50s Sayings: 1950s Common Statements About the Future

50s Sayings

These statements were quite common during the 1950s. How many of today’s sayings will ring as true 50 years from now?

Turning 65 Years Old: Scream About Getting Old

50s Sayings

  1. 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 $20.
  2. Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long when $5,000 will only buy a used one.
  3. If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.
  4. Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?
  5. The Government is wanting to get its hands on everything. Pretty soon it’s going to be impossible to run a family business or a farm.
  6. If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.
  7. When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 50 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.
  8. Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.
  9. Also, their music drives me wild. This “Rock Around The Clock” thing is nothing but racket.
  10. I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies anymore. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying “damn” in “Gone With The Wind,” it seems every movie has a “hell” or “damn” in it.
  11. Also, it won’t be long until couples are sleeping in the same bed in the movies. What is this world coming to?
  12. Marilyn Monroe is now showing her bra and panties, so apparently, there are no standards anymore.
  13. Pretty soon you won’t be able to buy a good 10 cent cigar.
  14. 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.
  15. Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the president.
  16. Do you suppose television will ever reach our part of the country?
  17. I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.
  18. It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.
  19. It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.
  20. Marriage doesn’t mean a thing anymore, those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.
  21. I’ll tell you one thing. If my kid ever talks back to me, he won’t be able to sit down for a week.
  22. Did you know the new church in town is allowing women to wear slacks to their service?
  23. The next thing you know is, the government will start paying us not to grow crops.
  24. I’m just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.
  25. 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 Congress.
  26. Why in the world would you want to send your daughter to college? Isn’t she going to get married? It would be different if she could be a doctor or a lawyer.
  27. I just hate to see the young people smoking. As I tell my kids, “Don’t take a cigarette from ANYONE. You never know what might be in it.”
  28. The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.
  29. There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel.
  30. No one can afford to be sick anymore, $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.
  31. If a few idiots want to risk their necks flying across the country that’s fine, but nothing will ever replace trains.
  32. I don’t know about you but if they raise the price of coffee to 15 cents, I’ll just have to drink mine at home.
  33. If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a haircut, forget it. I’ll have my wife learn to cut hair.
  34. We won’t be going out much anymore. Our babysitter informed us she wants 50 cents an hour. Kids think money grows on trees.
  35. Cars that dim their lights by sensors, automatic transmissions, and who knows what else? Pretty soon they will drive themselves.


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