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AZDuffman
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July 7th, 2012 at 6:09:39 AM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

Judging by this sort of comment, seems to me we have had a lot of inflation in fast food. Just using the CPI inflation calculator does not seem to explain all this.

I think one thing though is the fanciness and the *size* of the stuff we want to buy in fast food now. And the amount of money kids today expect to have as allowances and such.



It is not scientiffic, but youtube some old fast food commercials from the 1970s. The burgers just look bigger and better than today. The quality seems far lower as well. I'd attribute some of this to the psycological need to keep the value-meals <$1 or $1.50 and the combos at some important level. But most of fast food has gone from quick-but-basic to borerline-disgusting since the 1980s. Some exception like Carl's, Jr are not totally horrid, but MCD, BK, WEN are a shadow of their old selves.
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July 7th, 2012 at 8:50:25 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

In 1965 a burger was a dime, fries were a dime, and a drink was a dime.
I used to get 4 burgers, 4 fries, and a large drink for under a dollar.



In 1965 Ginop Marchetti of the baltimoe Colts had a string of burger joints called Gino's I still remember their commercial. Burgers were .15, fries were .14, soda was .10. " Feed a family of 5 for $1.95. "

I also remember when Swanson and banquet frozen dinner came out in 1953. In 1956 I was working in Schreiber Bros grocery store . the dinners were 49 cents . Every once in a while we would have a sale 3 for $1. Most people would buy 5 or 6 each day as nobody had freezers back then.

The most amazing part is those dinner were the size of the Banquet $1 frozen dinners now. And a working man would eat one of them and a slice of bread for dinner. Gee, wonder why obesity is such a problem now. LOL
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July 7th, 2012 at 11:32:11 AM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

Judging by this sort of comment, seems to me we have had a lot of inflation in fast food. Just using the CPI inflation calculator does not seem to explain all this.



That same year, 1965, burger and fries went to 15 cents each.
We were devastated.
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July 7th, 2012 at 11:34:43 AM permalink
I can understand that. In 1965 the 5 and dime actually had things you could buy for a dime. Like a kite or a water pistil.
vendman1
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July 7th, 2012 at 11:38:56 AM permalink
My dad grew up in Iowa in the 50's and claims there was no speed limit exept in towns. He says they routinely drove farm equipment on the roads as young as 12...without any kind of license. Things change. Can you imagine the liability issues today? Wow.
EvenBob
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July 7th, 2012 at 11:39:56 AM permalink
Quote: buzzpaff


I also remember when Swanson and banquet frozen dinner came out in 1953.



Now there's a memory. My grandmother, born in poverty
in 1898, would save the TV dinner foil containers. When
she had not enough leftovers for another meal, she would
use the containers to make future TV dinners. A piece of
fried chicken, some mashed potatoes, some boiled peas,
and into the freezer. Those old people wasted nothing.

My first taste of Mexican food was Swanson Mexican TV
dinners in 1960. Every Fri my dad would bring them home with
a loaf of French bread and we loved them. It was a ritual
for years and we really looked forward to Friday nights.
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July 7th, 2012 at 11:44:20 AM permalink
One of my best memories of the 60's was when I worked Midnight to 8 and once a week would buy a gallon of milk, a loaf of French bread and a pound of Land of Lakes butter. Would stop at my cousin Cookies house. What a great breakfast.

Bob, every showed anybody was is behind the package of butter than Indian maiden is holding on Land Of Lakes package ??
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July 7th, 2012 at 12:51:30 PM permalink
Remember when everybody used to work on their own
cars? Brakes, new muffler, filters, oil change. I can't
remember the last time I changed my own oil, its
been 15 years at least.

I knew a guy in the 60's that had a 55 Chevy and he
changed his oil once a week or 300 miles. He said a
car will run forever if the oil is clean. He was mostly
right. Sears would deliver 55 gallon drums of 10w-30
right to his house.
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July 7th, 2012 at 1:03:55 PM permalink
Quote: buzzpaff

One of my best memories of the 60's was when I worked Midnight to 8 and once a week would buy a gallon of milk, a loaf of French bread and a pound of Land of Lakes butter. Would stop at my cousin Cookies house. What a great breakfast.

Bob, every showed anybody was is behind the package of butter than Indian maiden is holding on Land Of Lakes package ??


Oh Ya I remember the land o lakes butter trick.
The mountain is tall but the grass grows on top of the mountain.
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July 7th, 2012 at 1:23:31 PM permalink
Amazing how many people do not.

I saw it the first time in 1956. And it still exists today. Somethings are timeless. LOL

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