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What a Dollar Would Buy from 1945 - 1960

Take a look at this year-by-year breakdown of what you could get for a dollar since 1945.

Anyone who's approached a vending machine with a buck in their hand realizes that a dollar doesn't get you too far these days, but that wasn't always the case.

1945 — Four paperback copies of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People.
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1946 — One men's flannel shirt.
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1947 — Eight cans of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup.
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1948 — Five boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.
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1949 — Seven loaves of bread.
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1950 — Four pounds of frozen green beans.
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1951 — One package of 25 thrift Christmas cards.
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1952 — A little under three pounds of coffee.
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1953 — 24 pounds of potatoes.
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1954 — One pound of T-bone steak.
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1955 — One Slinky.
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1956 — 15 eggs.
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1957 — One bath towel.
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1958 — 25 pounds of celery.
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1959 — Seven cans of cream corn.
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1960 — Three cans of Del Monte Peaches.
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