Quotes from 1955

This one’s for my fellow “history buffs” — 🙂

The other day, I was getting the girls a slurpee on a hot, Saturday afternoon. While stopping in the local hand wash & 7-11 (named thus due to the former hours of operation)…an elderly man sat at a bistro set, presumably, waiting for his car to be washed. Or a ride (hopefully) when one considered the size of his glasses.

In any case, this man openly ogled young girls as they bopped by in their tiny shorts, saying “Hello, sir!” back to him, and giggling. Must be nice to reach that age where you can flirt and be flirted with, with no thought to nerves or inadequacy! It also made me think what such a man — probably hedging close to 90 — has seen change in his day and age. Think cars, computers, phones, internet, mobile devices — then think answering machines, telephones, radio, television… it’s mind blowing.

But, let’s talk archaeological terms: Technically, if it’s over 40 years old, it can be classified as a historical object. (I can say this with confidence, as I’ve got a few years left to be younger than an object you can place in a museum!)

That being said! Here are some doosies from 1955…just passed on to my by my FIL. Enjoy…

‘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.’

🙂 Have a wonderful day! and go hug a senior citizen.


About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

12 responses to “Quotes from 1955”

  1. MarthaE says :

    Well I guess I qualify as a historical object !! Those are some quotes… and during my lifetime although I was a mere child!

  2. Cheryl St.John says :

    These are great!

  3. Ashley Ludwig says :

    Thanks, Cheryl!

    It’s amazing how much things have changed in just a short span of history. Thanks for coming over to my blog! and for all the tips. Looking forward to your seminar… Please share the link here if you like!


  4. Ashley Ludwig says :


    LOL – you’re a historical object! I won’t tell anyone if you don’t. 🙂 Be wary of museums.

    Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.


  5. Ashley Ludwig says :

    Thanks, everyone – for stopping by.
    Name your favorite, or add a new one!


  6. Joyce Moore says :

    That post about 50s sayings was too funny! Actually, I should admit it but I can almost remember those very words!

  7. Ashley Ludwig says :

    Joyce! thanks so much for stopping by… That’s so hilarious!

    No harm in admitting it — embrace it! where we’ve been makes us who we are…

    Many thanks for your comment! and thanks for stopping in!


  8. Donnie says :

    I’m a historical object too. And I have a quote:

    “IBM shipped its first commercial computer, the IBM 702, which has an electrostatic storage capacity of 10,000 characters.”

    This fabulous computer, which leased for about $70,000/month of today’s dollars, occupied a vast amount of space, weighed more than 52,000 lbs, required 21 tons of air conditioning, and boasted an elephant-like 10K RAM.

    10K is just enough to contain the bare text of this post, after removing formatting, links, menus, titles, HTML, CSS, and anything that is not text.

    The processing power of my 2-year-old $14-dollar MP3 player is roughly equivalent to the collective capabilities of 100,000 of these 1955 machines.

    As astonishing as that may all seem, computing in general will see more progress in the next 12 months than all the progress that took place between 1955 and now.

    O.K. Sorry about that. I’m a computer programmer, you know? Please feel free to move on to the next comment.

  9. Ashley Ludwig says :

    Donnie – I LOVE your comment.

    What does it say about the wave of enthusiasm 10k of storage could contain — that the next 2 years. I’m so sending this to my http://www.mamawriters.com geeky friend, Anne, who would go gaga for knowledge like this.

    I always think on how much the world changed for my grandparents, born before 1910 – who saw so much change. There’s a book I want to send you… I have to look up the name, but it’s something like “The Next 100 years” — looking at where we’ve been to determine where we’re going.

    Fascinating stuff! thanks for reading…


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