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Thread: Can You Believe Thread was once 35 Cents?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954 View Post
    My goodness! I was going to say that exact thing. I can also remember when bread was the same price, and stamps were a nickel.

    I wish I had some of my mother's old wooden spools, and the buttons. She had a large wooden box filled with buttons. We never seemed to actually use them. We just played with them.
    Ok, I'm old! I remember the 3cent stamp! Still have the button box...3 infact. Have lots of wooden spools. Don't remember the price of bread. Mother baked her own.

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    I remember when gasoline stations would have gas wars. Gas station on every corner, and it would get down to a dime for awhile. Ice cream cone was a nickel for one dip, malted milk was thirty-four cents, and 1/2 gal of ic cream was $1.00 with tax. I remember going to the store for thread, pattern, and fabric with $5.00, and coming home with change. LOL I must be older than I feel.
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    I also remember the 3-cent stamp.

    Wish I had kept the old old Sears or Montgomery Ward catalog when a shirt was less than 50 cents. Maybe people really did make only $1.00 a day back then.

    If one goes back to percentage of income, maybe some things still cost the same.

    If one only had 10 cents, 25 cents was a LOT of money then.

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    Lots of company on Memory Lane this morning. When I was in college, gas was 23 a gallon, cigarettes were 21 a pack, and Life Savers were 5 a roll. Life was good!
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    I remember when a 3 Musketeers bar was five cents and advertised as big enough to "share with a friend" -- and it was! I used to share with two friends because the bar used to be divided into 3 parts, not 2 as it is now. My father said as a child he was able to buy a bucket of milk (I'm sure it was whole milk!) for a nickel. And I remember when my typewriter keyboard had a cents sign. My current computer keyboard does not have one; I suspect it was replaced by the @ sign!

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    Oh my gosh! How fun this thread is. Remember evening in paris perfume, Ipanna toothpaste, orange cream push-up ice cream, blackjack gum? How about 45's and skirts with a huge scratchy slip, I forgot the name of, and you wore a scarf on your ponytail. Oh it was a crinoline!

    I have a paper pattern box 3/4 full of thread spools. My niece grew up using them to play with. (she is eight in july) I also have many, many older sewing patterns I have collected through the years. The sizing on them was so different than today's.
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    My daughter needed a cover for her Sunbeam mixer and all the patterns in current books were for Kitchenaids. I found a pattern in my pattern drawer and knew it must have been there for many years.....the price on it was 25 cents!

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    My father used to tell me about Saturday cinema where you paid 1 penny and watched films plus an orange. He would be 93 now.
    My Saturday cinema never interested me but I do remember a man outside giving puppies away.
    In the village the milk came in a churn on the back of a cart pulled by a horse and you filled up any container you had.
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    I remember back during WW2, Mom fed 5 of us on $5.00 a week. She allways said "Thank G.. for rationing stamps."

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    I must be really old. I remember everything on this topic. LOL

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