Are You a Baby Boomer? (70s)

Baby Boomers have been called many things, but they are best known for being very dedicated to their job, and passionate about their work. They are very hard workers. They aren’t afraid to go that extra mile. Who they are, comes from that hard work and all their achievements. They are very confident and pride themselves on being totally independent.

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What it Cost to Live in the 1970s

1970-1979 prices from all around the United States (prices vary from year to year as well as what state you lived in)
Minimum wage $1.60 an hour (1970)
(Average. Household income per year ranged between $9,350 to $17,550)

  • New Home $23,400–$58,500
  • Renting $500 to $600 (approx.)
  • New car cost $3,900 to $5,500
  • Apples .59 cents for 4 lbs.
  • Baby Lotion $1.59
  • Bacon $1.29 cents per lb.
  • Bananas .12 cents per lb.
  • Boiled Ham $1.39 per lb.
  • Bread 25 cents a loaf
  • Clorox bleach .38 cents
  • Cigarettes 26 cents to 37 cents per pack
  • Coffee $1,80 per lb.
  • Corn .79 cents for 10 ears
  • Crest toothpaste .79 cents
  • Dog food $1.00 for 12 cans
  • Frozen French Fries .69 cents for 5 lbs.
  • Fresh Grapes .69 cents per lb.
  • Fresh strawberries .29 cents per lb.
  • Fruit Cocktail .20 cents a can
  • A gallon of gas .36 to 86 cents
  • A gallon of milk .62 cents
  • Grape Jelly .25 cents
  • Ground Beef .99 cents per lb.
  • Jiffy Peanut Butter .59 cents
  • Large Eggs .59 cents
  • Margarine .59 cents per lb.
  • Oranges .07 cents per lb.
  • Pork chops .59 cents per lb.
  • Porterhouse steak
  • Potatoes .89 cents for 10 lb. bag
  • Roasting Chicken .98 cents per lb.
  • Rump Roast $1.49 per lb.
  • Sirloin steaks $1.19 per lb.
  • Soup .10 cents per can
  • Star-Kist Tuna,29 cents per can
  • Sugar .39 cents per lb.
  • Turkey .68 cents per lb.
  • Watermelon .10 cents per lb.

 

Appliances/Furniture

  • Dryer $219
  • Washer $199
  • Area Rug (8X10) $39.00
  • Contemporary Dining Set $283.00
  • Trash Compactor $219.95
  • Portable Dishwasher $279.95
  • Side by Side Refrigerator $704.95
  • Classic Cook Center $474.95
  • Microwave Oven $269.95
  • Crock-Pot $9.79
  • Grandfather Clock $199.00
  • Walnut Shadow Box $18.99
  • Component Stereo $68.95
  • Cinema Screen Color TV (remote) $739.95 (without remote) $639.95
  • Living room set $498.00
  • Sleeper Sofa $299.00
  • Lava Lamps $19.95 – $39.95
  • 6 piece bedroom set $799.00
  • LaZBoy rocker/recliner $188.00
  • Bunk Beds $99.00
  • Atari Home Computer System $595.00
  • Pocket Transistor Radio $3.75
  • Cassette Recorder $49.95

 

Toys

  • Hungry Hungry Hippo $$7.44
  • Easy Bake Oven $10.99
  • Chrissy Doll $12.99
  • Barbie Doll $1.94
  • Barbie and Friends on the Go Car $3.89
  • Set of 4 Hot Wheels Cars $3.44
  • Hot Wheels Mongoose Track $6.88
  • Erector sets $16.95 to $49.95
  • Star Ship Enterprise $5.99
  • Silly Putty .99 cents

 

TV Shows

    • Adam 12
    • Alice
    • All In The Family
    • Barnaby Jones
    • Baretta
    • Barney Miller
    • Benson
    • Bewitched
    • Bionic Woman
    • Bonanza
    • Cannon
    • Charlie’s Angels
    • Chico and the Man
    • CHiPS
    • Columbo
    • Dallas
    • Diff’rent Strokes
    • Donny & Marie
    • Eight is Enough
    • Ellery Queen
    • Emergency!
    • Family
    • Fantasy Island
    • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
    • Fred Flintstones and Friends
    • Good Times
    • Gunsmoke
    • Happy Days
    • Hawaii Five-O
    • Hee Haw
    • Here’s Lucy
    • Hong Kong Phooey
    • Ironside
    • Kojak

    • Kung Fu
    • Laverne and Shirley
    • Little House on the Prairie
    • Lou Grant
    • Mannix
    • Marcus Welby M.D.
    • Mash
    • Maude
    • McCloud
    • McMillian and Wife
    • Monday Night Football
    • Mork and Mindy
    • Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    • My Three Sons
    • Night Gallery
    • One Day at a Time
    • Police Woman
    • Quincy, M.E.
    • Rhoda
    • Room 222

    • Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
    • Sanford and Son
    • Saturday Night Live
    • Schoolhouse Rock
    • Sesame Street
    • Soap
    • Speed Buggy
    • Starsky and Hutch
    • Super Friends
    • S.W.A.T.
    • Taxi
    • The Bionic Woman
    • The Bob Newhart Show
    • The Brady Bunch
    • The Carol Burnette Show\The Love Boat
    • The Dean Martin Show
    • The Dukes of Hazard
    • The Flintstone Comedy Hour
    • The Flip Wilson Show
    • The Incredible Hulk
    • The Jeffersons
    • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    • The Midnight Special
    • The Muppet Show
    • The New Adventures of Batman
    • The Odd Couple
    • The Partridge Family
    • The Rockford Files

  • The Scooby-Doo Show
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
  • The Streets of San Francisco
  • The Tom & Jerry Show
  • The Waltons
  • The White Shadow
  • Three’s Company
  • Upstairs, Downstairs
  • Welcome Back Kotter
  • What’s Happening
  • Wonder Woman
  • WKRP in Cincinnati
  • Yogi’s Gang

Events from the 1970s

1970

  • US President Richard Nixon orders an invasion of Cambodia, deepening the war in Vietnam.
  • Four protesters at Kent State University (Ohio) are killed by National Guard Troops.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court rules that busing students achieve racial desegregation of schools.
  • Venera 7 is the first space probe to land on Venus
  • The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is created.
  • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) is signed into law.
  • Anwar Sedat becomes president of Egypt.
  • The first Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight from New York to London.
  • The Beatles break up.
  • Jimi Hendrix is found dead from an overdose.
  • Janis Joplin dies from a drug overdose.

1971

  • Apollo 15 lands on the moon.
  • Anti-war protestors attempt to shut down the government in Washington.
  • 26th Amendment allows 18-year-olds to vote.
  • A ban for cigarette advertisements on radio and television goes into effect.
  • Walt Disney World Resort opens officially on October 1st.
  • A war between India and Pakistan begins.
  • Greenpeace was founded.
  • All in the Family airs.

1972

  • Richard Nixon-(President) and Spiro T. Agnew – (Vice President), wins Presidential Election, getting re-elected.
  • Watergate Scandal begins.
  • Apollo 17 is the last manned mission to the moon.
  • U.S. planes bomb North Vietnam on December 25th.
  • President Richard Nixon goes to China to start the mending of relations between the United States and China.
  • Eleven Israeli athletes are killed at the Munich Olympic Games.
  • MASH airs there last show.
  • HBO (Home Box Office) premiers.
  • Pong, the first successful video game, is released.
  • Jackie Robinson dies.

1973

  • Senate Watergate hearings begins.
  • As a plea bargain, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigns.
  • Gerald R. Ford becomes the first person appointed Vice President.
  • U.S. signs peace pact and troops pull out of Vietnam.
  • The World Trade Centers open on April 5th.
  • The United States’ first space station, Skylab, is launched.
  • OAPEC places an embargo on oil shipments to the United States.
  • The mobile phone is invented.
  • Jim Morrison is found dead.
  • The Universal Product Code (UPC) is scanned for the first time.
  • Roe vs Wade overturns state laws against abortion.
  • Billy Jean King wins the Battle of the Sexes, against Bobby Riggs.

1974

  • Due to the Watergate scandal, U.S. President Richard Nixon resigns.
  • Gerald R. Ford becomes the United States 38th president.
  • Ford pardons Nixon for any criminal activity he may have committed while President.
  • Daylight Savings Time is started in January.
  • The speed limit in the US lowers to 55 mph.
  • Hank Aaron makes MLB history with his 715th home run.
  • Patty Hearst is kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army.
  • Beverly Johnson becomes the first African-American on the cover of Vogue.

1975

  • The War in Vietnam is over.
  • Twice, President Ford survives attempts made to assassinate him.
  • Fall of Saigon.
  • Alaska’s Pipeline construction begins.
  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft.
  • Sony comes out with the Betamax.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show premiers.
  • Saturday Night Live airs

1976

  • Jimmy Carter (39th President) and Walter Mondale (Vice President) wins the U.S. Presidential Election.
  • The United States of America celebrates 200 years as a nation, known as the Bicentennial.
  • The Copyright Act of 1976 makes changes to copyright law.
  • Apple Computer Inc was formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

1977

  • President Carter pardons Vietnam War draft evaders.
  • The New York City Blackout lasts 25 hours.
  • Elvis Presley is found dead in his home.
  • Joan Crawford dies.
  • The miniseries Roots is aired on ABC.
  • The Star Wars movie is released.
  • The start of the Disco Era.
  • Atari Game System comes out.
  • Son of Sam, David Berkowitz, is arrested.
  • Californians vote for Proposition 13. (property tax cut of 60%)

1978

  • The peace process begins at Camp David, with Menachem Begin of Israel, and Anwar Sedat of Egypt.
  • Reverend Jim Jones leads a mass suicide of 900 of his followers.
  • Dallas airs on April 2nd.
  • The world’s first test-tube baby was born.
  • Volkswagon opens a plant in the United States.

1979

  • Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain’s first woman prime minister.
  • Saddam Hussein becomes president of Iraq.
  • Three Mile nuclear power plants accident happens.
  • Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album was released on August 10th.

Popular in Music

    • AC/DC
    • Aerosmith
    • Alice Cooper
    • America
    • Aretha Franklin
    • Bachman Turner Overdrive
    • Bad Company
    • Barry White
    • Billy Joel
    • Black Sabbath
    • Blondie
    • Blue Oyster Cult
    • Bob Dylan
    • Bob Marley
    • Bob Segar and the Silver Bullet Band
    • Boston
    • Brian En0
    • Bruce Springsteen
    • Buzzcocks
    • Camel
    • Can
    • Caravan
    • Cheap Trick
    • Chicago
    • Commodores
    • Credence Clearwater Revival
    • Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
    • Curtis Mayfield
    • David Bowie
    • Deep Purple
    • Derek and the Dominoes
    • Donna Summer
    • Electric Light Orchestra
    • Elton John
    • Elvis Costello
    • Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
    • Eric Clapton
    • Fleetwood Mac
    • Foreigner
    • Frank Zappa

    • Gene Clark
    • Genesis
    • Gentle Giant
    • George Harrison
    • Gladys Knight and the Pips
    • Grand Funk Railroad
    • Grateful Dead
    • Heart
    • Iggy Pop
    • Jackson Browne
    • James Brown
    • James Taylor
    • Jethro Tull
    • Jim Croce
    • John Lennon
    • Jorge Ben
    • Journey
    • Joy Division
    • Judas Priest
    • Kansas
    • King Crimson
    • Kiss
    • Kool in the Gang
    • Kraftwerk
    • Led Zepplin
    • Linda Ronstadt

    • Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • Lou Reed
    • Moody Blues
    • Neil Young
    • Nick Drake
    • Parliament/Funkadelic
    • Patti Smith
    • Paul McCarthy
    • Paul Simon
    • Peter Frampton
    • Pink Floyd
    • Queen
    • Rainbow
    • Ramones
    • Robert Wyatt
    • Rod Stewart
    • Roxy Music
    • Rush
    • Santana
    • Scorpions
    • Sex Pistols
    • Sly and the Family Stone
    • Soft Machine
    • Steely Dan
    • Steve Miller Band

    • Stevie Wonder
    • Styx
    • Supertramp
    • T. Rex
    • Talking Heads
    • Television
    • Temptations
    • The Allman Brothers Band
    • The Band
    • The Beach Boys
    • The Bee Gees
    • The Cars
    • The Chi-Lites
    • The Clash
    • The Doobie Brothers
    • The Eagles
    • The Isley Brothers
    • The Jam
    • The Kinks
    • The O’Jays
    • The Rolling Stones
    • The Spinners
    • The Stooges
    • The Who
    • Thin Lizzy
    • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    • Tom Waits
    • Traffic
    • Three Dog Night

  • UFO
  • Uriah Heep
  • Van Halen
  • Van Morrison
  • War
  • Yes
  • ZZ T0p

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8 thoughts on “Are You a Baby Boomer? (70s)”

  1. This is super interesting. The costs of things in the 70’s is amazing. Crazy to think how different it is now, really not that much later. Also really fun to see the popular TV shows of that time as well!!

    Thank you for all of this info! Very fun read

    Reply
    • Hi Sarae,

      It was fun writing this article, a lot of the tv shows and musicians I hadn’t heard about in ages. I’m happy you enjoyed the article

      Thank you for stopping by and come again,
      Laura

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  2. Boy, this sure brings me back! I cannot believe how things were and what they cost back then. I wish I could relive those times. They were the best!
    The TV shows were awesome then and I still watch the reruns. It just makes you just sit back and think about what it was like and where the times has gone.
    What was your favorite time back then Laura?

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    • Hi Rob!

      I so agree with you, , those were the best of times. And I miss em. It seemed like life was simplier back then.

      My most favorite?? Hmmm, well first let me state I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and as long as I was home by 6 PM–dinner time, I could go anywhere & not have to worry about anyone abducting me, or worse. We use to sneak on the subway and we’d ride trains all day long. Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, as long as I was home in time for dinner, I was ok. lol

      What was your favorite time then?

      Laura

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      • Hey Laura,
        We used to live in Queens in the late 70’s and were always going into the city for concerts and hockey games.
        But in the mid 70’s I met my wife on Long Island at work and we enjoyed the music, beaches, and eventually buying our first house until we recently retired two years ago to Florida.
        I miss those times!

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  3. Hmmm, quite interesting…
    Things back then were a lot simpler and cheaper.
    Nowadays, the prices of everything are skyrocketing SMH.
    I’m not really familiar with the musicians or tv shows, but they sure look fun.
    The only 2 musicians I could recognize were Michael Jackson and Bob Marley.
    I just kept reminiscing when they released their hit songs Thriller (MJ) and No Woman No Cry (BM)
    Thanks for this interesting post.
    Keep up the good work.

    Reply
    • Hi Pearl,

      You’re young still, but thanks for stopping by! And yes, things were way simpler back then.

      Michael Jackson IS King!!!
      Laura

      Reply

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