Royce Shook

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Comments from 1955

Comments made in the year 1955, not sure where I got this but it is fun to look back.

'I'll tell you one thing if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00.

Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It will not be long before $1,000.00 will only buy a used one.

If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.

I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies anymore ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.

'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.

'I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.

'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet. It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.

The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for my blood.'

If they think I'll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.

Know any friends who would get a kick out of these, pass this on! Be sure and send it to your kids and grandkids too


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Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #9

Couldn't agree more about many who are self-serving today running for Office. I remember when my mom used to send me to the store and bread was 10 cents a loaf... I remember when cigarettes were 50 cents out of the machine. Naw, I never smoked... not me LOL. Gas 50 cents a gallon and that was in the 70's. Yes, with wages and inflation prices will always rise. It's still amazing to look back. Ken Boddie, great research, I had no idea McDonalds opened their first establishment then!

Royce Shook

4 years ago #8

Joyce, I remember we rented our first house after we were married for about $40 a month, and we moved out when they raised the rent to $50.

Royce Shook

4 years ago #7

Living in Canada the first MacDonalds was not open until 1967 and in the 50's there were not a lot of fast food places where we lived. I too embrace change and believe like you Ken that I should be in charge of what I embrace. Nutrition is still a big issue for many of us, and we sometimes forget that this has not always been the way. I did not know any of the information you added to the post, thank you

Royce Shook

4 years ago #6

I also remember when cigarettes were that cheap, but when all my friends started smoking at university, I had to choose between smoking and having money for food. You are right, Susan we still have the same complaints about high prices, and some still complain when they raise the minimum wage. Prices were high when you consider the average wage, but I think we were luckier because many of us had a bigger support network back then.

Royce Shook

4 years ago #5

Lisa I agree it is tough running your own business, and I believe that maybe in 1955 the best did run for office, but today many who run for office, are more self-serving. We think costs have gone up, but in those days the average yearly wage was only $3,301.44, so while we look back and think wow prices were low, for those working those costs were still high.

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #4

This appeals to my Scots heritage, Royce, and so, your list inspired me to do a bit of research. As a consequence of this, wasn't 1955 such a great year for nutrition? - NOT! - Bird's Eye fish fingers were first marketed; - Coca Cola was sold in cans, instead of just bottles; and - McDonalds opened its first eating establishment. I'm willing to embrace change (after about 62 years or so), but, for goodness sake, let me choose what I embrace! 😝
The more things change, the more things stay the same -- prices have gone up, but we still about most of the same things! And I do remember cigarettes costing about a dollar a few years later, when I first started smoking -- that was A LOT of money in the early '60s!
I remember the rent for our large apartment was $11.00 a week. Holy crap!!

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #1

Holy crap! 2.00/night for a hotel? Wow, these are amazing. It's like the movie, "Back to the future." This one stood out, "Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government." Being self employed, we do pay over 30% in taxes along with 100 % for our health care premium each month, WC & Liability.... and more. SO, being in business for yourself is not always what it appears. Must love doing what you do. As for the rest of the comments you posted above, I wonder what people will be saying 20 years from now? Amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

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