Friday, April 14, 2006

Golden Oldies!!

My mother and step father are married 50 years today!
Congratulations Charles and Jojo!!!!

They have told us so many 1950's stories of what was happening when they were dating and got married in 1956.


People were doing the stroll, the bop, and the jitterbug.

Cars had wings and those little triangular shaped windows that had their own cranks

45 and 78 rpm records

45 rpm

Poodle skirts, petti coats, bobby socks and black and white saddle oxfords and penny loafers

Soda fountains, jukebox, Drive-in movies, Woolworth's lunch counter

American Bandstand, Elvis, Connie Francis, Marilyn Monroe, Pearl Baily

Eisenhower, Korean War, Rosa Parks

Chuck Berry, Fats Domino

Ozzie and Harriet (David and Ricky)

Chrome dinettes, Betty Crocker

Going out dressed to the nines to "Cabaret", Swing, Jive,
My parents have great stories about seeing the jazz and blues greats

Miles Davis, Dizzy, Charlie Parker, Monk, Coltrane

Ella, Billie Holiday, Duke, Count Basie, Lester Young, Lionel Hampton

Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf

Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker

AND this is unbelievable......

Income, average medium for four person family 1956: $5,319.

Coke in 1956, 10 and 15 cents; gallon of gas 1956, 23 cents per gal

Movie 1956 about 50 cents, the drive-in movie carload 1 dollar

Glass of milk about 15 cents; ice cream soda about 23 cents

1955 McDonald’s menu: hamburger 15 cents, fries 10 cents, coke 10 and 15 cents, coffee 10 cents

Van Heusen sport shirts short sleeve, $3.65 or long sleeves $4.95

Manhattan brand ties, $1.50-$3.50 1956: Blue Bell Wrangler Jeans for all the family – $2.98-$3.98

1957: Stockings by Cameo $1.35-$1.65 Perma-Lift Control Pantie (Girdle) $5.95 Bra $2.50

Good Grief!


Maria said...

Congratulations and best wishes to your mom and stepdad on their 50th Wedding Anniversary. May they have many, many more happy years together!
And loved your reminisce thru the 50's...what a difference a few decades make!

Alex said...


Funny to think how things have changed. What was "in" and what wasn't.

We still say "cool" to this day. Although we don't add the word "cat" after it.

See ya later Hot Mama!