Magazine Ads From the Past

16 Feb

These ads will bring a lot of memories to the old-timers among us and will let the younger generation know about the days, when you could buy a Coca-Cola for 5 cents and a pack of gum for 5 cents.

Smokesational! Radiolutionary! Smokerette-Radio by Stewart Warner: The only combination smoker and radio set. Magazine Ad, later 1940’s

A combination radio-smoker which provided smokers with a place for their cigarettes, cigars, pipes and tobacco, while listening to their favorite radio programs on this $49.95 radio.

This is the precursor of the Sony Walkman for only $7.95, before shipping and federal tax.


A one pound bag of Bazooka Bubble Gum will set you back $7.99 today after inflation kicked in.



You could look up and down every aisle of every grocery store in the United States today and not find these prices. Two boxes of Wheaties probably cost at least 25 cents nowadays and two pounds of coffee has probably doubled to 50 cents.


Barber shop prices of the 1900’s on the left. No date given for the prices on the right.


Barber shop prices over a 100 years later. The shave and a haircut of the 1900’s cost a total of 60 cents. That same shave and haircut today costs $33.00.




5 responses to “Magazine Ads From the Past

  1. kennethcarnesi

    February 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Reblogged this on Kenneth Carnesi.

  2. Maryanne

    February 17, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    I remember the Bazooka gum with the comics! This is great Andrew, reminds me when I did research for the “Looking Backward” column at Montclair Times. When I went as far as 75 years ago, I’d see ads like this. It was the coolest thing and so easy to get lost in. My editor always said I took too much time doing the research. Ha-ha 🙂

  3. Andrew Godfrey

    February 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Maryanne, I can understand why you would take a lot of time doing the research, for your “Looking Backward” column. It is interesting to see old grocery prices on windows in movies and television shows. I always liked to see the prices on Dobie Gillis, because his dad owned a grocery store. I remember buying gasoline for 24 cents a gallon in 1969.

  4. sshaver

    February 18, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Yes, and even sadder than these prices is that college tuition has gone through the roof.

  5. Andrew Godfrey

    February 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    We may see fewer and fewer high school students, who can afford to go to college, unless they are awarded a scholarship.


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