This Is What Shopping Was Like 50 Years Ago, Now Where's My Time Machine

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This Is What Shopping Was Like 50 Years Ago, Now Where's My Time Machine

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If you grew up in the 1960s, you're probably not impressed by much these days.

You grew up in a world facing the threat of nuclear war, and - even scarier - before cell phones were invented.

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In case you're curious just how much things have changed, take a trip down memory lane with these surprising facts about 1968:

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In case you need a refresher, 1968 was the year the world saw the first heart transplant, the first ATM machine, and some seriously bold fashion choices.

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The average annual salary was a modest $7,143, so if you wanted to buy a family home you had to save up.

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While older property was cheaper, new homes ranged from $14,000-26,000.

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Still, your pay was more than enough to buy your weekly grocery staples. A dozen eggs cost just 53 cents, while a gallon of milk would set you back $1.07.


A copy of The New York Times was 10 cents, except for the Sunday edition, which was a whopping 30 cents.

But buying your groceries was just the start of your week, and you still had spending money left over for something special.

Let's say your family was in the market for a new car.

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The average new model would cost $2,822. If you were willing to settle for say, a VW Beetle, it would only cost $1,500.

Thankfully, filling up the tank was pretty cheap. A gallon of gas was just 34 cents.

There were many ways to keep yourself entertained (even without the internet). A new record would cost you about 70 cents, and there was great selection. "Hey Jude" by The Beatles was the year's hit single.


At the movies, a ticket for $1.50 would let you see hits like The Graduate and Planet of the Apes.

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To grab a bite after the movie, you could swing by McDonald's. America's favorite fast food chain was already up and running, and it had just introduced the Big Mac.


The chain's burgers were only 15 cents each (19 cents with cheese) while coke and fries were 10 cents each.


With those prices, it's easy to see why the burger flippers behind the counter were making just $1.60 an hour (the federal minimum wage at the time).

Do you remember 1968?

[H/T: Dummies]

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