FAQ

Question: Can you give some examples of the cost of living in the 1930s? Answer:  Here are a few staples from that era:

  • Bread (20 oz loaf) $.05
  • Butter (per lb) $.28
  • Coffee (per lb) $.26
  • Eggs (per dozen) $.29
  • Hamburger (per lb) $.10
  • Milk (per qt) $.10
  • Potatoes (per lb.) $.01
  • Cigarettes $.15 pack
  • Whiskey (per qt) $1.50 (after 1932)
  • Men’s shoes $4.00
  • Women’s shoes $.69

Q: What did a car cost? A: A new 1930 Model A Ford roadster sold for $385 and gasoline was $.10 a gallon.

Q: What was the cost of housing? A: A farm and six-room house averaged $4,250 and a 3-room apartment rented for $15 per month.

Q: “What were the wages?” A: Politicians were the highest paid. The annual income of a U.S. Congressman was $8,663 while the U.S. average household income was only $1,368. Here are some other examples:

  • Doctors made $3,382 per year
  • Lawyers made $4,218 a year while hired guns did better at $5,200
  • Farm hands were the lowest paid at $216 per year
  • Schoolteachers made slightly less than bus drivers $1,373 compared to $1,227

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