1959: The year of Sgt Dixon and Barbie
The inflation rate in the UK was 0.8 per cent and the average three-bedroom house cost £2,400.
A gallon of petrol was 4/6 (22.5p).
A sliced loaf of bread was around 11d.
A pint of mild was 9d with 11d for a pint of bitter.
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A new Mini cost £497.
Fish and chips 1/11 (10p).
A newspaper was 2d.
Average household wealth in 2009 was £236,998, compared with £72,719, measured at modern prices, in 1959.
The first Barbie doll went on sale.
Postmaster General banned DH Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Top TV shows included: Clint Eastwood in Rawhide, Juke Box Jury, Dixon of Dock Green and The Huckleberry Hound Show.