A kilo of bacon would have cost you just 36p, milk cost less then 3p, eggs 23p a dozen, while a bottle of beer would have set you back 9p.
Smokers may be upset to hear that a packet of 20 cigarettes cost less than 18p.
One of the biggest changes is in house prices. In 1952, when Winston Churchill was prime minister, the average house cost £1,891 in 1952. A similar house today (with mod cons, of course) would cost £162,722.
So times have certainly changed – at least when it comes to cost. Yet the economy now has a faint echo of 1952.
Then, too, was a period of austerity. One difference is the unemployment rate stood at just 1.9 per cent in 1952, compared with more than 8 per cent now.
There’s one issue where we hope history doesn’t repeat itself: 1952 was also an Olympic year. Yet the UK recorded its lowest ever medal tally in 1952, winning just one gold.
l Stephen Blackman is an economist at RBS.