A Bargain at Any Price
But it might interest you to
know that in that same year you could have purchased a gallon of
gasoline for 20 cents.
And if inflation got you down, you could
kill yourself affordably by overeating. A 14 ounce can of
Hershey's Syrup was 17 cents, sliced bacon went for 69 cents a
pound, and bread was only 16 cents.
You could buy a 10-pack of Gillette Blue
Blades for 49 cents and still mail a suicide note for 3 cents in
In 1953 a typical house went for
around $17,400. You could even brag about your new home to all
of your friends via U.S. Mail without breaking your budget.
Postage was still 3 cents.
Others stepped away from their desks
long enough to ogle the girl next door, looking resplendent her
nylon hose ($1.00) as she went off to work toting her Mickey
Mouse Lunchbox (88 cents).
And if they needed transportation to
the post office they could choose from a variety of Ford
automobiles that cost under $1,800.
And if that future included
enrollment at Harvard, it would only cost them $1,250 a year for
And while prices on this and most
other things continue to fluctuate, one thing does stay
constant: the value of the written word.
Bread didn't cost a lot of dough
Once, it was even cheaper
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