The Year was 1958.

What was happening in the world in 1958? The precursor to today’s computers, the microchip was invented. In China the country was in famine. The first transatlantic passenger jet service began between NY and London and in Europe the Munich air disaster took a hefty toll of lives.

On the up side, inflation in the US was at  just 2.7 percent.

A new home would cost you about $12,250  and if you were renting a place the cost was about 92 dollars a month for 2 bedrooms.

The Wham-O company introduced the Hula Hoop; over 100 million were sold.


President Dwight D Eisenhower (R) 1953-1961

The President –Dwight David Eisenhower.


The US population was about 174,000,000 and our life expectancy  was about 68.6 years.


The murder rate was just 5 murders per 100,000.


The Median Household Income was about 4600 dollars for the average laborer.

The Minimum Wage in 1958 was $1.00 per hour, the equivalent of $8.69 per hour in 2018 dollars.

Cost of Living

Women’s fashion in 1958 emphasized form fitting, silhouette styles.

Bacon was 44 cents a pound and eggs cost  19 cents for a dozen. A gallon of milk cost about 1.01 cents and a loaf of bread was approximately 19 cents.  A pound of burger was  56 cents.

Postage Sending a letter across the country would cost you  $.04 in postage.

Travel-A gallon of gas cost about 28 cents.

Transportation–The top selling car in the United States was the Chevy Impala  and it cost about $1,800 for a brand new model.

Fashion – Matching ensembles and form fitting silhouette styles were in for women as they abandoned the “sack” style of clothing that was prevalent in earlier years.

The Top News in 1958 Was–

The Great Chinese Famine begins in 1958 and ending in 1961 causing the death of nearly 30 million.

Edmund Hillary Reached the south Pole

1958 Music, Television and Movies

The Top 5 Songs of 1958

1. Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) – Domenico Modugno (Decca) (Ed Sullivan Show)

2. All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers (Cadence)

3. Don’t / I Beg Of You – Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)

4. Witch Doctor – David Seville (Liberty) on the Ed Sullivan Show – 1958

5. Patricia – Perez Prado (RCA Victor)

TV–We were watching Candid Camera, 77 Sunset strip and Concentration– Curiouis about the movies and music in 1952??

Candid Camera – The Car Without A Motor

77 Sunset Strip with Ed Byrnes and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in one of their classic hip cool dialogs – 1958


The most popular movies of 1958 were Vertigo, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and South Pacific