A buddy of mine sent me this letter that his Dad recently found, digging through some old papers.
Man have prices changed since then.........
He must have found it on the internet.
That postcard has been floating around the internet for years and has been posted on a number of automobile forums.
It has been posted on this forum numerous times.
It refuses to die…...
I stayed overnight in Bottineau one time, around 1970. Got into town about 11:30 PM, quiet as a ghost town, there was 2 hotels, one on either side of the main street. Parked in front of one and walked in, no clerk but a stand up board with a bunch of keys on it and a note that said to the effect that if you wanted a room, take a key, fill in the register and pay in the morning. When I left in the morning there was a bunch of locals standing around gawking at my pickup with NWT license plates. IIRC the room cost around $7 or $8.
It used to show up fairly regularly but I don't think I've seen it for a couple of years, so it's good to exhume it for those who haven't had the pleasure.
Something a lot of folks forget when they see those amazingly low old prices are the even lower old wages. The 1929 dollar would be $13.86 today. The real cost of labor has gone up, so you would have worked more to earn that dollar than you would work to earn $13.86 today.
I tried to put these in chronological order - there may be more...
I have never seen this card before and I found it interesting as well. It caused me to do a little calculation as to where we have been, to where we are now.
1928-new fender $3.50
45 years later
1973-new fender $35.00
43 years later
2016-new fender $350.00
And remember, the 1928 fender came painted. Material costs have fluctuated over the past 4 decades rising 30% to 125%. Labor and associated insurance and health costs have skyrocketed. Kind a takes the fun out of it at times, but the great people who I've met thru this business and who have supported us, are certainly the best group of people I have had the pleasure to know. From coast to coast and around the world I would like to say thank you to all the Model T ers.
I just got that again last week in an email.
Maybe I have had it five times in the last several years.
Thanks for posting Robert. Tom, thanks as well for your commentary.
For those that are worried about repeat posts, please consider how chastising posts come across to others. Good grief guys, lighten up.
Yes, I have also seen the postcard before, but never an "update" of prices by a renowned body parts man.
A repeat post sometimes brings out new information.
Thank you Robert & Tom.
As Steve pointed out, new people come to the forum all the time. The fact that I may have seen something before doesn't mean it won't be interesting for someone who hasn't....
I read the replies and was going to text my friend back and give him what for, for pulling my leg.
Decided to re-read his text and all he said was; "father-in-law just sent this to me" So it was my own Assumption that lead me to believe he actually had it in his possession.
But for any concerned, I have a Very Thick skin, being on several car forums for many years. Nothing anyone is going to say on the net is going to offend me, as Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and in the end, that's All it is, Just someone's opinion........
I hadn't seen that letter before and liked it a lot. Tim
Do you think if I sent this postcard in I could get a test drive? I hope, I hope, I hope!
I have some unused one-cent postcards if anyone wants to make up their own mailers: