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How Much Did It Cost in the 1940s?

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How Much Did It Cost in the 1940s?




The 1940s was marked by World War II, that made a significant impact on the lives of Americans back then. But, cultural events like the Big Band Era and Swing Music helped to shape the future of music to come. Big Bands were the popular craze and big bangs like The Glen Miller Orchestra and Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong paved the way for American Music.

And the beginnings of suburban life started to take hold as Americans flocked to the suburbs in droves.

To continue our series of what things cost during past decades in U.S. History, we look at the price of popular items in the 1940s, compared to the average prices for these same items today in 2017.

Price Comparison

Product 1940 2017
Average Annual Income $1,725 $59,000
Minumum Wage $0.30 $9.80
1st Class Postage Stamp $0.03 $0.50
1 Gallon of Regular Gasoline $0.18 $2.59
1 Gallon of Milk $0.34 $3.30
Movie Tickets $0.25 $9.00
Avg Price of a House $3,920 $377,100
A Dozen Eggs $0.64 $4.52

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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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