July 1, 1920 – Food Prices – From the Bill Reaves Files

Room and Board

A.W. Pate, proprietor of the Greystone Inn, Carolina Beach, offered the following rates:

  • American Plan  – $5.50
  • Weekly (without bath) – $28.00
  • European Plan $2.00 – $2.50
  • Weekly (with bath) – $31.50
  • Meals – $1.25

June 16, 1929 (advertisement) BAME’S CAFÉ, Carolina Beach, Now Open for Season. We Serve Regular Sea Food Dinners. Also Vegetable Dinners and Chicken Dinners. Try Our Fish and Corn Fritters and Coffee – 50 cents. Special Rates to Parties. We Sell $5.50 Meal Ticket for $5.00. We Appreciate Your Patronage. J.R.BAME,Manager. WILM.NEWS DISPATCH, 6-16-1929

Land Values in the early Twentieth Century

April 22, 1904. – Real Estate Transfer- Marion F. Schroeder transferred to Brooks & Taylor, for $75, tract of land containing 50 acres, more or less, in Federal Point Township, beginning at a point known as the Old Newton Landing.  WILMINGTON STAR, 4-23-1904.

November, 17, 1905. – Real Estate Transfer – Ed Taylor and wife and John W. Brooks and wife to Samuel A. Lewis, of Shallotte, Brunswick County, for $95, a tract of land containing 50 acres and situated on the eastern side of the Cape Fear River near the old Newton Landing. WILMINGTON MESSENGER, 11-18-1905.

June 1, 1906. – Real Estate Transfer – Melvin L. Smith and wife to Ellen Kure, for the sum of $325, lot on Carolina Beach. WILMINGTON MESSENGER, 6-1-1906.
December 20, 1910 Real Estate Transfer – W. F. F. Newton and wife, et al., transfer to Archibald J. Hanby, for $100 and other considerations, 103 acres of land in Federal Point Township, adjoining lands of W. A. Ainsworth and others. WILMINGTON STAR, 12-21-1910.

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Check Out These Prices! Food & Prices

by Ann HertzlerFood Prices - A&P  – [published in September, 2009 FPHPS Newsletter]

Food prices have changed in Kure Beach since the 1920s. A&P ads for July 4 specials in the Wilmington Morning Star were compared for 1927, 1937, 1947, and 1957. All A&P stores were closed during the July 4th holiday.

Ground beef did not appear in any July 4th A&P newspaper ad during this time.

  • In 1957, Ham was featured in every July 4 ad – 29¢ a pound in 1927; 53¢ a pound.
  • In 1957, Hot dogs (Frankfurters, Franks) were 23¢ a pound in 1937; 49¢ for 12 oz. in 1967. The price doubled and the package size decreased in this time period. All meat hot dogs were advertised.
  • In 1957, Peanut Butter was 19¢ a jar (size not listed) in 1927, and 55¢ for a 24 oz. jar.
  • In 1984, Food Lion advertised 5 lb. ground beef at 98 ¢ / lb (fresh daily); Ground Chuck 58 ¢ / lb
  • Ingredients for making baked beans, coleslaw, and potato salad were advertised, but not the finished item.

Food & Prices In 1978 in the Island Gazette, Food Lion advertised Cucumbers or Green Bell Peppers – 4/$1

  • Thompson Seedless Grapes – 69 ¢/lb.
  • Chuck Roast – $1.18 / lb.
  • broccoli – 79 ¢ /bunch
  • Coke 6-Pack – $0.99
  • pound sugar – $0.27
  • gallon milk – $1.01
  • dozen eggs – $0.87

Convenience mixes advertised in 1978 were Hamburger Helper, Shake n’ Bake, Stove Top Dressings, Coffee Creamers, Frozen Pie Crusts, Green Giant Frozen Foods.

Lunch in a restaurant was $1.56. Popular food items at beach restaurants were fried fish, sweet tea, one pot meals, French fries, and corn meal items. (Island Gazette 1978- 2003 Collectors Edition)