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Thread: Can You Believe Thread was once 35 Cents?

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    Can You Believe Thread was once 35 Cents?

    I have been sewing since I was 10 years old (50 years). When my Mom passed away I took all of her sewing supplies. I still have 2 spools of thread with the price still on them, they were 35 cents for 125 yards. They are colors you wouldn't use every day, dark magenta and turquoise. I love thinking of her every time I see them.
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    Ha! I remember when gasoline was 29 cents a gallon!!!

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    I have some thread that belonged to my husband's grandmother. She passed away 28 years ago at age 92. She was a wonderful seamstress and quilter. It makes me smile when I look at them. I wonder what she would think about he way we quilt today.
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    lol, me too. i don't think I knew about thread back then, but I remember the gasoline signs as I reclined in the station wagon ;-)
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    I can top that. I have my grandmother's wooden spools with thread on them and they were 5 cents. They were from the 1930's and I have her Singer sewing machine that she bought for $3.00 per week for 6 months in 1937. I just used it this past week on the quilt I am making and it is still as wonderful for me as it was for her.
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    made me think of my late mil one day a few years ago she handed me a dollar and ask me to do to store and pick up 3 or 4 spools of thread she was suffering with alz. but hadn't lost her sewing skills her items were no longer precise like they once were but she stilled quilted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Ha! I remember when gasoline was 29 cents a gallon!!!
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Ha! I remember when gasoline was 29 cents a gallon!!!
    Me too. We could cruise all night for $1.00.

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    But putting everything into perspective, my husband's first job only paid $65 per week!

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    The dollar sure has lost a lot of value over the years. Seems silly it takes more dollars, could just raise the dollar value. But I know it doesn't work that way but it should.
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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.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Ha! I remember when gasoline was 29 cents a gallon!!!
    Yes and if your were low on funds you could get a dollars worth and actually have enough to go somewhere!

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    ...and the milkman came to the house to pick up the empty glass bottles and leave full ones.
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    I remember many of these. We used to take the large spools for thread (once empty), hammer in 4 nails, and make a knitted tube from that. Now instead of using this freebe, you buy a plastic spool with tabs on it to do the same thing. Or, buy some newly made wooden spools, and add nails.

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    Speaking of thread -- I don't know how much the thread cost at the time, but my grandmother's job as a child was to carefully remove the basting threads from garments her aunt (a paid seamstress) was making. The point was that the basting thread was re-used. Grandma was born in 1886. I imagine she probably had to do that again later on during the depression to conserve thread.

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