I started in a steel mill in 1941: Labor paid 73 c an hr; my job ( I worked on a hand mill ) paid 2cents more. They paid the job not the man. Each job paid so much and whoever did that job got paid that much; prior to that I worked in a service station , mostly pumping gas and changing tires for 45 dollars a month. This was in Western PA. before that I delivered milk in NYC For the milkman, not the milk company,I worked about 4 hrs, a night, at that time they delivered milk in the Bronx from about 2 to 6 Am, I got a dollar plus cigarettes plus 'coffee and'. After I got in the mill I bought a second hand car a 1936 Chevy. I forget how much it cost, exactly new ones cost 465 dollars (stripped) I paid less than half that. I recall some prices in NYC during the 30s: The subway was a nickel. So was the Sunday
Daily News also the Mirror. The daily papers (News and Mirror) cost two cents in the city a penny more in the suburbs, Coffee came in 3 prices , A and P coffee, Eight O'clock was 17 cents a pound, Red Circle 19 and Bokar 23 . t here was grade A and Grade B milk eleven and twelve cents a quart. A pack of cigarettes was less than fifteen cents. I forget what gasoline cost but I remember you could buy ten cents worth, you could buy ten cents worth of lunch meat and butter by the quarter of a pound A man's suit cost less than twenty dollars at Crawfords and Howards in the Bronx, I think, I've taken up enough space so I'll say G'nite.