What You Could Buy for $1 in the 50s and 60s
“Why when I was your age…” These days, one dollar doesn’t buy you a whole lot of anything. But if you remember the 1950s and 1960s, or even if you don’t, a buck went a long way… A really, really long way.
Then again, this was a time when, like say in1955, the average income was $4,137. A brand new 1963 Corvette would set you back $4,260. And a 3-day ticket to Woodstock in 1968 was $18 (though almost everyone got in free).
So just what would $1.00 buy you in the 50s and 60s? Well, glad you asked…
In 1952, you could score just under 3-pounds of coffee for just one buck.
In 1964, $1 would get 1 carload into the drive-in movies.
1n 1954, you could load up on 24 pounds of potatoes.
Gas? In 1969 you could pump in just under 3 gallons.
In 1954, a 16 ounce T-bone steak would set you back a buck.
In 1955, a Slinky cost one dollar. That was a lot for that magical toy but so worth it!
In 1968, you’ve bought up 20 Hershey’s Bars.
5 fast food hamburgers in 1962 = $1.00.
In 1950, you could buy 4 pounds of frozen free beans.
In 1965, one dollar would buy you 80 ounces of frozen French fries
In 1966, 5 bottle of Heinz Ketchup to put on those fries.
Eggs? In 1956, $1 would get you 18.
In 1960, 3 cans of Del Monte peaches.
In 1959, 7 cans of deliciously gross cans cream style corn.
In 1951, a package of 25 Christmas cards.
In 1961, $1 would get you 4 boxes of Cheerios.
In 1958, you could get 25 pounds of celery for $1. Why you would ever want or need 25 pounds of celery beats me.
In 1967, one dollar would get you 4 loafs of bread.
In 1963, you could get 3 pints of fresh picked blueberries.
In 1957, 1 bath towel, 1 buck.
source: Vintage Everyday