A Look into the Year 1951

A Look into the Year 1951

The University of South Carolina football kicks-off its 2014 season in just a matter of 51 days.

There are officially 51-days until the garnet and black kick-off the 2014 season against the Texas A&M Aggies in Columbia.

In 1951, the University of South Carolina football team finished out its season 5-4 with coach Rex Enright. October 25th that year, the Gamecocks took a whopping 20-0 win over Clemson in Columbia. Over the course of 1938 all the way to 1955, Enright coached a total of 15 years at South Carolina.

A lot of things have changed since 1951, including the Gamecocks record; finishing 11-2 three seasons in a row under Spurrier.

Here is a look at just how drastic our world has changed in the last 63-years.

The average cost of a brand-new house was $9,000 in 1951, and the average wage of an American citizen at that time was around $3,500 per year. Gas was 19 cents a gallon, bread was 16 cents a loaf, and eggs were 24 cents a dozen.


Now, lets compare that with today.


An average price of a brand-new home is $282,000, and the average income falls somewhere between $51,000 a year. Last week during the 4th, USA Today reported gas prices have skyrocketed to the highest they have been since 2008. In the southern region, gas runs around $3.50 a gallon.

With food, the entire market is a different kind of animal than in 1951. You’ve got whole grain, whole wheat, 100% all-natural, organic, and let’s not forget gluten-free. If you are a “white-bread” lover, you’ve got it easy with around $1.50 a loaf. From there, it goes up.

Eggs are the same way. All-organic, hormone-free, vegetarian fed, these are all separate categories your eggs could fall into. A carton of plain-jane store-brand eggs usually is around $2.00-$2.50 a dozen.

And not only have our prices gone up, technology has improved and new forms of entertainment have emerged.

In 1951, while Libya was gaining its independence from Italy, “I Love Lucy” was one of the most popular programs on television, and Audrey Hepburn was stealing the hearts on the big-screen. For sports, this was the year that the very first baseball was televised in color between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves.

Today, there are thousands of channels offering all types of entertainment. I wonder what President Harry Truman would’ve thought about “Jersey Shore”.

With terms like “classy chassis” being used in the 50’s, I don’t think “GTL” (gym, tan, laundry) would’ve been welcomed.

GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on the 2014 University of South Carolina football season throughout the year.

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