How Much Did It Cost in the 1960s?




So, How Much Did It Cost in the 1960s?




A while back, I wrote a post about what things cost back in 1950.

I mainly wanted to compare prices back then to current prices today.

I grew up in the 1960s listening to The Beatles, eating TV dinners in front of the “black and white” television set, watching I Love Lucy, and enjoying life without internet access and cell phone technology.




Price Comparison

Product 1965 2009
Median Household Income $6,100 $48,855
Minumum Wage $1.25 $7.25
1st Class Postage Stamp $0.05 $0.44
1 Gallon of Regular Gasoline $0.31 $2.47
1 Gallon of Milk $0.95 $2.99
Movie Tickets $1.00 $11.00
Avg Price of a House $21,500 $258,000
A Dozen Eggs $0.53 $1.79

Sources:   1970s FlashbackU.S. House PricesAverage U.S. Movie Tickets

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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