Looking back at Archie44’s Duracell Post set me thinking on how prices, and income of course, have risen over the 42 years since I had a small Sweets & Tobacconists in rural Yorkshire. So, after a thorough search of my cupboard I found the January 1975 edition of Shaw’s Guide to recommended fair prices.
Unfortunately I couldn’t answer Archie’s question but it did encourage me to have a nostalgic root through it. I’d say 95% of it’s contents we didn’t sell but looking through the cigarette section certainly shocked me. I stopped smoking before we bought the shop so I was never tempted to smoke away any profit.
e.g. 20 Senior Service- 39 1/2p
How our habits and what we eat have changed ; over 3 pages of biscuits, a full page of tea and only one column of coffee. I am rambling on a bit but it reading through it is certainly an eye opener.
Anyone wanting to know the price of a box of 16 Bile Beans, or anything else - you only have to ask ;o}}
In 1960 my Jet Garage charged £1 for 4 Gallons.
1950 a Corporal in the RAF (Navigator 4) was given 12/- a day and all found, I could not drink it all. As amarried Flying Officer three years later I earned £52 a month then I was poor. We had a good life proving that money is not everything but it does allow you to be miserable in comfort.
flycatcher1, after leaving the T.S. Vindicatrix in 1965 my first ship was the S.S. Marengo, I felt loaded at £5 a week (I allotted half that to my parents, we were really poor at that time) all in - there was nothing to spend your money on in the the middle of the Atlantic - it worked for me!