1955 Was a Very Good Year

1955Chevy.jpgComments  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  $20.00.

‘Have  you seen the new cars coming out next  year?   It  won’t be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a used  one.

Which change would you most like to reverse?


‘If  cigarettes keep going up in  price, I’m  going to quit. A quarter a pack is  ridiculous.

‘Did  you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime  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 29 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 $75,000 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  congress.

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

There  is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore  for a weekend, it  costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a  hotel.

No  one can afford to be sick  anymore, at  $35.00 a day in the hospital it’s too rich for my  blood.’

If  they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget  it.’

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://krusekronicle.typepad.com Michael W. Kruse

    The moral? The more things change the more they stay the same.

  • John Meadows

    That 50 cent haircut one, must be where hippies came from! I wonder what the difference is in real dollars in the prices when corrected for inflation and increased wages. I remember in college working for $5.00 an hour and wondering if I could really work hard enough to be worth that much. Oops just intimated my age. That would have been 1968 or so.

  • http://joeyspiegel.wordpress.com Joey

    My father was born in 1955 so I’m glad that year came to be.

  • Ted M. Gossard

    I just had to stop and say, “Wow, what a beauty of a car.”
    And to think, I used to dislike those as a kid, as we were getting into the boxes that would dominate the car market for some time after.

  • http://www.leadership101.wordpress.com Rich Landosky

    The ’55 Chevy was always my favorite car from that era. While everyone drooled over the ’57, the simplicity of the nose on the ’55 just made it look so much tougher and faster. I remember the first ’55 Chevy model I made as a kid – black with flame decals on the side. I’m guessing it probably got blown up with firecrackers like the rest of them did.
    I was just talking with someone about how crazy the changes over the last 10-15 years have been. Being a youth pastor now for 24 years, things are so different now compared to even 1985. As we look at change and innovation within the church (which needs to always be happening), we younger folks (and, yup, still considering 41 “younger”) need to remember that some of our older brothers and sisters really have seen a lot of change and how difficult it might be for them. 29 cents a gallon – $4.00 a gallon. 50 cents for a haircut – $9 for one today. Slide rules – smart phones. Change isn’t comfortable for most people (I believe it is Mark Twain who is credited with saying, “No one likes change except for a wet baby.”) and some of our brothers and sisters have seen so much it is no wonder they want something in their lives to remain the same. So, it doesn’t become an issue of not changing but rather that we need to learn to manage change well and to do change well and to be sensitive as we go through the process.j5

  • Barb

    that’s the year I started school–don’t want to go back at all–but I do want to keep learning.

  • AHH

    Not to be too pedantic, but several of these don’t match 1955.
    There were no “astronauts” yet in 1955 (especially training in Texas).
    Postage in 1955 was only 3 cents, and didn’t reach 10 cents until 1974.
    Babe Ruth was making $80,000 in 1930, more than President Hoover (Ruth is famously alleged to have said “I had a better year”).
    The top marginal federal income tax rate was much higher in 1955 than it is today (Wikipedia says 91%).
    I suppose to be authentic to 1955, there should be a line about how uppity the you-know-whats are getting, if we let them in our schools next thing you know one will want to be President.
    Amen to comments #1 and #5 about change. Especially #5, and not just for the oldest generation — my wife and I are in our mid-40s and having a hard time dealing with “our” worship service at church changing from a contemporary communal singing style to more of a band-dominated style.


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