The things that were said in 1955… 257



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In 1955, people said some things that sound pretty funny now… and tonight we take a giggle at them from today’s perspective…

“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 more than 20 cents a litre. 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 in America!”


“I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.  They’re even making electric typewriters now.”

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“It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays.  I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.”


“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.”


“The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.”


“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.”


Do you remember thinking these? Or perhaps you heard your parents talking about the world like this! What things happened to remind you the world is changing rapidly? Share your memories in the comments below… 

Brian Edmonds

Born Sydney 8th September 1944 Retired and recently moved to Tropical North Queensland and loving it. My background is in resort hotels, 12 years with Club Med changing countries twice yearly. Based in Paris for 10 years, fluent in French and get by in Spanish after a total of 2 years In Mexico. Have spent 12 years as a volunteer presenter on community radio and just about to start again in Cairns. Volunteer fire fighter for 18 years where I met my lovely wife. Interested in all things community.

  1. Bit further along, I remember the uproar when Jean Shrimpton wore a skirt to the races in Australia that showed her knees. How good is it that we can now wear what we like, when we like? I remember as a child having to wear a hat and gloves to go out. Then a dress stockings hat and gloves. Then later on a pants suit. That goodness for the mini skirt and the shift in ideas in the 60s.

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    • My first job Jeanette, I wore white gloves and a proper suit I was sixteen! how weird that would seem now.

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