Monday, November 23, 2009

Look what I found in my mailbox

Guess what came in the mail?  This is my invitation to join the American Association of Retired People.  Tuesday is my birthday and I'm turning 49, so, Lord willing, I have a few more years to work before I can think about retiring!
I found a neat site; the dMarie Time Capsule, which lets you put in a date and it will tell you about what was happening then.  Here are a few statistics for November 24, 1960.

People born on November 24
Scott Joplin
Dale Carnegie

Prices for 1960
Bread:  $0.20/loaf
Milk:  $1.04/gal
Eggs:  $0.90/doz
Car:  $2,275
Gas:  $0.31/gal
House:  $18,500
 Stamp:  $0.04/ea
Avg Income:  $6,227/yr
Min Wage:  $1.00/hr

On TV in 1960 

Perry Mason   
The Twilight Zone   
The Flinstones   
Leave it to Beaver
I Love Lucy   
The Andy Griffith Show   
The Ed Sullivan Show   
Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Interesting, isn't it?    The cost and wages are what I find most interesting.  Everything looks so much cheaper, but the average income has really changed too.
Hope you've enjoyed this little look back in time!


Andrea said...

Hope you have a wonderful Birthday...and enjoy many, many, more.
Blessings, andrea

Demara said...

wow! 1$/hr? eek. I did it too and this is mine.

Demara said...

that link didn't work... Oct 3, 1980 is where you'll find the stats, which were interesting, very interesting.

The Stylish House said...

Ahh, AARP what a milestone! They got me mixed up with another Cathy, and I started getting there stuff a few years ago, quite a jolt to the system….ha, ha. Happy Birthday.

A Stone Gatherer said...

WOW a flag carrying member!!! Loved the trivia!

Mary Lee said...

I get mail from AARP all the time. I am "old" enough to join but so far have resisted being assimilated! said...

Happyy happyyyy Birthday to YOU!
Most everyone signs up for AARP and then wonders WHY?????

Laura said...

Happy Birthday Susanna! I love you!!! And you are definitely not old enough for that yet. You can't be that old because you have SUCH young kids yet... (wink, wink).
Hope you have a great day today!

Kathy said...

AARP? Um, my 50 is coming next year, so don't send them any referrals, o.k.? The dMarie is a very cool site. The changes from then to now are amazing!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Very interesting!


I hope you have a wonderful day! I am thankful for YOU!

Sneaky Momma said...

Happy, happy birthday to you, Mari!!!!!! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day! :)

Connie said...

I sent you an e-mail too before I read your blog.
Happy Birthday, Mari. Hope you have many many more.
(When you get to be my age you also get Hearing info and Funeral info.) Life is so fun! and funny!

Pat said...

Happy Birthday my dear friend! I know your family will celebrate your day with lots of love!
I remember the year you were born...what does that say about me?!! LOL!

Lois Lane II said...

Happy birthday!! I hope it's wonderful! =)

I love the fact that I grew up in the 80s and watched so many of those shows listed...Gunsmoke (but didn't like it), The Flinstones, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, The Twilight Zone, and Leave it to Beaver. LOL!!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

I used that website to get information to put in the scrapbooks for each of the kids, and I have it printed off for both Hubby and me too. It's pretty neat what you can find out on the web.

Kari said...

things have changed a lot. the TV programs interest me.
Happy Birthday Mari. Be Blessed today and always.

Just Mom said...

Happy Birthday, Mari!

btw ... I've been getting ads for hearing aids in my mailbox. LOL!

Brooke said...


i find it interesting that eggs really haven't gone up that much - my grocery store has them on sale for $0.99 for a dozen this week.

Growin' with it! said...

wow, what a birthday "gift"... hope the rest are better! happy birfday mari, it has been such a delight getting to know you!

Anonymous said...

1960, what a great year!

Hope your day has been wonderful!

I still love watching reruns of a bunch of those old shows, they bring back great memories of my childhood.

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

I was born on your 5th birthday! Happy birthday to us!

Renee said...

Happy Birthday!

Jennifer said...

Can you imagine buying a house for less than what most cars are these days? That is crazy.
Happy Birthday!

Betty said...

That was fun! I miss "I love Lucy"! Such a great show.

Hope you had a great Birthday!

Mary said...


Happy Birthday, my friend. I wish you a wonderful day. May all your wishes come true.

Just to let you know, I remember all of the things you have listed. In 1965, I went to work for 65 cents per hour. Within the year I received a raise to 90 cents and thought I'd won a jackpot. LOL

My first husband's birthday, Michelle's father, was born on November 24th. I always think of him on this day. Sad that he died so young.


Cherdecor said...

Happy Birthday, Mari! Wish I were there to eat cake with you. Hope you have a lovely day.

Nancy said...

That is pretty neat trivia, and congrats on the AARP.

Kim said...

My hubby, who's 11 months older than me, got so mad when the AARP sent him the first mailing before he turned 50. lol

Fun link! Thanks :-)

Lynn said...

I did something like this for my girls' baby books. The differences aren't as striking yet, but already things have gotten more expensive. I'm sure in 49 years it will be amazing to see the changes.