Centennial 1924 Fun Facts

The Thief of Baghdad movie poster

As we celebrate our Centennial this year, here are a few facts about 1924.

In 1924, the world witnessed significant historical events and  cultural developments. The year marked the beginning of a new era in American politics with the election of Calvin Coolidge as the 30th President of the United States, who would go on to promote a conservative economic agenda. In the world of  science, Edwin Hubble made groundbreaking observations that confirmed the existence of galaxies beyond the Milky Way, revolutionizing our understanding of the universe. The summer Olympics were held in Paris, attracting athletes from around the world. In popular culture, the silent film industry was still thriving, and notable films like “The Thief of Bagdad” were released. It was a year of great change and upheaval, but also of progress and innovation. It was a year that laid the foundation for future developments in politics, science and entertainment. 

1924 Cost of Living

New House: $7,720.00
Average Income: $2,196.00 per year
New Car: $265.00
Average Rent: $18.00 per month
Tuition to Harvard University: $250.00 per year
Movie Ticket: 15 cents each
Gasoline: 1 cents per gallon
First-Class Postage Stamp: 2 cents each

1924 Cost of Food

Granulated Sugar: $1.00/15 pounds
Vitamin D Milk: 54 cents per gallon
Ground Coffee: 20 cents per pound
Bacon: 25 cents per pound
Eggs: 13 cents per dozen
Fresh Ground Hamburger: 13 cents per pound
Fresh Baked Bread: 9 cents per loaf

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