76 years ago today: lunch and dinner for under $1

CJ May 29 1940 larger

The Seelbach Hotel‘s Derby Room was advertising two Wednesday specials in The Courier-Journal 76 years ago today.

  • Lunch: veal loaf, pounded tomatoes, julienne potatoes, new peas, rolls and butter, plus coffee, tea, or milk for 35 cents.
  • Dinner: soup du jour or tomato juice, roast fresh pork ham, apple fritter, baked sweet potato, carrots and peas, rolls, butter, chiffonade salad, ice cream or jello, plus coffee, tea, or milk for 65 cents.

But wait, there was more: old “fashions” for 30 cents, and Seelbach spaghetti, 40 cents.

Fast-forward to today, and here’s what those prices would look like, adjusted for inflation: Lunch would cost $5.95, and dinner, $11.05. (But probably not at any of the Seelbach’s current restaurants.)

Related: use this inflation calculator from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compare prices going back to 1913.

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