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Old Prices

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mrsmopp Sat 18-Nov-17 10:11:58

Can you remember prices of various things from years ago?
As a child I had the Dandy and Beano comics for 2d each. A postage stamp was 2d. Large loaf 9d. Cinema ticket 1/- and Trebor chews were 4 for 1d. Polo mints 2d. Bus fare to town 1d. School dinners were 5/- a week. I'm thinking of the late 1940s, and mum still had her ration book.
What prices can you remember?

paddyann Sat 18-Nov-17 10:17:04

School dinners late 60's 1/- 11d and 10 d..cant for the life of me remember why there was three prices though

Teetime Sat 18-Nov-17 10:20:17

School dinners were a shilling per day in the late 50s.

I earn't £5 a week in 1969.

Smithy Sat 18-Nov-17 10:33:12

My friend and I can remember paying 10d for a glass of cider in a pub. I think that was around 1968. Incidentally we occasionally go into that same pub for lunch and she has a glass of wine, bit more than 10d though.

J52 Sat 18-Nov-17 10:43:12

I seem to remember that petrol was about 3/11 a gallon before we went metric.
I wish it was 35 p now! ( I know not exact equivalent)

kittylester Sat 18-Nov-17 12:29:05

When I was at school, dinners were five shillings.
7" records were 6s and 8d or was it 3 shilling and fourpence - think it was the latter!
When I had my first car in 1972, I could get 3 gallons for 10s!! I suspect I would have got more if I could have got my car to start in 1st rather than 2nd. grin

I rarely turn work out what things might have been years ago but a flipping bar of chocolate is an appalling amount in old money.

Chewbacca Sat 18-Nov-17 12:39:45

A first class stamp was 2 1/2d. A Picnic Bar was 6d, as was a Caramac and Cadbury chocolate bar.. Fry's 5 Centre bar was 4d though. Saturday morning cinema was 4d and the bus fare there was 1d each way.

Marydoll Sat 18-Nov-17 12:59:31

I remember when Cadbury choolate bars came in various sizes in the purple foil wrappers. The 1d and 2d ones were a Sunday treat.
The swimming baths were 1/- and a bag of chips afterwards 1/-.
My bus fare home was 3d, but I used to walk home and spend the bus fare on a quarter of midget mint creams.

Ilovecheese Sat 18-Nov-17 13:00:34

kittylester I remember 45rpms being 6s and 8d in the late 1960s

Marydoll Sat 18-Nov-17 13:01:23

I forgot, my first Saturday job wage was 10/-. My mother took most of it, as were very poor. It eventually went up to 12/6d, of which I got half a crown back as pocket money.

NotAGran55 Sat 18-Nov-17 13:18:49

I got my first record player for Christmas in 1964 when I was nine . A single was 6s 8 pence -exactly 3 for a £1.00

I started work in 1971 at The Met Office as an Assistant Scientific Officer and my salary was £480 pa , plus 20 % shift bonus as it was a 24/7/365 job .

TwiceAsNice Sat 18-Nov-17 13:27:41

I remember cadburys bars you could buy them in 1d 2d and 3 d sizes. I started work full time in 1969 and got paid £20 a month. I had to pay board to my mother, and buy all my own clothes makeup and bus fares out of it. I bought a record player for my boyfriends 20th birthday and it cost me 2 months wages. My dad paid for it and I existed on half pay for 2 months! Our first car an old Wolsey cost us £65

mrsmopp Sat 18-Nov-17 13:39:38

Pair of nylons for 2/11, Woman and Woman's Own 10d each. Six penny worth of chips please, and a good pair of shoes for 29/11. Playing out in summer we had black plimsoles 5/- from Woolworths - they lasted till we went back to school in September. Yes records were 6/8 - never bought an LP they were about 30/- I think.

J52 Sat 18-Nov-17 14:08:11

It’s nearly time to get the box of 6 Christmas baubles out. The price sticker 2/6 is still on the box!

hildajenniJ Sat 18-Nov-17 14:27:16

My first Saturday job paid 19/6d. With my first wage packet I went to Littlewoods and bought a corduroy skirt and matching cardigan, and still had some change, although I don't remember how much. I used to be able to buy a quarter of sweets for 6d. and I think that 2lbs of sugar was also 6d but it might have been 1/-. My husband bought a brand new Ford Anglia for £100 in 1968 after he passed his driving test.

BBbevan Sat 18-Nov-17 15:20:17

When we got married in 1965, DH earned £8.11d and we still managed to save .

BBbevan Sat 18-Nov-17 15:20:58

P.S. I should add, per week

mrsmopp Sat 18-Nov-17 16:12:40

My lovely wedding dress, full length, long sleeves, (we were modest in those days) cost £14 in 1966. Very expensive!
Two years later a traditional Silver Cross pram was £15.
How much would they be today I wonder? Should have kept them!

vampirequeen Sat 18-Nov-17 16:26:05

A Milky Way cost 3d. I remember because Dad used to give me half a crown to get him 1/2 oz of Old Friend and a packet of blue papers then I could spend the 3d change and I always bought a Milky Way. You could also get a penny Dainty which was the least dainty piece of toffee imaginable. Mams used to buy them for the children because once we had them in our mouths we couldn't make a sound for ages as the toffee softened and locked our jaws. We had to simply wait for the lovely toffee to melt in our mouths and finally release us grin A bottle of coke cost 1s. Again I remember this distinctly because I could only have it if I saved my pocket money and paid for it myself. My school dinner cost 1/6. These prices would have all been around 1967/8.

JackyB Sat 18-Nov-17 18:48:14

My first Saturday job paid 10/- and I was still there when we went decimal and then I got 50p. Eventually the Manager realised that some Saturdays I was on my own in the department and was even counting the till when there was no one else there, and so he put it up to one pound, which was what all my friends in the other shops were earning on their Saturday jobs.

I must have left when I left school - but I remember another girl who worked there (a regulare employee, not a Saturday girl) who would buy herself a 45 rpm every week and I'm sure she said they cost 12/6.

When we were very young (about 1959-1963) we would be given thruppence to spend on sweets at the village shop and you could get quite a bagful, as some cost a farthing, and some cost a ha'penny. We would sometimes get one of those 1d bars of chocolate for the cat, who loved them.

Christinefrance Sat 18-Nov-17 19:23:06

I remember school dinners being one shilling too. ABC minors cinema on a Saturday morning was 6d. A bag of chips 4d.
When I started my nurse training and lived in the Nurses Home we had some sugar and butter as part of our wages.

vampirequeen Sat 18-Nov-17 19:44:08

Oh yes. ABC minors every Saturday morning. 6d to get in and 3d to spend. We queued around the cinema waiting for the doors to open and charged screaming and shouting. Whilst waiting for the films to start they would play popular music. One of the songs was Bits and Pieces by the Dave Clark Five. It had a very strong beat and we would stamp of feet in time whilst whooping and hollering. The cinema would begin to vibrate...especially the balcony and the manager would come on stage threatening to cancel the show unless we stopped. Needless to say we never did until the films started grin

M0nica Sat 18-Nov-17 19:44:38

In the early 1950s petrol was 3s 8d a gallon. In the mid/late 60s it was 5s 4d.

My first wage in 1961 as a junior in the budget coat dept at Harrods was £6.10s. My season ticket from Burnham was £1.10s a week and, although it was only a holiday job, my mother said I was to pay her 10s a week towards my keep, on the principle that if I was earning I should be contributing to the household. I got a 25% staff discount, even on sales goodsand although most of the stores contents were too far above my budget, even with the discount. I still have a box of pins I bought while I was there!!

Scribbles Sat 18-Nov-17 20:45:35

Last week, we drove across the Dunham toll bridge over the river Trent. The toll was 40p and I was quite shocked as, the last time I went across that bridge, it was 3d - but that was 1966!

Ailsa43 Sat 18-Nov-17 23:07:12

Monica that was a lot of money in 1961. I left school in 1970 and my first job as an office junior paid £4/10. If I'd gone to work in the underwear factory instead where some of my school friends went to work , I could have earned £6/10 plus piece time, but factory work wasn't for me. By 1974 and I was working as a wages clerk for a multi national retail company I was only earning £17.00 per week..