Vermont Broadcasters bring President on board...better late thannever

Tue Apr 15 16:14:07 EDT 2008

To put the 1920 $600 figure in context, more than 15 years later, in
the mid '30s, $600 (then-current dollars) would still buy a complete
car--a pretty nice one by the standards of the day. And the price very
likely included the radio, which would have been an add-on to the even
lower price of the basic car. So we probably can say that $600 in 1920
or 1936 dollars bought the equivalent of more than $20,000 in 2008
dollars. If prices have increased by a factor of 32 in 70+ years, they
have, in effect doubled every 14 years or so, which is only a little
more than a 5% compound rate of inflation. I find that believable.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "A. Joseph Ross" <>
To: "Bill O'Neill" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 4:21 PM
Subject: Re: Vermont Broadcasters bring President on board...better
late thannever

> On 15 Apr 2008 Bill O'Neill wrote:
>> The Addison Eagle reported that the Vermont Broadcasters Hall of
>> Fame.
>> Citing President Coolidge as the first president to harness the
>> power
>> of radio.  Here's the link -
>> Interesting story about installing a radio into a car in the 1920s,
>> and the sets cost over six hundred dollars in 1920 dollars.  Take
>> that, XM....
> My father told me that he once had a car radio that clamped onto the
> stearing column and was removable when you got another car.  This
> was
> probably the 1930s, when the price had undoubtedly come down a bit.
> -- 
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