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1920s Cost Of Food

Below and how much food and groceries cost in the 20's

These Prices were all taken from newspaper adds around the country

Fresh Meat and Vegetables

  • Bacon 1 lb. 52¢ 1920
  • Bacon 1 lb. 47¢ 1925
  • Beef Rib Roast1 lb 39¢ 1926 New York
  • Bread 1 lb. 12¢ 1920
  • Bread 1 lb. 1925
  • Bread 1 lb. 10¢ 1925 New York
  • Bread 1 lb. 10¢ 1929 Chicago
  • Butter 1 lb. 70¢ 1920
  • Butter 1 lb. 55¢ 1925
  • Butter 1 lb. 56¢ 1929 Chicago
  • Butter 1 lb. 57¢ 1925 Los Angeles
  • Cabbage 1 lb. 1920 WI
  • Cheese I lb. 38¢ 1926 New York
  • Chicken 1 lb. 39¢ 1925 New York
  • Chicken lb. 42¢ 1929 New York
  • Codfish 1 lb. 29¢ 1924 WI
  • Prunes 3 lbs. 25¢ 1924 WI
  • Pure Lard 5 lbs. $1.20 1920 WI
  • Round Steak 1 lb. 40¢ 1920
  • Round Steak 1 lb. 36¢ 1925
  • Round Beef Steak 1 lb. 36¢ 1926 Chicago
  • Round Beef Steaks 1 lb. 43¢ 1925 New York
  • Round Beef Steaks 1 lb. 51¢ 1929 New York
  • Sugar 5 lbs. 97¢ 1920
  • Sugar 5 lbs. 35¢ 1925
  • Watermelon 1 lb. 1920 WI

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    • Carmel Wafers (1lb.) 36¢ 1924 WI
    • Coffee 1 lb. 47¢ 1920
    • Coffee 1 lb. 52¢ 1925 Washington
    • Coffee 1 lb. 50¢ 1925
    • Coffee 1 lb. 45¢ 1929 New York
    • Cornmeal 1 lb. 1925 New York
    • Cornmeal 1 lb. 1929 Los Angeles
    • Eggs 1 Doz. 47¢ 1920 WI
    • Eggs 1 doz. 25¢ 1924 WI
    • Eggs 1 doz. 68¢ 1925
    • Eggs 1 doz. 55¢ 1925
    • Eggs 1 doz. 59¢ 1929 New York
    • Fancy Lake Trout 1 lb. 22¢ 1920 WI
    • Flour 5 lbs. 41¢ 1920
    • Flour 5 lbs. 31¢ 1925
    • Lemons 6 15¢ 1920 WI
    • Lettuce 3 Heads 25¢ 1924 WI
    • macaroni 3 lbs 25¢ 1924 WI
    • Milk ½ Gal. 33¢ 1920
    • Milk ½ Gal. 28¢ 1925
    • Navy Beans 1 lb. 10¢ 1926 New York
    • Norwegian Sardines in Olive Oil 15¢ 1924 WI
    • Oranges 6 25¢ 1920 WI
    • Oranges 1 Doz. 63¢ 1920
    • Oranges 1 Doz. 57¢ 1925
    • Peaches 1 lb. 17¢ 1924 WI
    • Pineapple Sunbeam 40¢ 1924 WI
    • Potatoes 10 lbs. 63¢ 1920
    • Potatoes 10 lbs. 36¢ 1925
    • Prunes 1 lb. 1920 WI

From Our Furniture 1920's page

Refrigerator with cork insulation and white enamel exterior

Twenties Refrigerator

Price: $29.98

The latest in modern refrigerators with a steel covered with white enamel exterior and a cork lined interior to keep your food fresh, the ice box is large enough to ensure cold air circulates fully around the refrigerator, Refrigerators back in the 20's used the basic principle of filling an ice box with ice which allowed cool air to circulate around your food, cork at the time was the best form of insulation around and meant the ice and food would last longer.


From Our Home Appliances 1920's page

1928 RCA Electric Radiola

RCA Electric Radiola

Price: $495

Further up the page I detailed what was required to make a Radio work ( 1926 ) But RCA had an answer with the Hand Built Super Heterodyne All Electric Radio which included speakers with better reception, more power The price is quite staggering for me costing in todays money in excess of $5,000