Here’s What $100 Was Worth the Year You Were Born

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What you would have bought with $100: 33 Barbie dolls

Remember when Barbie hit the stores’ shelves in 1959? According to an ad that appeared in Illinois’ Freeport Journal-Standard, you could have bought 33 Barbies with a one-hundred-dollar bill. If you still have a Barbie doll from 1959, you basically have a fortune there.


What you would have bought with $100: One mattress

A mattress made for those over 6 feet tall was selling for $99.50 back in 1960, according to an ad in The Salt Lake City Tribune.


What you would have bought with $100: Two grills

It’s no surprise that the classic Weber grill looks almost the same as it used to. In fact, it has barely changed in the last decades. Well…this is the perfect example that you don’t need to change something that works. However, one thing has changed enormously… In 1961, a classic Weber grill sold for $49.95.

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