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What Happened On These Special Years
90 years Ago In 1924
Aviation and industrial expansion dominate much of the year as two United States army planes complete the first around-the-world flight this year and regular airmail services begin in the United States. The Wrigley Building in Chicago is completed and the IBM Corporation is founded. George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is played for the first time.

70 years Ago In 1944
The tide of World War II begins to turn in favor of the Allies during this year. Operation Overlord, or D-day, successfully lands over 100,000 Allied troops in France. Paris and Rome are liberated. The siege of Leningrad is broken and the Battle of the Bulge takes place. In the United States, President Roosevelt is re-elected to a fourth term and signs the G.I. Bill of Rights.
50 years Ago In 1964
Technology makes huge advances in this year with the creation of the predecessors to our modern computer systems. The BASIC programming language is released and IBM introduces the System/360 computer system. The Beatles begin to dominate the popular music scene as they make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The popular British band also boasts thirteen singles all in the Billboard Top 100 at the same time.
30 years Ago In 1984
This was a year of advances in science and technology. The first Apple Macintosh computer went on sale and CD players were introduced. French scientists identified the AIDS virus and the world was changed forever. A huge famine in Ethiopia attracted attention around the world as a group of celebrities called "Band Aid" came together to record a single for charity.


What do you know or remember
Find The History of Cost Of Living, Prices, Events, Popular Social Culture,
Inventions, Technology By Year, Decade or Type
From The
20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's 70's, 80's, 90's and The New Millennium

History allows us to use just a few words to Instantly recognize a decade
by reading some of the things that occured during that decade check some of the examples below

1920's Flappers, Prohibition, and The Roaring 20's
1930's The Great Depression, Mobsters, Unemployment, Years of the 30's
1940's Pearl Harbor, Concentration Camps, Nuclear Bomb, Second World War of the 40's
1950's Big Cars, Baby Boomers, Cold War, Berlin Wall, of the 50's
1960's Swinging Sixties, Beatles, Beetle's, Pop Music, Youth Culture, Korea, Man on The Moon, Civil Rights Movement, of the 60's
1970's Consumer Driven Economy, Vietnam, Japanese Imports, Race Riots, Arab Israeli War, Watergate of the 70's
1980's Technology Revolution, Anti Nuclear Protests, Aids, Cold War, Lebanon, Apartheid, Terrorism, of the 80's
1990's Yuppie Era, Computers, Internet, Bosnia, Dot Com Boom and Bust, Desert Storm, Soviet Union Breakup of the 90's
Although some of those words or phrases well apply to more than one decade mostly we associate those words or phrases with a specific decade.


Following research into Prices for various goods and commodities ( we used prices advertised in newspapers for our research ) we thought we would share some of those we thought were interesting or showed how improvements in technology can dramatically change prices

Some Examples From The Prices we have included

1920's Prices

  1. Chevrolet Superior Roadster $490.00 1924 Wisconsin ---- Todays Price $ ???
  2. Linenette Middy Dress $4.75 Wisconsin 1920 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  3. Eggs 1 doz. 25cents 1924 WI ---- Todays Price $ ???
  4. Eight Room two-family Home, Partly Modernised $2900 1924 WI ---- Todays Price $ ???

1930's Prices

  1. New Modern 5 bedroom Home $4,100 Appleton Wisconsin 1931 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  2. Dozen Eggs 18 Cents Ohio 1932 ---- Todays Price $ ??? From 1930's Food Prices
  3. Best Coal $9.25 per ton Nebraska 1934 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  4. Bicycle Boys $23.95 West Virginia 1935 ---- Todays Price $ ???

1940's Prices

  1. Kalamazoo Gas Range $199.95 Wisconsin 1948 ---- Todays Price $ ??? From 1940's Appliances Prices
  2. Leg O Lamb 59 cents per pound Illinois 1947 ---- Todays Price $ ???

1950's Prices

  1. 17 inch black and white TV $179.95 Wisconsin 1954 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  2. Ring 1 carat Diamond $399.00 New York 1950 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  3. Chevrolet Corvette $3631 1958 ---- Todays Price $ ??? From 1950's Cars

1960's Prices

  1. Porterhouse Steak $1.19 per pound California 1966 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  2. Swanson Chicken TV Dinner 49 cents California 1961 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  3. Brick Built Ranch Home 3 bedroom $22,800 Chicago Illinois 1966 ---- Todays Price $ ??? From 1960's Homes

1970's Prices

  1. Toyota Corola $3,698 New York 1979 ---- Todays Price $
  2. JVC VHS Video Cassette Recorder !!!! $695 !!!! New York 1979 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  3. Heinz ketchup 19 cents California 1970 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  4. Split Level on Hill Top $32,400 Iowa 1972 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  5. Wrangler Jeans $9.95 Illinois 1978 From 1970's Clothes

1980's Prices

  1. Logitech Mouse !!!! $89.99 !!! New York 1988 ---- Todays Price $ ??? From 1980's Computers
  2. Hands Free Operating Car Phone !!!! $788 !!!! New York 1988 ---- Todays Price $ ???

1990's Prices

  1. PC 286 with printer $1,699.00 Ohio 1990 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  2. Buick Century $13,999.00 Annapolis 1993 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  3. Chicken $1.05 Per pOund Wisconsin 1998 ---- Todays Price $ ???
  4. Lazy Boy Recliner $260.00 Annapolis 1993 From 1990's Furniture Section
Those where I have placed !!! symbols are those that you can see the direct relationship between better technology and prices coming down. There are other examples that show how the cost of consumer goods can change less than inflation or other examples due to manufacturer in China etc.

The People History made interesting
The People History covering 85 years of History From 1920 - 2006 for every year including the following Popular Culture, Music, Film and TV, Technology, World Events Cost of Living, Inflation, Price of goods and property, Wages and The Value of Money through the decades 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's
Current and Future Impovements on The People History
December 2013 - Over the holidays we upgraded our server which has allowed us to add back the sub pages for the years completed with toys, fashion accessories and Fashions for each year, we only removed them because as we increased the number of images showing the sever slowed down, we are also changing the pages slowly to a new menu system ( all links to related pages are now shown at the top of the page that is easier to use, this also allows us to highlight the other web pages our visitors may want to visit. This also will allow us to resume adding additional pages with more examples from each year including photos, prices and descriptions
It takes us about 2 to 3 months of research for each decade so please allow us time to add new sections, update old sections and add new pages - Steve
Over the past two years we at The People History have been working to add new content to the website and update some of our most popular sections. We have added hundreds of pictures and descriptions of toys from the 1920's to the 1990's. We are also in the middle of adding hundreds more images and descriptions related to fashion history from the twenties to the nineties, and we have already completed the sections for the 1920's, 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. Along with the new fashion content, we have updated our furniture, homes, appliances and cars pages for the 20's, 50's and 70's with new images and price information. Another ongoing update includes newly improved music pages with our history of music, 50's music, and 70's music pages showcasing much more information and details than before. We have also been trying to improve user navigation on the site with the implementation of a hover menu on many pages. We have introduced a new section featuring a detailed history of many of the world's most popular sports and have created new quiz pages for users to answer fun trivia on information available throughout the website. In the coming months we hope to expand our content further and dramatically improve the user experience on The People History. We look forward to hearing what you think about our recent changes