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 FLASHBACK 1958

The cost of living in 1958

In 1958:

*A Belling cooker cost £43 19s. It was said to “...really look after itself. It will switch itself on, keep the oven at exactly the right heat and then switch off when the meal is cooked even though you’re miles away at work or shopping.”

*Park Drive “the really good” tipped cigarette cost 1s 3d for a packet of 10.

*Householders were urged to burn “clean, smokeless” gas coke, 16cwt of which, it was said, gave as much warmth as 20cwt of coal. And to get the fire going you could use a gas poker - “it’s as easy as lighting your cigarette.”

*A TV set complete with 17ins tube was offered for rental at 11s a week. A similar sized model was on sale for 67 guineas.

Written by The Editor - 02/10/2004 19:36:06

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