My Birthday

On Saturday, September 8, 1951 I was born. I was born in Tillamook, Oregon and lived there until I was 16. That’s when I ran away from home. I ended up in Salem, Oregon that same day and eventually ended up in San Diego, California.

I finished my high school education and did the usual babysitting and waitress jobs like most girls did. My life has been filled with many adventures that continue to this day. I’m happy to be alive. Here’s some stuff that happened in 1951.

1951 Unemployment dipped to 3.3% in the US and new roads were built to take the ever increasing numbers of cars including the New Jersey Turnpike. Children were given more than any other time in previous history with guitar lessons and sets of Encyclopedias to improve their minds.

The average family income was $3,500 per year and people had money to spend so cars became more luxurious and had more powerful engines with options for two tone paint, during this time things like turn signals were still an extra and most drivers still used hand signals to tell other drivers which way they were turning.

Television continued to grow with popular programs like, “I Love Lucy” and the first tests for Color Television Pictures were broadcast from Empire State Building on June 25th . Europe continued to export many cars to the US including Volkswagen’s and Austin’s. Source: The People History

Prices in 1951:

House: $16,000
Average income: $3,515
Ford car: $1424-$2253
8.3 cu. ft. General Electric refrigerator: $330
Milk: $.92
Gas: $.20
Bread $.16
Postage stamp: $.03
1 lb. of buttered peanut brittle: $.25
14 oz. can of Hershey’s Syrup: $.17
Sliced Bacon: $.63 per lb
Coca Cola, 6 bottles: $.37
Canada Dry Ginger Ale, (2) 28 oz btls: $.39
Post Sugar Crisp, 6 oz pkg: $.15

Jerry Mahoney Ventriloquist dummy: $14.95 Source: Fifties Web

So grab a piece of cake and let’s celebrate my 64th birthday. Also, thank you Paul and Mary Lou of Mr. Cruiser’s Notes for the wonderful birthday card you sent. You’re great friends.

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♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Sandee,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

56 thoughts on “My Birthday

  1. Jean R. says:

    Happy Birthday! May the best years be yet to come.

    Here's an interesting fact about the highways built in the 50s. Many of them have sections that were purposely built to be landing strips for airplanes in case of another war.

  2. Marg says:

    Well a very Happy Birthday to you Sandee. All the kitties here send you lots of paw hugs. Mom sends a big hug too. We just know you will have a great day doing lots of fun things and eat lots of cake. Take care.

  3. Caren Gittleman says:

    Happy Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!! You are the same age as my sister, and one year younger than my husband!!!!!! You are one special lady and I wish that all the happiness you give to others is returned to you a ZILLION TIMES! You are the BEST!!! xoxoxo Love always from all of us!

  4. Paul Pietrangelo says:

    Have a " HAPPY BIRTHDAY " Sandee and we're happy that you loved your card. You deserve more but the card was all I could get you. Have a beautiful birthday my wonderful friend. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Nancy Chan says:

    Happy and Blessed Birthday to you, Sandee. Wishing you good health and may your blessing overflow in your life. May your life continue to be filled with great, exciting adventures! God bless you and family!

  6. Jennifer Humphries says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday! Wow 16 and you ran away! You are one tough cookie! My 7 year old keeps telling me she will do just that. I hope you have a wonderful day and make sure to grab a couple of slices of cake. I just adore birthday cake!

  7. (not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, says:

    "☆•*¨*•.♪♫♪♫.•*¨*•☆☆ ♪♫♪♫☆•*¨*•..•*¨*•☆ ♪♫♪♫ HaPpY bIrThDaY tO yOu ♪♫♪♫ hApPy BiRtHdAy To YoU ☆☆♪♫♪♫ ☆☆HaPpY bIrThDaY♪♫♪♫ ♪♫♪♫ dEaR sAnDeE ♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ HaPpY bIrThDaY tO yOu ♪♫♪♫☆•*¨*•.♪♫♪♫.•*¨*•☆♪♫♪♫☆•*
    •.♪♫♪♫.•*¨*•☆and many more!

  8. BeadedTail says:

    Happy Birthday Sandee! I hope you enjoy your day! Although things started off rough, I'm glad you have a wonderful life now filled with love, friends, family, Little Bit and a boat!

    Hugs and purrs from all us BT girls!

  9. DrillerAA09 says:

    Happy Birthday blogging friend of mine. You're a few years behind me, but we both grew up in what will come to be known as the "Golden Age" of America. Have a very blessed day.

  10. Beate says:

    Happy Birthday to you, dear Sandee! I hope you had a fantastic day yesterday! 🙂
    That's a fabulous birthday post, so interesting to read how different things were back then!
    Sending lots of birthday hugs to you,

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