It's the 50th anniversary of Johnson's No More Tears trademark formula! That means that in some families, three generations of mothers have used Johnson's No More Tears products on their children. 50 years! That's a long time. This is what was going on 50 years ago...
In 1959, there were about 4,245,000 births in the U.S. Today, a baby is born every 7 seconds, resulting in about 4,138,349 births a year.
The national population in 1959 was about 178 million. That number has since climbed to a whopping 303 million in 2008.
The average age at which an American woman has her first child has reached to an all-time high of 25.2. This rate is expected to rise, seeing that women are waiting until their late 30s and 40s to have children. Women in 1959 were having babies much earlier, at the average age of just 21.6.
By the end of 1959, the number of children per woman was 3.7. The most recent data shows that today the number of children per woman has decreased to about 2.0.
With the Baby Boom generation underway, finding a name in the 1950s that no one had proved difficult. The most popular names in 1959 were Michael and Mary. The top baby names in 2007 were Sophia and Aiden.
With the price of unleaded regular gas averaging $4.11 a gallon in 2008, it's hard to believe that it was only 25 cents a gallon in 1959.
The average median income in 1959 was about 5,417. Today, the average is roughly $58,407.
In 1959, the average cost of a new home was about $12,400. Today, one can expect to purchase a new home for at least $267,300.
The postage stamp in 1959 cost only 4 cents. With the current price of a stamp at 41 cents, we are lucky to have free Internet access.
And this year, Johnson's is introducing two new No More Tears products: Johnson's Bubble Bath & Wash, and Johnson's Head-To-Toe Foaming Wash. Both contain an updated, even more mild No More Tears formula. I have a Johnson's gift set, including the two new products, plus a whole bunch of classics (Retail value $70!) to give away to one lucky reader! Just leave me a comment here an I'll pick a random winner on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Please check back in on the 27th to see if you've won. You'll have 2 days to email me your shipping information. If I don't hear from you, I'll choose another winner.