In the movie blazing saddles slim pickens character had a handcar pulled out of quicksand and said it's cost 400.00,would this be accurate?
What i'm asking is at the time this movie takes place,would a railroad handcar have cost $400.00?This price doesn't sound accurate for this kind of item.
- zman492Lv 72 months ago
I really do not know the answer, but I did find the following information.
According to the trivia page for Blazing Saddles on IMDB:
The $400 handcart would be worth $9006.44 in 2019.
According to someone who makes and sells them today:
What does it cost to obtain one of my handcars? My handcars range between $13,800 and $16,000 depending upon options ordered.
Based on those two statements, coupled with the fact that today's price is for a custom produced product instead of mass produced one, I think $400 would probably be a little high, but not totally unreasonable.Source(s): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071230/trivia?ref_=t... http://www.railroadhandcar.com/forsale/newcar.php#...
- EntropyLv 72 months ago
I don't know where one could look that up, but $400 seems pretty plausible. Remember inflation. Prior to the advent of the Federal Reserve in 1913, and ESPECIALLY the closing of the gold exchange standard by Nixon in 1972-ish, money generally tended to keep it's value over the long term. So $1 could buy a lot more than it can now. $400 means that hand cart was REALLY expensive. About $10,000 or more in today's money.
That's how much the fed has devalued our money. A hidden tax on the public to pay for politician's profligate spending.