Re: Toyota owners affected by this 2010 recall.Feb 10th, 2010
You're close, I first heard of transistors in 1957 (I was in grade 9) but being sort of a backwards sort of guy I bet they were out in '56.
Mind you, '58 was another big year in history. We must have spent months talking about the fact that the new car models for '58 had 4 headlights (quads) instead of 2. And when the big horizontal fins made their debut on the '59 Chevy, we were awestruck. The '59 Caddy took the award for the biggest fins ever, but I don't think I actually saw one until sometime in the 60s.
The only frustrating part of all these new innovations was that we had to wait months to see real live examples of these things...nobody could afford a new car in the old hometown, so we had to rely on magazine ads to "see" the big new changes!