I recall in 1967 the difference in gas and cigarettes hadn’t changed much in price from 1955.

In VA cigarettes were .30 cents a pack! You could travel a short ways across the line into NC and purchase them for .20 cents. In 1982 cigarettes were .55 cents a pack and I thought that was insane and so I quit. I had sworn to quit when they hit .50 cents!

Gas at the local Gulf Station you could get regular gas for 27 cents a gallon, a quart of a quality named brand oil was .25 cents or you could buy re-refined oil for .15 cents a quart, oh yea! Water and air was free and they were still full service stations!

Fast food had hamburgers in 1967 for .15 cents and a cheese burger was 20 cents along with .15 cent fries and small drink for the same!

A good pair of Levi and Wrangler jeans in 1967, were $3.49! Converse Tennis shoes in the neighborhood of $5.00 off brands $3.00!

It cost .50 cents to go to the walk-in movies! Haircuts were also mentioned in 55 as being .30 cents whereas in 1967 it costs .50 cents for kids and .75 for adults!

That’s enough for fun comparisons!


Contributed by: Don Richards

Comments made in the year 1955!

I’ ll tell you one thing, if things
keep going the way they are,
it ‘s going to be impossible to
buy a week’s groceries for $10.00.

Have you seen the new cars
coming out next year? It won’t
be long before $1,000.00 will
only buy a used one.

If cigarettes keep going up in
price, I’m going to quit; 20 cents

a pack is ridiculous.

Did you hear the post office is
thinking about charging 7 cents

just to mail a letter.

If they raise the minimum wage
to $1.00, nobody will be able to
hire outside help at the store.

When I first started driving, who
would have thought gas would
someday cost 25 cents a gallon.
Guess we’d be better off leaving
the car in the garage.

I’m afraid to send my kids to the
movies any more. Ever since they
let Clark Gable get by with saying
it seems every new movie has
either HELL or DAMN in it.

I read the other day where some
scientist thinks it’s possible to put
a man on the moon by the end of
the century. They even have some
fellows they call astronauts
preparing for it down in Texas .

Did you see where some baseball
player just signed a contract for
$50,000 a year just to play ball?
It would’nt surprise me if someday
they’ll be making more than the


I never thought I’d see the day
all our kitchen appliances would
be electric. They’re even making
electric typewriters now.

It’s too bad things are so tough
nowadays. I see where a few
married women are having to

work to make ends meet.

It won’t be long before young
couples are going to have to hire
someone to watch their kids so
they can both work.

I’m afraid the Volkswagen car
is going to open the door to a
whole lot of foreign business.

Thank goodness I won’t live to
see the day when the Government
takes half our income in taxes. I
sometimes wonder if we are
electing the best people to

The fast food restaurant is
convenient for a quick meal,
but I seriously doubt they

will ever catch on.

There is no sense going on short
trips anymore for a weekend. It
costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay
in a hotel.

No one can afford to be sick
anymore. At $15.00 a day in
the hospital, it’s too rich for
my blood.

If they think I’ll pay 30 cents
for a haircut, forget it.

Know any friends who would get a kick out of these, pass this on!
Be sure and send it to your kids and grandkids, too!

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