When I was a child my dad would tell me stories about how he and his little brother would spend an entire day at the movies for fifteen cents. My mom’s family frequented a restaurant called the Automat where they could buy little plates of food for a nickel each. These prices still sound unbelievable. Yet, now, at 51, I tell my daughter about the three big pretzels I could by at the mall for a quarter, when I was a child. Today, those same pretzels would cost $7.50.

I can’t even imagine the stories that my daughter will tell her children. Here’s a look at some other prices that have changed drastically over the last 100 (almost) years.


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