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Eugene, Oregon
November 29, 2017 12:48pm CST
Last weekend, walking around downtown Portland, Oregon, I saw this sing on the side of a building, perhaps a hundred years old. I could not include the bottom of the sign due to a construction fence, but it says, "Hot and Cold Running Water." That sounds pretty luxurious for its time and I wonder if that $2 was a big expense when the sign was painted? Old signs on buildings and things like murals catch my eye and I always want to get a photo. Do you notice things like that?
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@Corbin5 (109261)
• United States
29 Nov
I do love old signs and murals too. We rarely see them here, but they are a blast from the past.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
They really are. I can't resist a photo, though my daughter, age 29, doesn't get it.
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@Genipher (5136)
• United States
29 Nov
$2 a week would be an awesome deal! These old signs are pretty cool.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
Maybe the room was expensive back then though, at 2 bucks per week ,I don't know. Love those old signs.
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@Genipher (5136)
• United States
29 Nov
@JamesHxstatic You got me curious...had to look up what people made/year 100-ish years ago. Looks like it usually ranged from $500-600 a year. So, roughly $57 a month. Food was a lot cheaper to (7 cents for a loaf of bread, 34 cents for a dozen eggs). Seems like $2 a week wouldn't have been too expensive. Probably a lot better, comparatively speaking, than the prices we pay nowadays.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
@Genipher Maybe it would be okay if you did not have to stay a week. Interesting prices.
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@Scrapper88 (1333)
• United States
29 Nov
A hundred years ago; that would be a lot of money.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
Seems like to me too.
• United States
29 Nov
@JamesHxstatic When my dad started working back in the early 60's; he was only making a little over a dollar an hour.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
@Scrapper88 I worked in grocery stores in Texas at age 14 for forty cents per hour.
@amadeo (67522)
• United States
29 Nov
we used to collect old sign.We sold most of them This is good profit there.We kept one.Which hangs in the kitchen
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
I' m not sure I have any left at all.
@amadeo (67522)
• United States
29 Nov
@JamesHxstatic I wish kept some of them.But made good money.Even today you can still make good money
@Kandae11 (38414)
29 Nov
I would sure welcome a return to prices from the good old days.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
But that might be accompanied by a like reduction in income. It's always something!
@louievill (18913)
• Philippines
29 Nov
Gives us an insight as to how far our money has devalued.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
Yes it does that too.
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@FayeHazel (18475)
• United States
29 Nov
I love things like that. I think at the time - that must have been quite the sum of money.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
As do I.
• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Nov
Wow that sign is amazing! I love old signs and anything old like that. That was most likely a lot of money to pay at that time. So strange how times have changed but cool at the same time.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
It is strange and getting stranger as things change each day.
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@RasmaSandra (18405)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Nov
Yes I have noticed things like that. Most likely that $2 was quite a bit those days.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
I think that would have been a day or more wages maybe.
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@KristenH (24358)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
29 Nov
That's real interesting to know. Nowadays hotel rooms are like $80 or more, depending on which hotel or how long you're staying there. Sometimes I do but not often.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
Yes, it is expensive to stay in most hotels. Even Motel 6 is now $60 or more.
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@KristenH (24358)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
29 Nov
@JamesHxstatic Yikes James! Maybe it's cheaper to do a B&B.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
@KristenH Could be.
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@Hannihar (38009)
30 Nov
I notice what artists do around Jerusalem and I love to look at their creations. They are very talented.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov
There are several new murals around town here that I want to get photos of.
@Hannihar (38009)
1 Dec
@JamesHxstatic James, they are great to take pictures of.
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@sallypup (27480)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
I love period movies that have signs in them- potatoes 8 cents a pound etc. You caught a good one there.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov
Thanks! I was the only one of the three of us who really noticed it.
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@sallypup (27480)
• Moses Lake, Washington
30 Nov
@JamesHxstatic Really? You'd be fun to tag along with.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 Dec
Wish I was paying two bucks a week for a room now!
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Dec
Such a deal that would be!
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@snowy22315 (48904)
• United States
30 Nov
ha wouldn't that be funny if it was really the case?
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov
There would be a crowd for sure.
@JudyEv (125435)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov
I am always on the lookout for funny signs even though I missed the one in Harrods.
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• Eugene, Oregon
30 Nov
Always fun to see one.
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