Throwback to 1956

Good Housekeeping Cook Book from 1956
Good Housekeeping Cook Book from 1956
It’s Thursday and we’re throwin’ it back to 1956!  That’s when the cookbook above was printed.  I have lots of old cookbooks and I love looking at and using them. They’re like a food scrapbook from the past because they give us an idea of daily life and pop culture of the time.

Before you see some more pictures from the book, here are some cost of living facts and interesting happenings from 1956…

  • New home- $11,700
  • Monthly rent- $88.00
  • Yearly income- $4,450
  • Gallon of gas- $0.22
  • New car- $2,050
  • Loaf of bread- $0.18
  • Gallon of milk- $0.97
  • Postage stamp- $0.03

Can you imagine those prices!  Here’s some of what happened in 1956…

  • Alabama bus segregation laws were declared illegal by the US Supreme Court.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson for the Presidency.
  • The first hard disc was invented by IBM.
  • Tefal started producing the first non-stick pans.
  • The oral vaccine for Polio was developed.
  • Elvis Presley hit the charts with “Heartbreak Hotel”.
  • The “Ten Commandments” premiered in theaters.
  • David Copperfield, Martina Navratilova, and Bo Derek were born.
  • The first 30 minute soap opera, “As the World Turns” premiered on CBS.

Now, onto some pictures from the book…


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