Are You a Baby Boomer of the (60s)

Are you a Baby Boomer?? Were you born between 1946 to 1964?? Baby Boomers were born during the post-war World War II baby boom. There are over 76 million baby boomers. Females outnumber males probably because they outlive males. The largest generation in American history at the time. Today that number is rivaled by the Millennial generation, which is almost the same size.

I’m a baby boomer. Are YOU a baby boomer?? We (us baby boomers) are retiring later in life (mostly due for financial reasons). With many planning to work past the age of 65 or do not plan to retire at all. Some enjoy having a job. We are the most active, and the wealthiest–spending the most in all product categories. Many of us have the most disposable income, and we are spending more than the Millennial generation by almost 20%.

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What it Cost to Live in the 1960s

Minimum wage $1.45 (Average. Household income per year ranged between $5,315-$8,540)

1960-1969 prices from all over the US

  • New Home $17,200-$25,100
  • Renting $365.00 (approx.)
  • Cigarettes 26 cents to 37 cents per pack
  • A gallon of gas .25-35 cents
  • A new car cost $2,600-$3,200
  • Bread 22 cents a loaf
  • A gallon of milk 49 cents
  • Eggs 55 cents a dozen
  • Apples 3 pounds for 39 cents
  • Oranges 89 cents for 2 dozen
  • Watermelon 2 1/2 cents per pound
  • Carrots 15 cents per pound
  • Corn 25 cents for 6
  • Icebergs lettuce 25 cents per head
  • Onions 29 cents for 2 pounds
  • Potatoes 39 cents for ten pounds
  • Bananas 10 cents per pound
  • Bacon 29 cents per pound
  • Chicken 29 cents per pound
  • Ham 39 cents per pound
  • Lamb chops 89 cents per pound
  • Ground Beef 45 cents per pound
  • Pork chops 59 cents per pound
  • Sirloin steaks 89 cents per pound
  • Spare ribs 49 cents per pound
  • Porterhouse steak $1.19 per pound
  • Flour 49 cents five pounds
  • Sugar 38 cents per five pounds
  • Margarine 31 cents per pound
  • Ice cream 79 cents half gallon
  • Jello 35 cents for 4 boxes/packs
  • Chewing gum 5 cents a pack
  • Fast food hamburger 20 cents
  • Soup 89 cents for six cans
  • Baby food 25 cents for 3 jars
  • Crest toothpaste 50 cents
  • HiFi Stereo console $94.95
  • Phonograph $47.95
  • Polaroid camera $119.95
  • Washer $184.94
  • Dryer $129.95
  • Side by Side refrigerator $499.95
  • Portable Dishwasher $239.95
  • Color TV Entertainment Center/Console $799.99
  • Television $179.95
  • Portable TV $99.95
  • Upright vacuum $88.95
  • Sofa Set $174.95
  • Recliner $99.95
  • China Cabinet $81.98
  • Formal Dining Set $159.95
  • Wood Veneer Bedroom Set $184.95
  • Twin Beds $87.00
  • Casper the Ghost $5.99
  • Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots $7.99
  • G.I. Joe figures $2.32
  • Troll dolls $1.44
  • Chatty Cathy doll $9.96
  • Talking Barbie $7.97
  • Candyland board game $2.44
  • Viewmaster 3D stereo viewer $3.50

TV Shows

  • 77 Sunset Strip
  • Bewitched
  • Bonanza
  • Columbo
  • Doctor Who
  • Flipper

  • Get Smart
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • Green Acres
  • Gunsmoke
  • Hogan’s Heroes
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • Lassie
  • Ironside
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  • Mr. Ed
  • Perry Mason

  • Peyton Place
  • Rawhide
  • Route 66
  • The Benny Hill Show
  • The Brady Bunch
  • The Fugitive
  • The Monkees
  • The Saint
  • The Twilight Zone
  • The Virginian

 

Events from the 1960s

1960

  • John F. Kennedy (35th president), and Vice President Lydon B. Johnson won the US Presidential Election 60
  • The US sends 3,500 troops to Vietnam.
  • The organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was formed.
  • U-2 spy plane shot down by Soviets Air Defense Forces.
  • TIROS 1 the first weather satellite, is launched by the US.
  • Yuri Gagarin, Soviet Cosmonaut is the first person in space

1961

  • First American in space, Alan Shepard –Freedom 7 (1 month after Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin).
  • Peace Corps is created.
  • World Wide Fund for Nature is created (WWF).
  • Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.
  • The Bay of Pigs invasion is unsuccessful (to overthrow Fidel Castro).

1962

  • The Cuban Missle Crisis. The closest we’ve come to a World War Nuclear War.
  • The Beatles release their first single “Love Me Do” in the UK.
  • James Meredith becomes the first African-American to enroll in the University of Mississippi.
  • Spiderman, a comic book, makes its debut.
  • The first Walmart, opened by Sam Walton, opens in Arkansas.

1963

  • President John F. Kennedy is assassinated.
  • Martin Luther King Junior (US Civil Rights Leader) gives his famous speech “I Have a Dream”.
  • The US begins using zip codes.
  • The BBC broadcasts the first episode of “Doctor Who”.

1964

  • US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs The Civil Rights Act of 1964, into law.
  • Sydney Portiere wins ‘Best Actor’, at the Academy Awards, making him the first African-American to win that honor.
  • The Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, (BASIC) is introduced.
  • The Ford Motor Company begins producing and selling the Ford Mustang

1965

  • The Voting Rights Act is signed into law by US President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. leads a peaceful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama.
  • The Vietnam war escalates, and so does anti-Vietnam protests.
  • In London, Mary Quant designs the mini-skirt.
  • Soviet Cosmonaut, Aleksei Leonov, becomes the first person to spacewalk.

1966

  • The TV show, Star Trek, airs its first episode.
  • Botswana and Lesotho gain their independence from England.
  • Gandhi becomes Prime Minister of India.
  • Luna 9, the Soviet’s first unmanned spacecraft lands on the moon.

1967

  • The 25th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified.
  • Thurgood Marshall is the first African American to be appointed to the Supreme Court.
  • The first heart transplant is completed by a South African doctor, names Christiaan Barnard.
  • The magazine, Rolling Stone, publishes its first issue.
  • The Green Bay Packers plays against the Kansas City Chiefs, in the very first Super Bowl. With Green Bay winning, 35-10.

1968

  • Richard Nixon along with Spiro T. Agnew as Vice President, win the US Presidental Election.
  • Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights leader, is assassinated by James Earl Ray.
  • US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
  • NASA, launched Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission.

1969

  • NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, but the first 2 men, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.
  • In New York, the Woodstock Music Festival began.
  • The predecessor to the internet, ARPANET, relays its first communication between UCLA and Stanford.
  • “Sesame Street: makes its TV debut.

 


Popular in Music

    • Aretha Franklin
    • Bob Dylan
    • Cream
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival

    • Crosby, Stills, and Nash
    • Gladys Knight and the Pips
    • Gordon Lightfoot
    • Hermans Hermits
    • Janis Joplin
    • Jefferson Airplane
    • Marvin Gaye
    • Peter, Paul, and Mary
    • Roy Orbison
    • Simon and Garfunkel
    • Steppenwolf
    • Stevie Wonder
    • The Animals
    • The Beach Boys
    • The Beatles
    • The Byrds
    • The Concepts
    • The Doors

    • The Drifters
    • The Five Jades
    • The Four Tops
    • The Grateful Dead
    • The Heartaches
    • The Jackson Five
    • The Jimi Hendrix Experiment
    • The Kingsman
    • The Kinks
    • The Lovin Spoonful
    • Thes Mamas and the Papas
    • The Marvelettes
    • The Persuasions
    • The Rolling Stones

  • The Spinners
  • The Supremes
  • The Temptations
  • The Turtles
  • The Troggs
  • The Ventures
  • The Who
  • The Yardbirds
  • Tom Jones
  • Tommy James and the Shondells (thanks Curtis!!)

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12 thoughts on “Are You a Baby Boomer of the (60s)”

  1. I’m not a baby boomer myself so I can’t add much to your list, sorry! But I do find it interesting to look back at what some things cost years ago. Of course, taking inflation into consideration, I guess they didn’t seem cheap at the time.

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  2. Thank you fro this great post!! The costs of living listed are a real eye opener, so different to now. We usually think of things being cheaper in the past but there are definitely some things that are more affordable now when you consider inflation, ( for example: tv’s and technology generally). Some of those TV shows must be due a comeback!!

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    • LOL Hi Chris!  I don’t know if some of those shows could make a comeback.  Some were pretty corny.  

      I’m glad you stopped by, thank you,
      Laura

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  3. Thank you for this great trip down memory lane. It was really great to see old comparisons.

    I loved that the minimum wage was $1.45 and I sure wish I could buy a whole house for only $20,000. What a dream right?  I think I can buy a Casper the Ghost for $5.99 in my local toy store though.  The Brady Bunch is still as popular as ever. I heard that the actual house sold recently to a famous musician (I forgot their name – do you know it?) .  Start Trek was “born” in the 1960’s isn’t that funny to think about now. It is still as popular as ever!!

    I was just wondering if the TV show “The Thunderbirds” was also born in the 1960’s?

    Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane.

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    • I plan to do a 1970’s post and a 1980″s post so keep checking back for more walks down memory lane.  

      And you are so right about the Thunderbirds. First episode aired Sept. 30, 1965.  I’ll be adding that to my list.  Thank you for that add.

      I truly love this post.  It’s a ‘feel good’ post.  LOL

      Have a great day!
      Laura

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  4. I am a baby boomer born in 1957. I already retired exactly when I turned 59 and 1/2. I worked since I was ten years old, so it was time to stop. Now I have an online internet marketing business that I work on quite a bit to earn a little extra cash. 

    I had a 1956 Belair so I love your picture of that car. Wish I still had it.

    I am a little embarrassed to say that I watched every one of the tv show you listed.

    I know all the music artists you listed and have one more that I really like, Tommy James and the Shondells.

    Great article. Brought back many memories.

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    • I’m hoping retirement will be soon for my husband and I.  

      I really enjoyed doing the research for this article. I posted it sooner than I had intended, I wanted to add a 1970’s, and 1980’s posts as well.  I still do plan on posting those articles, just my time line had changed.

      Nothing to be embarrassed about…..we had good tv back then. LOL

      I will be adding Tommy James and the Shondells, thanks for addition.  I can’t believe I missed them.

      Hope you stop by again Curtis!

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  5. I’m not a baby boomer but a millennial. This was interesting to read because it goes to show you how much has changed over the year’s. Only a few things in the list had I even heard of. Like the Brady bunch, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and some of the more historical event’s. But that’s only because I learned them in history class and watching documentaries. 

    I wonder will my generation have a similar list or would it be much longer. 

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    • Hi Wesley,

      I could’ve added even more to this list, but then my deadlines with publishing this changed, so I had to shorten the length of the post.

      I believe your generation will have a longer list, including a lot more interests then I had to because of technology.  

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  6. Hi Laura! I’m not a baby boomer, but my parents are. I’m in the “millennial” generation. The price variation between now and then is crazy! Incomes and expenses were much different in the 60s than now. It’s really interesting how you pointed out that baby boomers spend 20% more than millennials because I see alot of marketers directing their focus on millenials. With my parents, they don’t use nearly as much social media or internet as I do. What do you think are the most effective ways to reach the baby boomers?

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    • That is a good question.  I would have to say text.  Because my husband and I do a lot of that with our own  millennial girls–daughters.

      I think our daughters use way more social media then we do.  2 of our girls use social media with their jobs.  

      Although our youngest. hates technology.  I mean, she really hates it, LOL  Odd….

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