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from the pages of an old diary – cost of living

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Some of the most interesting entries in my great-aunt’s diaries concern the cost of living.  She often recorded the prices of food, goods or services they obtained.  I read through her entries for 1954, 1955, 1957 and 1967 and noted some of these.  By comparing the amounts for the same items in the 1950s and 1967, you can see that prices were on the rise!

 Date  Item  Cost
 
 food
 Nov. 22, 1954  chicken  $3.00 per chicken
 Nov. 10, 1967  chicken  haircut (barter system)
 June 30, 1955  eggs  $0.40 per dozen
 Dec. 14, 1957  eggs  $0.50 per dozen
 July 12 and July 14, 1967  strawberries  $0.35 per box
 July 19, 1967  strawberries  $1.40 for 4 boxes
 Oct. 22, 1967  oysters  $2.00 per pint
 Nov. 17, 1967  box of chocolates  $1.29 per box
 
 entertainment
 June 5, 1957  lobster supper at church  $1.00
 June 7, 1967  lobster supper (community function)  $1.50
 November 1, 1957  turkey dinner (community function)  $1.00
 October 25, 1967  turkey dinner (community function)  $1.25
 Feb. 13, 1954  Valentine Tea at church hall  $0.60
 June 22, 1957  tea in church hall  $0.50
 July 9, 1957  show (movie theatre)  $0.50
 
 goods
 May 7, 1957  T.V. from Simpsons  $269.95
 March 12, 1957  ‘silence’ cloth for table  $2.00
 Sept. 10, 1954  new shoes  $6.95
 April 23, 1957  black Oxfords (White Cross)  $9.95
 June 14, 1954  shingles for barn  $50.18
 May 17, 1967  house shingled  $163.00
 May 17, 1954  wood for stove  $40.00 (probably total for year)
 
 services
 July 8, 1954  hair permanent  $4.00
 Dec. 16, 1957  hair permanent  $3.25
 Sept. 20, 1967  hair permanent  $6.00
 March 13, 1957  tailoring – a ‘Black Watch’    skirt  $4.94 for material and sewing
 Sept. 6-10, 1967  vacation accommodation (room in house)  $8.00 per night
 Sept. 6-10, 1967  vacation accommodation (motel)  $14.00 per couple

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©  Jane Tims  2012

Written by jane tims

March 12, 2012 at 7:17 am

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  1. Hilarious Jane.!
    Noticing your great-aunts “hair permanent” being the most expensive in 1967 at 6.00. My mother-in law buys “toni’s” still to this day for 6 dollars a box.! I wonder if your great aunt means a “box” of permanent that she did herself or did she have a hair dresser give her a permanent.? Very Interesting,,Thanks for sharing.!

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    patsi

    March 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    • Hi Patsi. My great-aunt usually went out to have her hair done. She didn’t stay with one hairdresser because she mentions different names over the years. I haven’t had a perm since 1990. My hair is as straight as sticks! Jane.

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      jane tims

      March 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  2. Wow – last time I bought local free-range chicken eggs they were $4.00 a dozen. My dad keeps pointing out that new cars now cost more than it cost him to build his house 1960…

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    Barbara Rodgers

    March 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    • Hi Barbara. The price I find funny is for a permanent. I haven’t had a perm for a while, but I know it was about $60.00 … Also the movies… a movie ticket today is at least $10.00 and when you add all the extras, the movies are an expensive ‘date’. Jane

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      jane tims

      March 14, 2012 at 6:55 am

  3. $269.95 for a television in 1957- that was real money back then!

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    Watching Seasons

    March 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm


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