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Happy Birth-YEAR to Us!

by KC Martin Automotive on 06/25/13

As we've mentioned, 2013 is KC Martin Automotive's 65th year in business. It would be a huge understatement to say that the world has changed a lot since 1948. Yet, KC Martin has continued to offer top quality products and service throughout the years. We've also grown with the times adapting to new methods and technology.

We thought it would be fun to look back at how the world has changed during the past six and a half decades.

For instance, in 1948,

  • The average Cost of new house was $7,700.00
  • Average wages per year: $2,950.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: 16 cents Average
  • Cost of a new car: $1,250.00
  • Loaf of Bread: 14 cents
  • 1 lb. of Hamburger Meat: 45 cents

 In 1958,

  • The average Cost of new house: $12,750.00
  • Average Monthly Rent: $92.00
  • Average Yearly Wages: $4.600.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: 25 cents

 In 1968,

  • The average Cost of new house: $14,950.00
  • Average Income per year: $7,850.00
  • Average Monthly Rent: $130.00
  • Gas per Gallon: 34 cents
  • Average Cost of a new car: $2,822.00
  • Movie Ticket: $1.50
  • The Federal Hourly Minimum Wage: $1.60 an hour.

In 1978,

  • The average age cost of new house: $54,800.00
  • Average Income per year: $17,000.00
  • Average Monthly Rent: $260.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: 63 cents
  • 1LB of Bacon: $1.20
  • Dozen Eggs: 48 Cents

In 1988,

  • The average Cost of new house: $91,600
  • Median Price Of and Existing Home: $90,600
  • Average Income per year: $24,450.00
  • Average Monthly Rent: $420.00
  • Average Price for new car: $10,400.00
  • 1 gallon of gas: 91 cents
  • Movie Ticket: $3.50
  • US Postage Stamp: 24 cents
  • Dozen Eggs: 65 cents

 In 1998,

  • Average Income per year: $38,100.00
  • Average Monthly Rent: $619.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: $1.15
  • Average cost of new car: $17,200.00
  • US Postage Stamp: 32 cents
  • 1 LB of Bacon: $2.53
  • 1 LB Hamburger meat: $1.40
  • Loaf of Bread: $1.26
  • Dozen Eggs: 88 cents.

 

In 2008,

  • Average Cost of new house: $238,880.00
  • Average Income per year: $40,523.00
  • Average Cost for house rent: $800.00
  • Average New Car: $27,958.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: $3.39
  • US Postage Stamp: 42 cents.

 

In 2012,

  • C Average Cost of new house: $234,500.00
  • Average Income per year: $47,000.00
  • Average Cost for house rent: $800.00
  • Average New Car: $30,748
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: $3.38
  • US Postage Stamp: 45 cents.

Also, here's a very interesting list of some of the advances since 1948. Gosh, some of these didn't seem like that long ago, but OH, how the time flies!

  • 1948 Velcro ® invented
  • 1949 Cake mix invented
  • 1950 First credit card (Diners).
  • 1951 Video tape recorder (VTR).
  • 1952 The first patent for bar code issue
  • 1953 Transistor radio.
  • 1954 Ray Kroc started McDonalds
  • 1955 Optic fiber invented.
  • 1956 The first computer hard disk used
  • 1957 Fortran (computer language) invented
  • 1958 Computer modem invented
  • 1959 The microchip invented
  • 1960 The halogen lamp invented
  • 1961 Non-dairy creamer
  • 1962 Audio cassette
  • 1963 Video disc
  • 1964 Acrylic paint
  • 1965 Compact disc
  • 1966 Electronic Fuel Injection for cars
  • 1967 Handheld calculator
  • 1968 Computer mouse
  • 1969 Barcode scanner
  • 1970 Floppy disk
  • 1971 VCR
  • 1972 Word Processor
  • 1973 Ethernet cable
  • 1974 Post-it notes
  • 1975 Laser printer
  • 1976 Ink printer
  • 1977 MR I
  • 1978 Artificial heart
  • 1979 Cell phone
  • 1980 Vaccine for hepatitis B
  • 1981 MS – DOS invented
  • 1982 Human growth hormone
  • 1983 Soft bifocal invented
  • 1984 Apple Macintosh invented
  • 1985 Microsoft windows
  • 1986 Disposable camera and
  • 1987 3-D video game
  • 1988 Doppler radar
  • 1989 High definition TV
  • 1990 World Wide Web (WWW)
  • 1991 Digital answering machine
  • 1992 Nicotine patch
  • 1993 Pentium processor
  • 1994 Netscape navigator
  • 1995 JAVA programming language
  • 1996 Web TV
  • 1997 Gas powered fuel-cell
  • 1998 Viagra 1999 My Space introduced
  • 2000 Transformer fluid from vegetable oil
  • 2001 iPOD
  • 2002 Bluetooth introduced
  • 2003 Hybrid car
  • 2004 Google enters stock market
  • 2005 You Tube
  • 2006 Pluto loses planet status
  • 2007 iPhone
  • 2008 HULU movie site introduced
  • 2009 3D camera
  • 2010 iPad
  • 2011 The print brush
  • 2012 Assisted walking device
  • 2013 GPS luggage locating device

(Source: http://inventors.about.com/od/timelines/a/ModernInvention.htm )

A lot has changed since 1948 but our commitment to providing the best auto repair and service has only improved with age. And, we continue to believe that we have been kept in business by the best collection of customers an auto repair shop could hope to have. KC Martin thanks all of our customers who have helped us grow our business over the years.

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