It’s been one hundred years Nathan’s hot dogs.
Things were not only cheaper back in the ’60s, but we got more for our money, as well.
Around 1963 or so, I would get a $2.50 weekly allowance. I lived in Brooklyn, and with a quick half-hour walk, I would wind up in Coney Island, where I would have two hot dogs at 20 cents each, fries for a dime, and soda for a nickel at Nathan’s. I would then go up to the Boardwalk, where I could get three scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry) on a fresh baked waffle for 25 cents.
I would then go to the movies, where I would see a newsreel, cartoons, coming attractions and two movies for 50 cents. (adult admission was 99 cents). The only bad thing was that I was over 12 but still had to sit in the kids section and survive yelling, screaming and thrown objects.
The theater would hire a matron, usually a heavy-set older woman, to try to maintain order to no avail. Anyway, did you add it up? It was $1.30. I could do this twice a week, usually pleading poverty to my parents and getting the extra dime. I also remember when White Castle opened across from my high school in 1965; sliders were 8 cents.
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When I was going to college and for a time after, in the early ’70s, there was the Schaefer Music Festival in Central Park. You could see two top pop/rock acts (and I am talking A-list here) like Loggins and Messina, Don McLean, Melanie, America, Neil Young for one buck! If you wanted to be close to the stage and splurge, you could for 2 bucks!
If you were a Yankee fan, you could sit in the bleachers for 50 cents. If you were a fan of either the Yanks or Mets, you could sit in the upper deck for a $1.30. You could ride the subway for 15 cents. And I went to college for free. Not because I won a scholarship, simply because all NYC residents could go to City University schools gratis.
And until we moved out in 1971, my parents paid $103 rent for our apartment in the projects. And in addition to groceries being less costly, you would get trading stamps with your purchase that you could collect for gifts.
If you go further back, I am sure you recall prices of things being even lower.
Instead of quizzing you on something related to my column this week, I would love to read some memories from you about prices of things you recall and especially if you remember anything your parents (or yourself) redeemed your trading stamps for. My only recollection is a toaster we got for my grandmother. I’ll mention some next week. Just e-mail me [email protected] and include your town.
Coming up: another Todd’s live music trivia game in Sayreville, Saturday night, April 28. Details next week.
Last week’s answers:
- Gordon Jump did many commercials as the Maytag repairman.
- Howard Hesseman starred in “Head of the Class.”
- Loni Anderson was briefly married to Burt Reynolds.
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Frank Todd is the host of “Todd’s Top 20,” a syndicated oldies radio show heard on over 20 stations around the world, 7 days a week. Visit www.franktoddradio.com for info and the schedule. He will be singing with the a cappella Chorus of the Atlantic on May 12.Go to redbankchorus.org for info.
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