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Cost of Household Appliances, 1959 and 1975

Cost of Household Appliances, 1959 and 1975, By Work Hours Necessary to Buy Them

APPLIANCE Hours to work in 1959 Hours to work in 1975
Washing Machine

127.9

67.6
Refrigerator

153.4

64.7
Gas Dryer

111.4

55.1
Dishwasher

116.4

53.6
Electric Stove

126.9

51.1
Electric Dryer

98.2

50.9
Air Conditioner

122.8

49.9
Dehumidifier

47

19.8
Garbage Disposal

36.5

18.7

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Expressing cost in hours worked allows one to make valid cost comparisons across time or cultures or both.