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Tom Williams



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:11 pm    Post subject: original price Reply with quote

I just acquired a 1957-58 Crown Graflex and was wondering what it cost new in those years. Also, what it might sell for today if they were still produced and still as popular as then.
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C. Henry



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I recall correctly, Michael's Camera Shop in Patchogue, NY advertised a new 4 x 5 Crown Graphic at $159.95 in December 1955.
I realize this is not a direct answer but it might be the best that is available at this time.

enjoy;
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Billy Canuck



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the Bank of Canada inflation calculator (I'm located north of the border), $159.95 in 1955 would equal $1,368.88 in 2011. The B of C calculator is based on the cost of a "basket" of varied goods and services, so I think it's a pretty good indicator of the dwindling dollar.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/info/graflex_1.html
then use
http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

So the lowest price of 167.50 comes up 1588.59 and the highest price of 185.35 comes up 1757.88 .
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