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
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