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Congrats to Coming of Age, Baby Boomers!

January 12, 2011| By

The baby boomer generation spans from births in 1946 to 1964. They make up about 26% of the U.S. population. They were very instrumental in bringing about many of the things we take for granted today. About the time the first baby boomers were being born, the average cost of a new home was $5,600. You could buy a tie for $1.50. It was an exciting time when World War II came to an end and the GI bill made housing and education affordable. Here’s what was happening in the U.S. between 1946 and 1949. Next time I’ll share with you what were some of the inventions taking place when the 1950 to 1953 boomers were being born.

In 1946:

  • Automatic electric blanket
  • Bikinis go on sale in Paris
  • Carbon-14 dating

In 1947:

  • Microwave oven
  • Tupperware gets a patent

In 1948:

  • Long playing records known as LPs (now they’re collectors’ items)
  • Frisbee
  • Velcro
  • Transistor radio (another collectors’ item)

In 1949:

  • 45 rpm record (now you could enjoy a single song without having to buy the full album
  • Cake mix
  • First Polaroid camera sold

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