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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:14 PM

8. To put prices into perspective,

in 1950 the federal minimum wage in this country was 75 cents an hour. In 1956 it went up to $1.00/hour.

Yes, that money was worth more and bought more than those amounts today, but the long distance call cost is a good example. Back then ordinary people rarely made long distance calls because of the expense. Not too long ago I read a novel about a group of women who became friends when their husbands were all stationed at the same air base in England in the 1950s. When they came back to the states they wound up in different parts of the country. But they called each other pretty regularly, which was unbelievable enough, but they also regularly talked by phone to a woman back in England who was also a friend. They'd have been writing letters.

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