30 Things You Could Buy For $1 in 1900
30 Things You Could Buy For $1 in 1900

30 Things You Could Buy For $1 in 1900

Shannon Quinn - March 28, 2019

30 Things You Could Buy For $1 in 1900
A potato farmer hard at work. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

1. 70 Pounds of Potatoes

There is a stereotype that potatoes are popular among poor people, and that’s for good reason. Back in 1900, you could buy 70 pounds of potatoes for $1. That’s a lot of potatoes! Since they can be mashed, fried, put into soups and so much more, potatoes are delicious and versatile food. They became a must-have in the standard American diet, and when you think about how much we still love french fries, things haven’t changed very much.


Where Did We Find This Stuff? Here Are Our Sources

The Price of Fashion in 1910. PBS.

Vintage Ad Browser. VintageAdBrowser.com

Things You Could Buy a Dollar in 1900. Ranker.

What Could You Buy In the 1800s With a Dollar? Quora.

Egg-O-See Post Cards. Chris Otto. Papergreat.

How Far Did a Dollar Really Go 100 Years Ago?. Make Change.

How the Brownie Camera Changed Photography Forever. ThoughtCo.

History of Lipton. Lipton.

Boston Tea Party. History Channel.

Also from 1900: Check out these Vintage Car Ads From the Early 1900s to the 1960s!