few items to highlight. Below are select pages, above the fold, from The Indianapolis Star for Thursday, October 29, 1959.

The Indianapolis Star

The Star is the morning paper in Indianapolis and has been published daily since 1903. On October 29, 1959, The Star consisted of 60 pages. I made the clippings below from Newspapers.com. How about these headlines? These could be in a paper today.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Front Page

Salute to Women

I met the woman on the right when I was a child. That’s Tommie Walker (1908-1992), the founder and CEO of Walker Research. She gave a talk to my Girl Scout troop and we participated in research groups to earn money for troop activities.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 9

Universalist Head Backs Merge

My family attended All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church when I was a child. So, I find it interesting the merge between the two religious organizations was happening the day I was born.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 19

Kroger

How about these food prices at Kroger? Three pounds of bacon for $1? I looked up the purchasing power of a 1959 dollar and it’s about $9.50 today. That would make bacon $3.17 a pound, but I just checked Kroger and bacon is $5.49 a pound.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 29

The Funny Page

The comics were more like serialized stories back in 1959, similar to today’s popular graphic novels.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 40

Odds Against Tomorrow

I was interested to see a movie premiere for a Thursday evening. I’ve never heard of this movie, and I watch a lot of old movies. I looked it up and it is “film noire”, which I like, but I could not find it playing anywhere. Although, if I get really curious it is available on DVD.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 42

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this look at my hometown paper from my birthday. There were other items of interest, including the Statistics for the day, the Classified section, the various clothing store ads, the sports pages and stock prices.

Barbara LaFara 1960

SOURCES:

  1. Newspaper, The Indianapolis Star, 29 October 1959, pages 1, 19, 29, 40, 42; Online: https://www.newspapers.com/image/105704927/

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