The Lions are a perfect 5-0 for the first time since 1956 and I got to wondering what things were like back then. One thing’s for sure, everything was a whole lot less expensive than it is today. Read on and see for yourself!
1956 was a long time ago! We have been hearing a lot about it recently because for the first time since that year, the Lions have a perfect 5 and oh record in the NFL. I decided to take a look back at 1956. Dwight David Eisenhower was the President and things were a whole lot cheaper.
Here’s a little time capsule into what it was like back in 1956:
- The average price of a home in the U.S. was $22,000
- Average income was $4,454
- Gas was selling for 23 cents a gallon
- A loaf of bread would set you back 18 cents
- A first class postage stamp was 3 cents
- Chuck pot roast sold for 33 cents a pound
- Coffee was 69 cents a pound
- The price of a six pack of beer was $1.20
- The King–Elvis–released his first hit
- Prince Rainier of Monaco married U.S. actress Grace Kelly
- Budweiser introduced a new brand of beer – Busch
- Yahtzee, the board game, was played for the first time
- Two soaps debuted – As The World Turns and The Edge of Night
- Certs, the first breath mint candies, hit the market
- Detroit Lions star Bobby Layne got his picture on Wheaties boxes
- Clairol introduced its first “Does she or doesn’t she?” ad campaign
- My Fair Lady opened on Broadway
- 80% of all U.S. households had refrigerators by 1956
- The Dow hit a new, all time record high of 500.24 points
Hopefully the next time the Lions go 5-0, things won’t have changed all that much. But I thought it was interesting to take a look back at 1956. As TV news god Waldo Concrete used to end his newscrash: “And that’s the way it is.” Or was back in 1956.