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 todays 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 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


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

NEW TOYS ON THE MARKET

MR POTATOE HEAD GAME

HULLA HOOP

BARBIE DOLL
These are some of the things you may have seen advertised Below and how much food and groceries cost in the 50's

American Cheese 45 cents per pound New Hampshire New Hampshire 1950

Apples 39 cents for 2 pounds Florida 1952

Bananas 27 cents for 2 pounds Ohio 1957

Box of Chocolates $1.86 for 1lb Florida 1955

Cabbage 6 cents per pound New Hampshire 1950

Campbells Tomato Soup 10 cents Ohio 1957

Carnation Milk Can 14 cents Ohio 1957

Chickens 43 cents per pound New Hampshire 1950

Chuck Roast 59 cents per pound Florida 1952

Coffee 37 cents 1 pound Florida 1952

Cream Corn 3 cans for 38 cents California 1959

Eggs 79 cents for a dozen New Jersey 1956

Family Style Loaf of bread 12 cents Florida 1952

Frozen Chicken Pie 19 cents Ohio 1957

Frozen green Beans 24 cents per 1/2 pound New Hampshire 1950

Gerbers Baby Foods 10 cents California 1959

Grape Jelly 19 cents Ohio 1957

grapefruit 25 cents for 6 Florida 1952

Hamburger meat 89 cents for 3 pounds Ohio 1957

Heinz Cream of Tomato 25 cents for 2 cans Tennessee 1952

Hunts Fruit Cocktail 23 cents per can Ohio 1957

Hunts Tomato Juice 15 cents California 1959

Jiffy Cake Mix 10 cents Ohio 1957

Juicy Oranges 69 cents for 2 dozen New Hampshire 1950

Kelloggs Shreaded Wheat 18 cents Ohio 1957

Kraft Cheese Slices 29 cents pk New Hampshire 1950

Potatoes 10 lb bag 35 cents Kansas 1953

Porterhouse Steak 95 cents lb Maine 1950

Lamb Chops 49 Cents per pound New Hampshire 1950

large Eggs 49 cents per dozen New Hampshire 1950

Lettuce 25 cents for 2 heads Florida 1952

Lux Flakes 27 cents per pk Florida 1952

margarine 19 cents 1 pound Florida 1952

Maxwell House Instant Coffee $1.19 Ohio 1957

Miracle Whip 55 cents New Jersey 1956

Mushrooms 49 cents per pound New Hampshire 1950

Onions 15 cents for 5 pounds New Hampshire 1950

Palmolive 3 for 21 cents Florida 1952

peanut butter 29 cents Florida 1952

Perch 49 cents per pound Ohio 1957

Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls 23 cents Ohio 1957

Pineapple 25 cents each New Hampshire 1950

Pork and Beans 25 cents for 3 cans Florida 1952

Pork Roast 39 cents per pound Florida 1952

Potatoes 35 cents for 5 pounds New Hampshire 1950

Rib Roast 29 cents per pound Wisconsin 1954

Ritz Crackers 32 cents New Hampshire 1950

Sirloin Steak 55 cents per pound Florida 1952

Sliced bacon 35 cents per pound New Hampshire 1950

Sugar 43 cents for 5 pounds Florida 1952

T Bone Steak 59 cents per pound New Hampshire 1950

Tide Powder 67 cents Giant pack Florida 1952

Tooth Paste 29 cents New Jersey 1956

Toilet Tissue 5 cents New Hampshire 1950

Turkeys 49 Cents per pound New Hampshire 1950




TROY DONAHUE
SANDRA DEE
GIDGET
MARILYN MONROE
ELVIS            JOHN WAYNE
JAMES DEAN
DO YOU REMEMBER THE 50'S

LUCILLE BALL     DORIS  DAY
SLANG OF THE 50'S


Ape Used with go - to explode or be really mad
Are you writing a book? You're asking too many questions
Baby Cute girl, term of address for either sex
Back seat bingo Necking in a car
Bad news Depressing person
Bash Great party
Bent eight a V-8 engine (hot-rodders)
Big Daddy An older person
Big tickle Really funny
Bit An act
Blast A good time
Blow off To defeat in a race (hot-rodders)
Clyde Term of address, usually for a normal person (Beats)
Cook, cookin' Doing it well
Cool Indefinable quality that makes something or someone extraordinary
Cool it Relax, settle down
Cooties Imaginary infestations of the truly un-cool
Cranked Excited (Beats)
Crazy "Like crazy,man" Implies an especially good thing
Cream Originally, to dent a car. Later, to badly damage (hot-rodders, originally)
Cruisin' for a bruisin' Looking for trouble
Cube A normal person
Cut the gas Be quiet!
Go for pinks A drag race where the stakes are the car's pink slip (hot-rodders)
Goof Someone who makes mistakes
Goopy Messy
Goose it Accelerate the car fully (hot-rodders)
Greaser A guy with tons of grease in his hair, which later came to describe an entire group of people. Yes, John Travolta in Grease.
Grody Sloppy, messy or dirty
Hang As in "hang out" which means to do very little
Nerd Same as now. Bill Gates without the money.
Nest A hair-do
Nod Drift off to sleep
Nosebleed As in hey, nosebleed - hey, stupid. Not a compliment!
No sweat No problem
Nowhere Opposite of cool. Nowheresville was a boring, bad place to be. (Beats)
Nuggets Loose change
Odd ball Someone a bit off the norm
Off the line Start of a drag race (hot-rodders)
On the stick Pulled together. Bright, prepared...  
Pad Home
Paper shaker Cheerleader or Pom Pom girl
Party pooper No fun at all
Passion Pit Drive-in movie theatre

MUSIC

Number 1 Hits By Year
1950
White Christmas
Bing Crosby
1951
Come on-a My House
Rosemary Clooney
1952
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
1953
You, You, You
Ames Brothers
1954
That's Amoré
Dean Martin
1955
Rock Around the Clock
Bill Haley & His Comets
1956
HOUND DOG / DON'T BE CRUEL
Elvis Presley
1957
Love Letters in the Sand
Pat Boone
1958
It's All In the Game
Tommy Edwards
1959
Mack The Knife
Bobby Darin

BLACK SHINY VINYL 45 RPMS
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO
      SKY KING

SOCK HOPS

ROCK N' ROLL

COUNTRY

BLUES

SMOOTH
LOVE
TONTO
BATMAN COMICS
.BETTY
VERONICA
ARCHIE
JUGGHEAD
DO YOU REMEMBER ` IT'S 9:OO  DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE ???
SATURDAY MOVIES AND THE THEATER, NEWSREALS, WESTERNS, COMICS ALL DAY LONG?? THE FULLER BRUSH MAN` THE WATKINS MAN`THE MILKMAN
`THE BREADMAN`AND THE KNIFE SHARPENER MAN,
WALKING TO SCHOOL IN SNOW TO YOUR KNEES AND WALKING HOME FOR LUNCH??
PEG PANTS`PEDAL PUSHERS`CAN CANS AND BEEHIVE HAIRDO'S??
MOM'S HOME COOKING, HOMEMAD EVERYTHING. INCLUDING DRESSES.
IF YOU DO THEN YOU KNOW THE 50'S WAS A REALLY PRETTY NEAT PLACE TO GROW UP IN~