- Gas was 17 cents per gallon.
- Bread was 14 cents per loaf.
- Coffee was 65 cents per pound.
- A new car could be purchased for $1420.00.
Now, while that all sounds wonderful, it has to be remembered that the average income was $2959.00 annually. And, the area where I was from most folks didn’t make anywhere near that much!
The point is, anytime we think about “the good old days,” we have to remember that there was usually an equal number of “bad old days” to go with them. This is true in business as well as in life in general. While it might have been great that at one point in time we didn’t have to worry about OSHA regulations, we have to consider the number of people that were either maimed or killed because of the working hazards that had to be contended with. As the title indicates, “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.”
In closing, consider this: In fifty years, today will be part of “the good old days.” Folks will be saying things like, “I can remember when you could get a loaf of bread for only a dollar,” or “I can remember when only the rich and famous could afford a flight into outer space.” Whatever will be said, you can rest assured that then, as now, “Nostalgia won’t be what it used to be.”