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The Year Was 1955








Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 4 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.




never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be
electric. They're 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 fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, 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 haircut, forget it.
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Them was the days. A bottle of pop was a nickel. Dubble Bubble was a penny. I remember a T bone steak and fries was 75 cents at our local greasy spoon. On Tuesdays, a movie and a bag of popcorn was a quarter. Other nights it was a whole quarter to just get in. Popcorn was another dime.
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Them was the days. A bottle of pop was a nickel. Dubble Bubble was a penny. I remember a T bone steak and fries was 75 cents at our local greasy spoon. On Tuesdays, a movie and a bag of popcorn was a quarter. Other nights it was a whole quarter to just get in. Popcorn was another dime.
Yeah and the movies were double features with a slew of cartoons in between. We used to sneak sunflower seeds in but if they caught you with them they would kick you out as they were a real pain to clean up. I guess a lot of the smaller theaters didn't have vacuum cleaners then.
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Saturday. Four hour kids matinee, one or two serials, a couple of usually westerns, and the rest cartoons. For a quarter.

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In Calgary during the 60ís , the worst crime I seen was somebody stole the milk money in the milk chute .
I think we forgot to lock our doors half the time also , and there was never an incident
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In 1955 I was in England and in my second year of school, so I don't remember a lot of detail. Two things I do remember:

1. A few months before we were leaving to go to Canada, our local grocer had something special for us to try - a sample of the food over there: a can of creamed corn. I thought it was awful, and I haven't touched any since.

2. In 1956, one of the last things we had to do before boarding the ship was to turn in the family's ration books. Yes, in 1956 many goods in England were still under wartime rationing! One reason was that the American Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe only applied to Germany, Italy, and the "free" countries formerly occupied by them. Allies? Nope, nothing for them! (At least, that's what I learned then.)

When my family moved from Ontario (Canada) to Colorado (USA) in 1960, there were two big things going on: the centennial of Colorado statehood, and (drumroll) the Post Office was going to increase the price of a stamp AGAIN, up to a NICKEL this time. Outrageous!



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I remember asking my Dad for a quarter to go to the movie and he said what did you do with the quarter I gave you last month.
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I was born in the 60s so I don't remember these, so thanks.
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Similar to Gene, maybe slightly later, I remember 25 cent Saturday matinees at the Roxy (which was originally a hanger). Hot beef with mashed, peas and gravy was 80 cents. Pop was a dime at the restaurant but 2 cents extra to take it out. On a sign at the corner BP gas station, Cigarettes or a Canadian gallon of gas (4.55 liters): 35Ę. In grade nine my buddy's 1200 chopper (hand shift, foot clutch) cost a quarter to fill up. My first car ('64 Olds F85) cost $140 and a bottle for a safety check... The good ole days.

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In 55 I remember Air Raid drills in school, much like fire drills, a bottle of pop for 7 cents and going with dad for a dollars worth of gas in our big old Hudson Hornet. Cigs were about 29 cents but dad smoked Vogue tobacco rollies. Watching him roll one while cruising down the highway no hands was a treat. Me and my brothers would fight over who got to lay in the back window while he was driving. We lived in Winnipeg then. Anyone remember having to put Frost Shields on the car windows in winter?
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