If a visitor to the 1939 New York World's Fair spent $20.00 to see the attractions and eat, by today's standard (2015) they would have spent approximately $340.00.

Price comparison based on the on-line Inflation Calculator provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Description 1939 2016
Fair Admission April 30 to October 1
Fair Admission after October 1
Crystal Palace Admission
Merrie England Admission
Old New York Admission
Sun Valley Admission
Living Magazines Admission
First Edition Guide Book
Tony Sarg's Map of the Fair
Parking
Salary*
$ .75
.50
.25
.25
.25
25
.25
.25
.25
.50
$ 1,368.00
$ 12.76
8.50
4.25
4.25
4.25
4.25
4.25
4.25
4.25
8.50
$ 23,268.00

* Source: The 1940 Census: Employment and Income

Based on a 40-hour work-week the average weekly salary was $ 26.30 and the average hourly wage would have been 66¢.

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