The U.S. was a much different place 100 years ago. The country was just entering World War I and prices for just about everything surged to an all-time high. Most people's wages at that time were less than $2,000 a year --the equivalent of $41,511 today — according to statistics by the IRS.
Although people living in 1917 felt the effects of inflation, by today's standards, some prices look downright cheap.
Check out this cost of living comparison that shows you how prices then compare to the same items now: