Only a nickel, or maybe a penny

I saw this photo online and came up with the cartoon below, which was published Friday. This is an image from the Jersey Shore in 1905. It was entitled, “Ice cream sandwiches at the beach.”

As I looked at the photo, I was thinking, “They probably paid a nickel for the ice cream since back then everything was a nickel.” But then I noticed on the wagon it says the ice cream sandwiches were only 1 cent.

But usually whenever you hear of something from history – not even that far back, like say the 1940s and 1950s – things were a nickel – the price of a movie admission, the price of a sandwich, the price of an ice cream cone and of course the price of a pickle.

I suppose the cartoon could have taken place today, in a dollar store, where everything is a dollar, but I like historical things and drawing historical images.

I know I went overboard with all the items and prices, but I thought it made the image funnier.

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One thought on “Only a nickel, or maybe a penny

  1. One of my memories of Miami in the 1950s was parking meters that took pennies! For that one-cent fee you got twelve minutes one the meter.

    That would come out to an hour for a nickel. But I think (not a firm memory) by the time they replaced the machines to take nickels (and soon quarters) some inflation had already kicked in and you only got 30 minutes for the 5 cents.

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