1950s, Advertising, Art, Culture, Food, Fun, Funny, History, Humor, Nostalgia, Vintage

When A Plate Of Ribs Was $1.35

Today we take a quick look at yearbook ads in the back of my 1955 University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida yearbook. Yes, ads might seem banal, but I enjoy the localized details, like this dry cleaning ad.

The cartoons are simple but fun; you can even see cleanliness emanating off the fabric. I like the dime price, the cellophane, and the so very Florida salute to the explorer who led the first Spanish expedition to the state over 500 years ago, Ponce de Leon. In case you’re wondering, yes “peaceful protesters” did vandalize the Ponce de León statues in Miami. What else are you going to do when you’re on unemployment to kill time?

Next up is a BBQ menu with prices one can’t even begin to process.

Have you ever heard of “corn-on-cob”? I’ve only eaten corn on the cob, but I respect the brevity. To think that in one lifetime, a rib plate could go from $1.35 to now $19.00 under this administration is absurd. Why, two chicken plates back then would barely buy me an iced tea today. Another fun fact is the location on the Dixie Hi-Way, which of course, doesn’t exist. The Dixie Chicks had to become the Chicks, Lady Antebullum had to become Lady A, so the Dixie Hi-Way gave way to a series of roads with boring names.

With Florida only being a stone’s throw from the not yet communist-oppressed Cuba, how could they not peddle some cigars? And look! If you buy two instead of one, you save an entire penny! One red cent! Go on, get your college kids some smokes to burn off the steam from finals.

We wrap it up with an all-American product that may surely contribute to diabetes, but don’t it go down nice?

Ah, yes, the delicious and refreshing teeny weensy bottle of Coca-Cola. Imagine how much energy it could provide to the person who had to draw that ad, with all those little lines upon that hand. Plus, it’s fun to note the six digit phone number. Well, that’s all from Coral Gables, y’all. Go out and enjoy a $19 rib plate.

5 thoughts on “When A Plate Of Ribs Was $1.35”

  1. I knew a Coke would show up somewhere in the post. I love my baby back, baby back, baby back….Where’s your $19 rib spot, K? Around here an uncooked slab of boney pork goodness will set you back more than that. Up to maybe 2019-2020 or so back ribs went for $2.99/lb at the local Krogers and are now at around $5.99/lb. Nowadays, chicken wings are for the rich folk only and beef, well, we don’t want to talk about beef prices.

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    1. I went to the store for beef roast and wound up only getting pork roast this morning, so I get it. Well, initially, I put $23 but then I saw that a few local places are offering a one meat plate for about $19, which is crazy when they were $12 just last year. But if you buy it by the pound, then forget it.

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