How much did these back-to-school items cost in 1960?

Flip through this catalog and see if you can guess the prices!

With the end of summer comes a rush to get stocked up on everything you’ll need for the coming school year. That could mean everything from pencils and notebooks to the perfect new outfit for the first day of school.

It seems like students today need a lot more school supplies than kids used in 1960 – they cost a lot more too!

Here are ten items you might buy at your local store or order from the Sears catalog before the start of the 1960 school year. Can you guess the prices for each?

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  1. The most expensive pair of these scissors cost…
  2. The cheapest one of these bags cost…
  3. Plaid skirts are so conventional, why not go for a plaid top and plaid pants? That outfit would set you back…
  4. Go back to school as a cowboy! This leather vest with “exciting western fringe” cost…
  5. This tape cost a whopping…
  6. The big box of Crayola crayons cost…
  7. The “Regular Edition” of Webster’s New International Dictionary (behind the Collegiate Dictionary) weighted 17 pounds and cost...
  8. Before calculators, this machine tallied things up “electrically” but this would be a bit big to take to school. Not to mention expensive! This adding machine cost…
  9. The most expensive version of these hip sneakers cost…

How much did these back-to-school items cost in 1960?

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PulsarStargrave 1 month ago
3/9 I always bomb on these kind of questions because I still can't believe how cheap basic items were and how expensive technology!
Pastorgman 1 month ago
9 Correct - Most were lucky guesses! My parents did most of the shopping back then and I was more interested in what I could find in the Sears Christmas Wish Book Catalog!
Witchywoman 1 month ago
I was born in the 60's. So it was just guessing.
Greg 1 month ago
The best thing my parents did for us was buy a good set of encyclopedias. Even as a 8-10 yo kid I would spend hours, in the winter, looking through them.
JKMallaber 1 month ago
Missed them all! Oh well, I'm an 80's kid.
vinman63 1 month ago
Dictionaries cost a week wages!
JeffPaul76 1 month ago
''Time to check out! You got 2 correct'' Were you right on the money (literally) or do you need to hit the books? --------I got #s 1 and 8 right. The rest I got wrong.
RichLorn 1 month ago
4/9
On my allowance all I could afford was the tape dispenser.
AllisonWunderland 1 month ago
Three! That’s all I got correct 🤪
JHP 1 month ago
who remembers (getting back to #9) PF Flyers?
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AllisonWunderland JHP 1 month ago
I don’t recall any type of decoder…but I do remember I had a red pair and and a blue pair 👟
gockionni LoveMETV22 1 month ago
Tried on a pair; made me feel like I was gonna fall backward lol
Sawfingers JHP 29 days ago
On the first day of summer vacation followed by a crew cut
JHP Sawfingers 28 days ago
yeah and that scalper would last until sept:)
JHP 1 month ago
5 right oh well

NOW----#2 are you guys kidding me?! HOW in the name of June Cleaver would any male know that?

And then #9 - HUH? Chuck Taylor's - am I mistaken?

And Mr Art below me - I was in the same boat and all I ever wanted was the big box of crayolas


Art1957 1 month ago
Boy, Did I bomb on this with just 2 correct answers and those were guessed! But in my defense in 1960 I was just two years old and didn't do much shopping!
BigE 1 month ago
7/10
I was born in 1961. I truly guessed most of the items.
AllisonWunderland BigE 1 month ago
Same here…except I only got 3 of ‘em correct 🤭
I was also born in 1961 and guessed at most of the answers. I was surprised at the cost of the dictionary.
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