Ravings and Rantings

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Giggle Time

OK I realize this applies to your PARENTS more than you (and sort of me)...but show them this anyway. They'll laugh....thanks to Peter again
This is fun, even if you can't remember 1957
I know some of you are not old enough to remember but this email below was put together in a great way, hope you enjoy it.

Remember this?
The following were some comments made in the year 1957:
(1) "I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, itsgoing to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20.00."
(2) "Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long when$5,000 will only buy a used one." (3) "If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter apack is ridiculous."
(4) "Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just tomail a letter?"
(5) "If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."
(6) "When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in thegarage,"
(7) "Kids today are impossible. Those ducktail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls,"
(8) "I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. 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."
(9) "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."
(10) "Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for$75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday that they will be making more than the President."
(11) "I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now"
(12) "It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet."
(13) "It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hiresomeone to watch their kids so they can both work."
(15) "I'm just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to awhole lot of foreign business."
(16) "Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takeshalf our income in taxes.. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the bestpeople."
(17) "The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriouslydoubt they will ever catch on." (18) "There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend. Itcosts nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel."
(19) "No one can afford to be sick any more, $35.00 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood."


  • At 8/19/2005 11:22:00 PM, Blogger braindead said…

    hahaha.. those were really funny. ignorant 1957! .."damn" and "hell" in every movie..lol
    are any of those 57ers still around?

  • At 8/20/2005 12:40:00 AM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    ummm me, but I was 5 years old at the time...

  • At 8/20/2005 12:56:00 AM, Blogger cookie said…

    Haha...aaah yes...back in the day..err actually I don't know what the hell I'm talking about...I can still clearly remember the 80s though..

    Great post. Thanks for making me smile Miss Jones

  • At 8/20/2005 01:23:00 AM, Blogger Danielle said…

    that cracks me up! 5 cents for a letter...

  • At 8/20/2005 03:30:00 AM, Blogger jipzeecab said…

    Things weren't even as expensive as suggested by this list before the "predictions".
    For the longest time a first class stamp was only .03 a postcard .02. The price never doubled it would go up a penny every five years.
    You could still buy new cars for less that $2,500 in 1968.
    I was paying .24 a gallon in 1968!
    The "Texas" astronauts comment didn't exist. The original astronauts trained at Cape Canaveral. NASA didn't move to Texas until the early 60's when Kennedy/Johnson ticket went to the Whitehouse.
    When Babe Ruth played in the thirties he had a contract that paid $100,000 a year..more than the President at that time..(of course he didn't have all those "Presidential perks". Mickey Mantle got $ 75,000 from the Yankees in the late 50's.
    Boys had flat tops back in 1957..the most radical hair thing was a "mohawk" where the barber left hair in the middle and shaved the side of a boys head and that was around 1959/60..Beatles were the first to move toward long hair (bangs over the forehead was the gripe) and that wasn't until 1964.
    People who had high incomes paid huge marginal income tax rates back then..80 % was the highest rate. Minimum wage was still under a dollar in the mid sixties.. of course as a teenager I might have been exempt from the law but I remember making .50 an hour lifeguarding in 1964.
    "Gone with the Wind" was in the theaters before WWII.
    My family went on a vacation in the midwest in 1957 and most nights we paid $ 13 or $ 14. When we got to Chicago the only place we could find to stay was the "Sands" in Chicago for $20 but it had a POOL!

  • At 8/20/2005 03:59:00 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said…

    You know the worst part of it all? Gas may have gone up 10 times, but $35 a day at a hospital? It's gone up like 30 times, at least.

  • At 8/20/2005 06:14:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    Andre, welcome back! Lovely to hear from you.

    Danielle,welcome to the zoo

    jipzee--just curious, how old are you? Do you remember ads for Burger Chef (just a nickle and a dime will get french fried potatoes, a big thick shake and the greatest fifteen cent hamburger yet?)? You're right Cape C was where the astronauts went, but it wasn't built until after Kennedy died. It was supposed to be in MAss originally.

    ZS DANG that's a big jump...


  • At 8/20/2005 08:09:00 PM, Blogger jipzeecab said…

    59..I don't remember the "Burger Chef" ads but I do remember "Burger Chef". I coached the Zanesville, Ohio YMCA swim team in 1966-67 and every small city in Southern Ohio had a Burger Chef which we would go to after each of our away swimming meets. As I remember it Burger Chef had its own version of the "Big Boy Hamburger" called a "Big Chef" for .15 at the time..This was about 6 years before McDonalds started marketing their knockoff "the Big Mac."
    Cape C was where our space program originated with orbiting satellite launches etc. When Kennedy died it was renamed Cape Kennedy and LBJ as President moved the Hdqtrs to Houston. Sometime during the 80's the name of the Cape was changed back to "Canaveral".
    Today we are paying for all the medical technology and specialist technicians that didn't exist back in the fifties + the malpractice insurance etc.
    Besides Medecine the other thing that has far outstripped inflation is college educations. The private college education which I got between 1964 and 1968 cost $ 3,000 a year. Today the same program costs $ 30,000 per year.

  • At 8/20/2005 10:33:00 PM, Blogger bsoholic said…

    OMFG! Being born in 77 I obviously don't remember 57, but 25 cents a pack of smokes! :O I catch myself saying "It was great when I could get a pack of smokes for a dollar twenty."


  • At 8/21/2005 01:26:00 AM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    Zippy It's nice to talk to someone else who remembers those times. I'm 53 going on 153. My dad worked with NASA during the unmanned flight years (he was a hotshot in the computer programming world back then).

    How times change...

    Bsoholic, I always swore I'd never bore folks with stories of the old days, and here I am doing it to you! Sorry....lol.....

  • At 8/21/2005 02:55:00 AM, Blogger jipzeecab said…

    My late Father was a plate fabrication civil engineer who among other things designed "space simulators" which were used in preparation for the Appolo missions. He also was a computer programmer who developed a lot of early engineering software.

  • At 8/21/2005 03:15:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    jipzee, I wonder if our dads worked together? Wouldn't that be cool.....


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