Pretty evening and dollars and cents (Original Boomerang for December 18, 1920)

MacKay Harbor, July 12, 2015

MacKay Harbor, July 12, 2015

First the pretty evening … check out those cumulonimbus clouds in the distance! It was 70-something and sprinkling on and off when this photo was taken (at 6:30 PM).

Original Boomerang, December 18, 1920

Original Boomerang, December 18, 1920

And then another issue of the original Boomerang! The first and next to the last stories are especially mind-boggling in the realm of dollars and cents and what they were worth in 1920 compared to what they’re worth 95 years later, in 2015. In the first we learn that the cost of a bus ride is going up to 8 cents. In the face of this elevation the Boomerang man reports of the residents of 2813 Cottage Ave: “we have all washed our feet, trimmed our corns and toenails so that we’ll be ready to walk.” Would 8 cents in 1920 have been similar to the $2.00 it costs to ride the bus in San Francisco today? According to this site here, 8 cents in 1920 dollars could have been as little as 72 cents today or as much as $15.60, depending on which of twelve possible measures you’re using: e.g. real price, labor value, income value, etc. If it cost $15.60 to ride the bus in San Francisco, I would definitely be walking too … With this range of comparisons in mind, the figure in the next to the last item in this issue is really eye-popping: the Boomerang man reports that the church raised $3000 that morning! According to the same site, $3000 1920 dollars  would amount to anywhere between $27,100 and $586,000! Any way you look at it, those Methodists were generous! These calculations also renew our sympathy for Beth/Betty, who in the last issue of the original Boomerang (here), had lost her wallet, which had been loaded up with $4.00, which would have been at least as much as $40.00 these days.

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One thought on “Pretty evening and dollars and cents (Original Boomerang for December 18, 1920)

  1. Pingback: Christmas in July (Original Boomerang for December 28, 1920) | The Boomerang Blog

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