I love to page through old magazines using Google Books. Here's a November 1941 edition of LIFE magazine discussing the rising costs of foods during this period. Prices had gone up as much as 14% in two years on some items.
This is a great image from the issue. It's amazing to see how much prices have gone up since this period. Looking further on in the article, it lists medical costs at being $100 per year. That's one co-pay for us sometimes!
Here are some other items I thought were worth a chuckle:
- Shoes: $5.19
- Gasoline: .20¢
- Movies: .35¢
- Cigarettes: .15¢
I'd be interested to know how these costs compared to individual salaries at the time.