Radio Shack has put its catalogs for 1939 to 2005 on line.
Choose any date earlier than 10 years ago and you get a feel for just how much our standard of living has increased. The items are generally what we regard as junk--and they're expensive.
1976-77, pp. 4-5: An AM-FM radio and cassette tape deck for $179.95.
Same page: 8-Track Stereo player. Yes: 8-track. Price: $149.95.
1949: pp. 2-3: Amateur transmitter for "only" $1450.00.
1985, pp. 1972-173: MS-DOS computer, $4250.00.H/T Econlog
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