When I was a boy in the 1950's, one of the big treats was to go downtown to Woolworth's sit at the lunch counter and order lunch.
Check out these prices:
A fantastic baked ham sandwich for 40 cents.
A 3-scoop banana split for 39 cents.
A king-size coke for 10 cents.
In 2009, 50 years later, that meal costs about $12 at a delicatessen, and more at a sit-down restaurant.
Those were the good old days, eh?