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During the last two week Picturing the Past
has looked back at some feature stories in the Centennial Issue published by
the Transylvania Times.   This week’s
focus is on the advertisements from that issue. 
How much did groceries, clothes, furniture and appliances, cars or a
house cost in 1968?

In 1968 A&P was located on S. Broad St. beside the Dardinal Drive-In.

Grocery stores in Brevard included A&P,
Community Cash, and Winn Dixie.  Shoppers
could get 2 pounds of bacon for 99₵ or chuck roast for 37₵ per pound at A&P.  Community Cash had the best price on bread at
21₵ for a pound-and-a-half loaf, a quart of mayonnaise for 29₵ and three cantaloupes
for 89₵.  If canned peaches, 3 for 89₵ or
catsup, 4 for $1.00 were on the list the deals were at Winn-Dixie.

Personal items on sale at Varner’s Drug Store
included a 12-pack of overnight Pampers for 89₵ and Q.T. Tanning Lotion for 97₵. 

Pat’s Shoe Mart was on N. Broad St. in College Plaza.

Several downtown clothing and shoe stores
were also offering sales.  Women’s heels
were $2.98-8.98 and flats were $2.98-5.98 at Pat’s Shoe Mart, Plummer’s
Department Store had girls’ summer dresses for $2.50 to $4.99 and Belk’s had
men’s 100% cotton work pants for $1.80 and a matching shirt at just $1.00.

Anyone looking for appliances or furniture
had several options as well.  Mims &
Lyda Radio, TV & Appliances carried Mobile Maid portable dishwashers for
$209.95.  Hotpoint appliances were sold
at Rice Furniture, including a permanent press dryer for $99.88 with free
delivery and service.  At Abercrombie’s Home
Furnishings Sealy posture pillow mattress and box springs sets were only $79.

Families looking for a second car could get a
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood station wagon straight-drive, with radio and a heater
for $695 at Lyda-McCrary Motors or a 1963 Volkswagen bus for $895 at McCrary

McCrary Chevy-Olds on N. Broad St. had a large selection of cars for sale.

Realtor Gil Coan had a 3 bed/2 bath 1850
square feet home with a fireplace located on Jordan Road in Brevard for $22,000
and Ray Fisher was selling a 2 bed cottage with a large utility room and
attached garage on a large wooded lot near Brevard College for $11,000.


While these prices may seem like a dream
today, it is also important to remember that the median household income in
America was $7,700 and minimum wage had just been raised from $1.40 to $1.60
per hour in 1968.  In Transylvania County
the average annual gross income for a farmer was $1,398, the Register of Deeds
was paid $5,835 annually and the sheriff made $8,442 a year.  The hiring rate at DuPont was $2.35 per hour
and although no experience was required they did prefer applicants with a high
school education.

Photographs and information for this column
are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County
Library.  Visit the NC Room during regular library hours (Monday-Friday)
to learn more about our history and see additional photographs.  For more
information, comments, or suggestions contact Marcy at [email protected]
or 828-884-1820.

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