St Johnston - Carrigans
~ Co Donegal.
1959 - Life
The average weekly wage for men
in 1959 was £8 12s 7d. This would be worth nearly 11 Euro in today's
money. And it was all they got for a 46 hour week! But at
least things were very cheap back then! Where a man earned about 22 cent
an hour a woman got a lot less with the average of 14 cent.
Bread cost about 7 cent in today's
money. Back then a loaf of two lb in weight cost 1s 2d.
A dozen of eggs was naturally dearer costing
Shoes were very expensive.
The shoes were often taken to cobblers to have new heels attached to make them
last longer. Phillips Stick-a-soles were used as well. This helped
men get as long use as possible out of their shoes for they were so expensive to
Looking at photos of men from
the times, it is seen that the patches on the elbows of their jackets were not
about fashion. When a jacket got old it wore at the elbows so
patches were sewn on to prolong the life of the jacket.
When a girl got too big for her
homemade dress, the mother lowered the hem so that the dress would be longer for
the growing young madam!
Wirelesses and bicycles were very
dear and often acquired through a Hire Purchase arrangement. The Rudge
bicycle was popular.
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