Archive for March 17th, 2017

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1950

Let’s spring into late March with a look back at 1950 – a time of poodle skirts, drag racing, and bouffant hair styles for men and women (or, maybe I’m just remembering Grease…). Anyway, here are a few notable happenings that year that might spark a memory or two:

Now, how about some literature – or at least a fun read for Spring Break? Below are the books gracing the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of March 19, 1950.



1. The Parasites by Daphne Du Maurier

2. The Egyptian by Mika Waltari

3. The King’s Cavalier by Samuel Shellabarger

4. The Wall by John Hersey

5. The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary

6. Gentian Hill by Elizabeth Goudge

7. Jubilee Trail by Gwen Bristow

8. Mary by Sholem Asch

9. A Rage to Live by John O’Hara

10. One on the House by Mary Lasswell

11. The Pink House by Nelia Gardner White

12. The Diplomat by James Aldridge

13. I, My Ancestor by Nancy Wilson Ross

14. The Strange Land by Ned Calmer

15. A Long Day’s Dying by Frederick Buechner

16. Mingo Dabney by James H. Street



1. The Mature Mind by Harry Allen Overstreet

2. This I Remember by Eleanor Roosevelt

3. The Baby by Simon & Schuster

4. Home Sweet Zoo by Clare Barnes

5. White Collar Zoo by Clare Barnes

6. The Peabody Sisters of Salem by Louise Hall Tharp

7. I Leap Over the Wall by Monica Baldwin

8. Decision in Germany by Lucius Du Bignon Clay

9. Mr. Jones, Meet the Master by Peter Marshall

10. The Road Ahead by John T. Flynn

11. My Three Years in Moscow by Walter Bedell Smith

12. American Freedom and Catholic Power by Paul Blanshard

13. Chicago Confidential by Jack Lait And Lee Mortimer

14. Modern Arms and Free Men by Vannevar Bush

15. A Guide to Confident Living by Norman Vincent Peale

16. The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler