SBS - the best value in QMS software

The Cost of Living - 1938 in the US

Elsmar Forum Sponsor


Would be curious to know how these 1938 costs relative to the reported income compares to current figures. Anyone have that?


Staff member
Super Moderator
Paul is correct, the wages at the time were reflective, plus there were not some of the same credit institutions and credit cards. There are many things we take for granted now that may not have been there then. For example, some rural locations did not even get electricity until the mid-1930s.

Still, the list provides a good snapshot into history and a good starting point to investigate the culture of the day.

Wes Bucey

Quite Involved in Discussions
My memory of the 40s and even 50s is that institutional credit (banks, savings & loans) was VERY hard to come by. Credit cards hadn't been invented and many retailers provided charge accounts to regular customers whom they knew personally. If I went to the corner grocery (no massive super markets then) for my mom in 1948 or 1949, the owner and/or his clerks knew me by name and would take the note, fill the order, and carry the bag out to my little red wagon with the amount balance on mom's charge written in pencil on the bag - no cash register receipts then, either. I don't recall buying milk at the store, either. We had a milkman who delivered one or two quart bottles every day (based on the note mom left in the washed out empties on the porch.) Sometimes, if mom was cooking or baking something special, she also got a pint of cream. I remember when the milk was not homogenized and the cream would float on top of the bottle. Mom poured the milk into a pitcher and stirred it before each serving.

I remember what a big deal it was when we got a gas refrigerator (Servel brand) and no longer had ice man deliveries. Some neighbors had electric refrigerators, but it was universally acknowledged in our circle that gas was quieter and much less expensive than electric to operate. I think it helped that the gas company subsidized the cost of gas refrigerators, just as the electric company supplied free light bulbs - exchange burned out for new when paying the bill in cash at the local utility company office.


Hunkered Down for the Duration with a Mask on...
Staff member
Well, I posted this as "history". I wasn't trying to make a point about anything. I watch a lot of old movies (and I have a lot from the turn of the century (1900) - Videos like old Edison flicks). One of the things I like is seeing things like old technology (e.g.: telephone switchboards of the time, or as Wes mentioned, gas refrigerators), not to mention things like movies with places like LA or New York years ago with so little traffic. I like history. Old movies and posters like this are interesting to me.

Good Lord - I remember Vegas in the early days. My, how times change... I used to love Vegas, not to mention so many other places like Santa Cruz, CA and " 'Frisco". These days - Not so much.


Staff member
Super Moderator
Marc, you may not have intended much, but if it brings out remembrances, facts, and questions, may I respectfully submit it is a good thing!

I truly hope our younger members investigate and learn. They may be surprised to learn what their elders went through - good, bad, indifferent - to provide for them.

I believe this post may well bring an awareness we may otherwise not have seen, at least, I hope so.


Hunkered Down for the Duration with a Mask on...
Staff member
Like I say - I am into history. May sound funny, but I can (and do) record from my OTA HD TV aerial and regularly record old episodes of "Daniel Boone" episodes and love to watch an episode when I have time. It was a period in colonial expansion that I think a lot of people "see" as "the good old days". "Self sufficiency" and all that. Disney did a good job with that series with respect to authenticity. Yet - That was years ago. It's not the reality today. And - It was "hard times', comparatively, considering things like "baths once a week, if all goes well".

I grew up just up the road from Wikipedia reference-linkMary_Draper_Ingles Highway (Route 8 in KY) so I was brought up with her history.

Tracey - My girl friend of about 9 years now - and I watch a lot of history videos, especially BBC videos. Typically during the week we watch Daily Show, Colbert and then a movie in the evenings. Saturday and Sunday are reserved for historical stuff. We recently watched a good BBC series on the history of steam engines, and another on canals. And another on the history of London's sewer system(s). And another one on the history of commodes!

History - I can't get enough.

History - I LOVE it! That is probably why my second minor in college, chemistry being #1, was anthropology.
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
A How much does a complete biocompatibility test package cost? Other ISO and International Standards and European Regulations 1
B Lowest cost way to pass Lead Auditor exam ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 Quality Management Systems Standards 2
optomist1 Automotive News The Cost of Inspecting In Quality IATF 16949 - Automotive Quality Systems Standard 7
S IEC 62304 - Software verification cost IEC 62304 - Medical Device Software Life Cycle Processes 3
S Cost of Poor Quality (CoPQ) - Scrap element of calculation includes lost margin? Misc. Quality Assurance and Business Systems Related Topics 7
michellemmm What is the Cost of six sigma certification? Six Sigma 5
B Include cost of quality (and other wastes) in an ISO 9001 system? ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 Quality Management Systems Standards 5
F FDA-registration and inspection cost 21 CFR Part 820 - US FDA Quality System Regulations (QSR) 1
S Estimated cost for MDR certification Other Medical Device Regulations World-Wide 7
I Reducing CE marking cost using manufacturer test reports CE Marking (Conformité Européene) / CB Scheme 5
E How much a bioequivalence study will cost in the UK Pharmaceuticals (21 CFR Part 210, 21 CFR Part 211 and related Regulations) 0
A Cost effective thread gaging with ISO 9001 ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 Quality Management Systems Standards 2
JoCam Medical Device Recalls - Manufacturer's obligation for covering cost EU Medical Device Regulations 17
N European Authorised Representative (also called Authorized Representative) - Cost competitive recommendation EU Medical Device Regulations 1
G When preventative action is prohibited by cost in 8D problem solving Problem Solving, Root Cause Fault and Failure Analysis 1
G When preventative action is prohibited by cost in 8D problem solving Problem Solving, Root Cause Fault and Failure Analysis 8
T MDSAP AO Cost ISO 13485:2016 - Medical Device Quality Management Systems 2
M What is a reasonable MDSAP cost? ISO 13485:2016 - Medical Device Quality Management Systems 9
B Warranty costs - What is your definition of a "warranty cost"? Nonconformance and Corrective Action 1
N Where I can find an Excel sample/template for recording Delivery Time and Cost Excel .xls Spreadsheet Templates and Tools 2
N Establishing a monthly scrap cost target Lean in Manufacturing and Service Industries 11
S Handling Cost of Sales requests for Customer Quality Manager and Management Related Issues 2
S MDSAP cost per jurisdiction ISO 13485:2016 - Medical Device Quality Management Systems 11
K RAPS RAC - Resources to prep for the RAC exam that don't cost an arm and a leg Professional Certifications and Degrees 3
C What is your Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ)? Misc. Quality Assurance and Business Systems Related Topics 8
I How much does an eQMS (Electronic/Software QMS) cost? Quality Assurance and Compliance Software Tools and Solutions 1
F Cost of hiring ISO 17025 Consultant to Build Laboratory From Scratch ISO 17025 related Discussions 6
S Gage Block Verification or buy a new set (cost aspect) General Measurement Device and Calibration Topics 1
A Cost of Deviating Away From PPAP Requirements APQP and PPAP 3
N What is the Cost of Tracking Non-Conforming Product Nonconformance and Corrective Action 5
B Cost to a dealer for a "Declaration of Conformity " "Gost-R" in Ukraine? EU Medical Device Regulations 2
W How much would it cost to setup a Quality System for a Repackager or Relabeler? Quality Manager and Management Related Issues 1
JoCam Cost of maintaining CE Mark Regulatory Approval Other Medical Device Regulations World-Wide 3
S Cost of DMF Type III preparation and submission Other US Medical Device Regulations 1
R Looking for good, low cost APQP Software recommendations APQP and PPAP 2
B Machine Shop Yield and Cost - Productivity, Yield and Absorption Performance Manufacturing and Related Processes 3
M Reducing Cost of Poor Quality - Your opinion requested Quality Manager and Management Related Issues 14
L OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and Cost Savings Manufacturing and Related Processes 2
Wes Bucey A "Feel Good" story - 3D Printing Creates Low-Cost Prosthetic Fingers Coffee Break and Water Cooler Discussions 0
M Reducing cost of IEC 60601 3rd edition testing IEC 60601 - Medical Electrical Equipment Safety Standards Series 14
J Tooling Cost - As an OEM I am paying for a new tool Manufacturing and Related Processes 6
Geoff Cotton What is the benchmark for Cost of Quality in a Heavy Engineering organization ? Benchmarking 2
C Suggestions on Sample Plans for High Volume/Low Cost/Low Risk Components Inspection, Prints (Drawings), Testing, Sampling and Related Topics 2
I Supplier Selection based on Total Cost question Supplier Quality Assurance and other Supplier Issues 4
C Cost Factors of Iso 8 vs. ISO 8/9 Cleanroom Other Medical Device and Orthopedic Related Topics 2
B Quality problems that cost Millions of dollars (or euros, or pounds, etc.) Quality Manager and Management Related Issues 7
S Difference between COQ (Cost of Quality) vs COPQ (Cost of Poor Quality)? Misc. Quality Assurance and Business Systems Related Topics 8
QMMike What is the most cost effective SPC software Statistical Analysis Tools, Techniques and SPC 5
S Cost of business lost / opportunity lost? How to address? Quality Tools, Improvement and Analysis 13
S Cost Targets as Design Inputs in your DHF (Design History File) US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 7

Similar threads

Top Bottom