Class of 1957

....1957 saw the continued growth of bigger taller tail fins on new cars and more lights, bigger with more powerful engines and an average car sold for $2,749. The Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik 1. Movies included "Twelve Angry Men" and "The Bridge Over the River Kwai", and TV showed "Perry Mason" and "Maverick" for the first time. The music continued to be Rock and Roll with artists like "Little Richard". The popular toys were Slinkys and Hula Hoops. The continued growth of the use of credit was shown by the fact that 2/3 of all new cars were bought on credit. Some of the areas that would cause problems later were starting to show South Vietnam is attacked by Viet Cong Guerrillas and Troops are sent to Arkansas to enforce anti segregation laws

Cost of Living 1957...How Much things cost in 1957
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.34%...Yearly Inflation Rate UK 3.3%
Average Cost of new house $12,220.00...Average Monthly Rent $90.00
Average Yearly Wages $4.550.00...Cost of a gallon of Gas 24 cents
Bacon per pound 60 cents...Eggs per dozen28 cents
HI FI Portable Record Player $79.95...Children's Shoes $5.95

Submitted by Bill Scutta