Storefronts and Prices 75 Years Ago

In the summer of 1939, one could buy three heads of iceberg lettuce for $0.10 and two pounds of cherries for $0.17. Stoneware mixing bowls cost $0.14 a piece, brooms were $0.29, and ladies got a free rose at the hardware store on Wednesdays. How does that compare to what we’re spending 75 years later? Inflation accounts for some of what we pay today, but not entirely.

Photos: Top: 20th Century Market at 724 Hennepin Ave. Photo taken soon after the store opened, June 11, 1939. Bottom: Warner Hardware, on 7th Street between Hennepin and Nicollet. Night photo taken around the store’s grand opening, June 28, 1939.