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.

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