The average American salary in 1934, during the Depression, was around $1400 a year. A doctor could make $3000 per year, and a lawyer, about $4000. Bus drivers were close to the average paycheck.
When folks went shopping in ’34, they could get four grapefruits for about 20 cents at Goodrich Grocers in La Crosse. Another store sold meatloaf for 12-and-a-half cents a pound. And gas was 10 cents a gallon.
Some famous people born in 1934 include Hank Aaron, Brigitte Bardot, Richard Chamberlain, Frankie Valli, Ralph Nader, and Carl Sagan.