These old menus and ads show how affordable and reasonable prices of food, groceries and housing were back in those days.
The world has been on a roller coaster ride for the past few years, with the cost of living skyrocketing and some major cities becoming too expensive to live in due to inflation. The cost of even basic amenities like food, rent and household essentials are getting insanely high. The income with which our parents or grandparents used to lead a luxurious life has now become the bare minimum requirement for this generation. With the COVID-19 pandemic adding to the already distressing reality, this generation of youth is facing a challenging time making ends meet.
This recent economic stature has led people to compare the cost of living during the 1900s. Many on social media are sharing pictures of old restaurant menus, real estate ads, travel ads and grocery costs from the 20th century. We have compiled such noteworthy pictures from the internet, along with a few gathered by Bored Panda and they are a reflection of how the cost of living in the US used to be. Eating out cost people just a few cents and buying properties was almost a cakewalk if one had a decent job. Here are 25 best examples that depict how affordable life used to be in the 1900s and how hard it is now.