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    944973_1248796521817146_2688046432369228844_n_zps6cxagrju.jpg Found this, and thought it would make a good conversation piece. *M.A.D.*

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    If you look, that's a 51 or 52 Ford in the back ground,so $ 500.00 would be a months pay back then

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickgeo View Post
    If you look, that's a 51 or 52 Ford in the back ground,so $ 500.00 would be a months pay back then

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    Back in 1959 or thereabouts, my dad sold his '41 Indian Chief for $75, and his '41 61 for $100. He got more for the Harley because "in those days" they were worth more at that time. So... yeah, $500 would be ALLOT of money back then when guys were making $1.25 an hour. My dad made about $1.00 an hour as a grease monkey in the early '50s doing grease jobs and undercoating cars. So, if you say $500 was a months pay, and worked at 40 hours a week, that would make it around $3.25 an hour. That would be VERY GOOD PAY!
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    My grandfather told me--many moons ago, that when 1940 hit with the plunger and skirted Chiefs, all the rigid motorcycles used to sell for under 50.00--all day long. Also, some ended up as scrap iron for the metal drive of WW11. *M.A.D.*

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    I may have been optimistic on the average wage in the 50's I was just a kid in elementary school.But I do know in the early 60,s $4.00 an HR was being paid to the auto workers & became a goal for every factory worker to achieve

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickgeo View Post
    I may have been optimistic on the average wage in the 50's I was just a kid in elementary school.But I do know in the early 60,s $4.00 an HR was being paid to the auto workers & became a goal for every factory worker to achieve

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    Hello Rick, had to jog my memory on that 60's wage. Checked wage chronological and the wage hit $3.97 in 1966 for GM skilled trades, only if you were a Tool Maker--Assembly was at $3.00. Minimum wage in 1966 was $1.25.
    In 1973, straight out H.S., i worked at the 'Infamous'...DODGE MAIN Plant in Hamtramck(1910-1979). Believe it or not, i was making $0.50 over the assembly guys($5.11), as a... 'dish washer' in the Dodge Main Executive Lounge/Fallout shelter, which was 2 stories down into bedrock. Man-oh-Man-A-Chevitz could i tell You some stories about that place!!! *M.A.D.*
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    I wonder if that guy was "Big" enough to kick it over?
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    $ 1.25 an hour was what I was earning stocking grocery shelves in 66 just before I was drafted in the Army 1

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