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villa66

San Francisco 1940: prices

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villa66

Some miscellaneous notes on prices pulled from San Francisco, published in 1940 as another of the WPA’s American Guides.

 

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At the time it came out of the San Francisco mint, this 1940s half-dollar would have paid the 50-cent toll for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, one way, in a car with up to five passengers.

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Additional passengers cost a nickel each.

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villa66

In 1940, the toll charged for crossing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in a (1-5 passenger capacity) automobile was 25-cents. This San Francisco-mint 1940s quarter-dollar would have done the job exactly.

 

Or for an out-of-towner seeing the sights or doing business, this 1940s quarter-dollar would have hired a San Francisco taxicab at its usual rate of 25¢ for the first 1/3 of a mile, with a dime owing for each additional 2/5 of a mile.

 

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villa66

And speaking of dimes, of 10-cent pieces:

 

San Francisco’s Golden Gate has been a magnet for Americans since before there was even a bridge spanning it. But then the Bridge… And in 1940 it was still brand new. It seemed like everyone wanted a piece of it. A 1940d dime like this one, in town from some part of the country served by the Denver mint, would have paid a pedestrian’s toll between the turnstiles on the Golden Gate Bridge. Bicyclists, too, crossed for a dime.

 

But almost from the beginning the Golden Gate Bridge was a suicide magnet. There were ten jumpers in 1940—pedestrians, bicyclists maybe—I wonder if any of them were between the turnstiles, and left dimes like this one behind?

 

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:blink: v.

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apollonia
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San Francisco 2018: prices

Current toll payment options for Golden Gate transit  http://goldengatebridge.org/tolls_traffic/

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1939 Golden Gate Expo, San Francisco, Treasure Islands, Souvenir Token (Brass 32 mm).

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Obv. GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION / 1939 / SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Golden Gate Bridge, sunset, fair building
PAT. D110016
Rev. TREASURE ISLAND
Treasure Island, airplane, sunset

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apollonia
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Golden Gate Exposition - Union Pacific Railroad (Aluminum 32 mm)
Golden Gate Bridge, sunset, fair building
GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION / 1939 / SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Two railroad engines, shield logo of Union Pacific
ROAD OF THE STREAMLINERS AND THE CHALLENGERS / UNION PACIFIC
UNION PACIFIC - THE OVERLAND ROUTE
ALUMINUM IN THESE FAMOUS TRAINS FURNISHED BY
ALUMINUM COMPANY OF AMERICA

 

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@villa66

I wondered if, in addition to the souvenir tokens I posted, there were also valid ones for transit through the Golden Gate Bridge.

Greetings

 

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