San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

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San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon villa66 » Mi 28.03.18 02:24

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. Additional passengers cost a nickel each.
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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon villa66 » Mi 28.03.18 02:28

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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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon villa66 » Mi 28.03.18 02:32

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. So 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 eleven 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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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon sigistenz » Mi 28.03.18 22:11

I enjoyed your juicy post as always. You make coins tell of their day. Great job, thank you. :)
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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon Arminius » Mo 02.04.18 22:42

Linking common coins with day-to-day life of common people - i like it!

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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon Mynter » So 08.04.18 15:10

I allways like stories about what a coin would have bought you. Was the brigde operated privatly or by the state or county ?
Roadtolls remind me of where I am living. Norway must be not only the home of trolls,but also the homeland of tolls .New roadprojects are usually financed partly by taxes, partly by toll collected for every crossing. Now this is done electronicly,sometimes causing some trouble when a foreign numberplate too simular to a norwegian causes an unexpected bill to a norwegian carowner. Before you would have to stop at a booth where a ( not helmeted ) guard would collect the toll. Those collecting-stations where even manned on Christmas- eve, wich allways seemed to me the most unneccessary way to spend workinghours. Who would ever be on the road then.
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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon villa66 » Di 10.04.18 04:23

Mynter hat geschrieben:I allways like stories about what a coin would have bought you. Was the brigde operated privatly or by the state or county ?


From what I get, the Bridge is owned and operated by a stand-alone special-purpose public entity now called the “Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.” It was originally incorporated in 1928 as the “Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District,” whose purpose was the designing, financing, and building of the Bridge. The District was given additional responsibilities over the years and now also operates area ferry and transit systems.

(And by the way—setting aside the various special discounts—the current toll for a regular automobile crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is $7.75. And the toll-taking has been rendered cashless—on the Bridge, anyway.)

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