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History of What Things Cost in America


-Total annual cost of Cornell University, including living expenses was $1,400 (1927) -A Harley-Davidson motorcycle cost $235 (1927) -A camera cost $80 (1928) -A Chrysler Imperial Sedan cost $2,995 (1928) -One pound of coffee cost $0.47 -$1 in 1925 = $12.20 today In 1925, America found itself in the midst of the “Roaring Twenties,” which saw a heavy emphasis on rampant business growth and consumerism. In 1925, more than 40 million Americans went to the movies each week, there were 20 million cars on the road, and owning a radio was, for most Americans, as important as owning a television is today. In this year, Chesterfield Cigarettes began marketing to women, and Hormel introduced its first processed meat in a can, which would later be called “Spam.”

(AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)

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