A bit of American Nostalgia…

Memories of a bygone era!

Question: Were things really that much better?

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 $20.”

“Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $2000 will only buy a used one.”

“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, 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.”

“Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to  stay groomed. Next  thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.”

“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.”

“Marriage doesn’t mean a thing anymore; those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.”

“I’m just 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 a night to stay in a hotel.”

“No one can afford to be sick anymore; $35 a  day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.”

“If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a haircut,  forget it.”

The truth is, I’d have to say that I really think there was more innocence back then, in the fifties; but economically speaking, sure things cost less back then, but people also made less too.

However, you also have to consider the buying power of the dollar was greater then, too… as to what a dollar was worth, and what you could get for a dollar, as compared to what you can buy today.

Over the years, inflations has eroded the buying power of our US Dollar considerably.

Check out the following:

Money and Inflation 1950’s

To provide an estimate of inflation we have given a guide to the value of $100 US Dollars for the first year in the decade to the equivalent in today’s money.

If you have $100 Converted from 1950 to 2005 it would be equivalent to $835.41 today.

In 1950 a new house cost $8,450.00, and by 1959 it was $12,400.00.

In 1950 the average income per year was $3,210.00 and by 1959 was $5,010.00

In 1950 a gallon of gas was 18 cents and by 1959 was 25 cents

In 1950 the average cost of new car was $1,510.00 and by 1959 was $2,200.00 More Cars and Car Prices

A few more prices from the 50’s and how much things cost

Chrysler New Yorker $4347

Chevrolet Corvette $3631 1958

Mens All Wool Suits $28.90

Square dance Cotton Check Dress $3.29

Electric Portable Singer Sewing Machine $19.90

Ronson Electric Shaver $28.50

Rib Roast 29 cents per pound

Ritz Crackers 32 cents

Rollaway Beds $14.95

Ring 1 carat Diamond $399.00

Mechanical Adding Machine $3.98

More Examples on Specific pages

Food Prices Clothes Prices Electrical Prices Furniture Prices

Example of a home from 50’s

1951 River Frontage Lot Sheboygan Wisconsin 1 1/2 Acres River front plot on Sheboygan River $750

Example of the types of cars available and prices in the 50’s

Cadillac Convertible 1959

Tailfins the ultimate car with tailfins produced by Cadillac with the chrome to go with it and a 325 Horsepower engine and power anything and everything

Prices From $5,400

1958 Nash Metropolitan

The Metropolitan foreign small car with sports car flavor

Prices From $1,626

Aerocar 1951

The car with the built in freeway

This seemed like a good idea , wonder why it never caught on

Prices From $10,000

Austin Healey 1958

Powerfull twin Carb, 102 HP, Hydraulic Brakes, 4 speed synchromesh transmission 2 occasional rear seats

Here is our real problem:

And here is the cause:

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

~ Thomas Jefferson, 1802

We are being robbed, folks; and our country, on purpose mind you, is being forced into bankruptcy; and all of this is owed to our now over 12 Trillion Dollar national debt; and the continued overspending of our Federal government.

The Bankers have given our politicians, what amounts to an open ended line of credit; and when there is a need for more cash, all they do is turn on the printing presses, and print more fiat money! This fiat money is what fuels inflation, which in turn further lowers the buying power of our US Dollar.

The design is to weaken us to the point where we will eventually be forced into a position, as foretold in the Bible, where nations will not be able to buy or sell, without they accept the “New World Order”, that will eventually lead to the “Mark of the Beat,” and the One World Government!

Whether or not the United States will be a “Sheep Nation,” that remains loyal to the Lord; or a “Goat Nation,” by default, that has been forced to capitulate to the demands of this “New World Order,” I believe will depend on whether or not the church prays… and whether we implement 2 Chronicles 7:14? Selah


Skip Barland


This is an open forum where we look into and investigate the Rhema Mysteries of God's Word; and also other issues of importance for our day and time.

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