Friday, June 14, 2019

The Golden Time in 1959

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I was 8 years old, life was filled with adventure, learning, and ignorance.  I had NO idea about what my parents faced and what things cost.  

This post is not about anything special or imbued with great meaning. It is simply a reflection of that golden time of the 1950s.

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47 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! $35 a day in the hospital!

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  2. Those people must be shocked into a coma by now. And some baseball players make that number with two more zeroes at the end.

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    1. I can't help wonder if the zeroes keep coming.

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  3. I wasn't around for the fifties, I read that they weren't as golden for everyone as they're made out to be, and I sort of wish I'd lived through them. The sixties get all of the attention and glory, but the fifties were eventful.

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    1. The WW2 vets made the 50s what it was. Technology, skilled labor force, ingenuity...they had it.

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  4. I'm smiling as I read Harry's comment. They were golden to us. Our first son was 1 yr old in '59. We married in the mid 50's and I can relate to the statements you published. I no longer smoke, but I can remember vividly when they reached 25 a pack saying: I will QUIT if they ever reach 30 cents a pack. And YEP about the Volkswagen statement. At that time the VW was the only prominent foreign car in the USA.

    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, to quote OLD Bob Hope!
    Have a good day kid! Loved it.
    Sherry & jack

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    1. I had no thought about our 1950s world ever changing.

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  5. Money - that's the eternal subject, and the world looks worse and worse because of it.

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    1. Money, oh how inflation and cost of living changed.

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  6. I was 10 to 19 years old during the 1950s, going from delightful innocence to waking up the injustices of the world.

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    1. It is amazing, those changes in just a few decades.

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  7. I was 9 in '59 … so yes, this sure resonates!

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  8. I was 12 in 1959. The fifties were a time of plenty until the end of the decade. Most families had a car. Nice houses to rent were plentiful. And I made 25 cents an hour for babysitting.

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  9. $25/hour! Now it is nearly $15 or more.

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  10. I was born in the 50's what a decade, and then we had the 60's … great times.
    But I do my best to make today a great time too :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. The 60s--what a time. I love the fashions of the 50s and 60s.

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  11. When Ike was elected, I could suddenly read. I'll always be grateful.

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  12. Sure must roll over in their grave about how much sports stars get paid now.

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  13. I often think back to my childhood. There were indeed so many things that we all did not know and could not possibly know. I wonder what I would go back and tell myself if I could do so.

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  14. Definitely the more things change...
    I suspect those things are (mostly) still being said (with much bigger base numbers).
    When my father first started work in Australia (in the fifties) his wage was 400 pounds a year. Which he told me he thought of us unheard of wealth.

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    1. It would have been, in today's comparison. Wow.

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  15. I was twelve....I just took an internet test that promised to tell me my mental age if I answered all their questions...they said I was twlve. Some things never change I guess.

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    1. 12 was good, yes? We took those tests too, but were never told how we did.

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    1. Isn't it! I remember a loaf of bread being about 25 cents.

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  17. The power of half-a-centry of inflation. Though buying power hasn't changed much.

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  18. I was possibly a twinkle in my father's eye, but I am otherwise unable to relate to 1959. I enjoyed reading comments from those who DID remember it, though.

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  19. For a minute there I was astonished at cigarettes being a quarter, then I remembered being sent around to the corner store to get ciggies for my dad at 2 shillings, roughly equal to 20 cents. In later years, my first husband swore he'd give up smoking if cigarettes became $5 per pack. He didn't give up, and now here in Australia smokes are very expensive, some brands being almost $50 a pack.

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    1. $50 a pack? If that wouldn't make people give up smoking!

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  20. Times sure have changed. People still complain obout those things, all you have to do is update the numbers to todays prices. I remember going to the store to buy cigarettes for my cousin and she wrote a note so I could get them for her. She was sick and the store was on the corner. The cost was 20 cents.
    My youngest sister was born in 59.

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    1. Then kids could walk in with a note, buy the cigarettes. Now, I think kids have to be 18?

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  21. I wasn't born in the 50's either, but it's an era I love, the music and fashion. As soon as I read 1959 I immediately thought of the 3rd February of that year, the day Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash.

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    1. When that happened, I was 8 and knew nothing of that music. We lived in a farm area where 'modern' music was not part of our lives. Now, of course, I recognize the impact of that event.

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  22. I remember even in the sixties when people said, "If parking downtown gets to a dollar a day, I am going to have to reconsider how I get to work!"

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  23. I remember thinking gas at 70 cents the gallon was expensive, and my first comic book was the last 12 cent one...

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    1. That is so funny. I remember those very well. When the comic books were soon 25 cents, I had to scrounge for money.

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