Opinion: History repeats itself

POSTED: 09/2/11 11:32 PM

Our friend Mickey is at it again. Yesterday we received a very funny email from California stuffed with statements people made in 1955 – that’s right, about 55 years ago. While Mickey specializes in the global distribution of useless information, this time he had something to share that will make people stop and think.
The email contains a series of pictures accompanied by statements. The first one shows a shopping street that looks very much like Main Street USA and the text is: “I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10.00.”
The next picture shows a brand new car with the inspiring “Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $1,000.00 will only buy a used one.’
The third picture shows a lady we would not want to meet in a dark alley even if someone gave us a million dollars for it and she sighs, “If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit; 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.”
The next image is a nice one to decorate the office of union stalwart Willy Haize. It shows the interior of a butcher’s store, were all staff members behind the counter are men and where all waiting clients are women. The text that accompanies the picture reads, “If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.”
There are seventeen pictures in total and they deal with a wide variety of subjects from society’s electrification (they even make electric typewriter now), the man on the moon and the cost of postage stamps, to gasoline prices, and the ridiculous amount of money a baseball player received for “just playing ball.” The contract was for $50,000 a year.
All this shows that the complaints and concerns that are so much part of our society today are not that new at all. History repeats itself, only the numbers change.
Thanks for pointing that out to us Mickey.

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