Even a nickel wasn't worth five cents any
more. In a survey of Manhattan, the Daily Mirror found that a candy bar
cost 7¢, shoelaces were two for 15¢. In a penny arcade, slot-machine
psychoanalysis was 2¢ throw. Quipped one shopkeeper, overhauling his
price lists on patent medicines: "If you experience stomach distress
due to hyperacidity, it will now cost you 6¢."
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