Saturday, March 26, 2011

The good old days

My Mom sent me this as an email - I thought it was not just funny, but very telling. 

Comments made in the year 1955

"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 won’t 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 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."

 "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 hair cut, forget it."

I wonder what Grandma and Grandpa would think about things today??
(thanks for the email Mom)




Scrappy Girl said...

I like those!

Wife Of A Salesman said...

Well Come Back!!! I totally Have a Trampoline... As soon as it is warm enough We are doing it! sounds cozy, I think I wont tell the Salesman until that night, cuz he will think I'm crazy (er).

Ann Marie said...

I LOVED these!!!!!
how times have truly changed.
Makes me sad.

" Hit It......." said...

I am so glad you are back! That picture of $15.00 a day in the hospital -- what a hoot! I paid 22.00 for one Ibuprofen.

gigi said...

My Greadpa thought that the man on the moon was a hoax. It really believed that Hollywood came up with that.

Teachinfourth said...

Wow, times have really changed, haven't they?

Mamafamilias said...

I seriously remember getting a dollar's worth of gas all the time when I was a teenager.

dadbum, I'm old.

Diaper Diva said...

This is great !

Lara said...

That was seriously interesting. However, I wonder how much our salaries have risen along with inflation? I know that when my husband and I were dating, 13 years ago, gas was only 89 cents a gallon that summer! Of course, that was a major dip, but we'd never seen it above 1.50 in our lifetimes and look what's happening now.

Cheeseboy said...

HA! My favorite is the movie one. I think they are now just making swear words up just to shove more in there.

Sue said...

I remember "Dees" hamburgers for 15 cents a piece.

carma said...

OMG. These are priceless. I don't think $1,000 will even get you a used car bumper these days. Some of those predictions were spot on though!!

Jewls said...

Some day our kids are going to write about how funny it is that we complained about gas being 3.50/gallon, etc, etc....crazy!

Heather said...

How would it be? Wow, things have really gone up and gotten out of hand!

I like the last picture! I think Elvis was so handsome!

Cherie said...

Is that crazy or what? I know it is telling and we sound the same but seriously can prices get much higher? I guess so! Scary!

tammy said...

I love the photos with this. And I agree, those drive-in food places will never catch on.

I was trying to explain what a typewriter was to Connor just the other day. It was pretty funny to see his reaction.

Missy said...

I love the Cigarette price...