June 12, 2011

Edward Hopper (Gas 1940)

What Things Cost in 1940:
Car: $800
Gasoline: 18 cents/gal
House: $6,550
Bread: 8 cents/loaf
Milk: 34 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 131
Average Annual Salary: $1,900
Minimum Wage: 30 cents per hour

Edward Hopper immortalized the gas pump when he painted this in 1940. Gas sold for eighteen cents a gallon that year. War was ablaze in Europe and would be worldwide the following year.

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