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Old money
« on: April 25, 2017, 04:53:24 PM »

the  wife was cleaning out her jewellery box came across her engament ring 3 50   in 1951 what is 3 50 now a  weeks wages then i was in the RAF
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Re: money
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 05:34:48 PM »

I never let my forget that I sold a Norton Dominator 99 for 15 in 1970 while raising the money for her engagement ring!  <:(

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Re: money
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 05:45:17 PM »

Regiment was lucky, in 1956 I joined the RAF as an apprentice (82nd entry), pay was 10 shillings and 6 pence.
Happy days!
Cheers
Jim  :-))
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Re: money
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 06:44:50 PM »

In 1959 I joined the RN as an apprentice
S37 entry I think.
We were paid fortnightly
3 one fortnight 3 10 shills the next.
Never understood the logic.

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 09:08:24 PM »

Apparently 110.23p according to the Historic inflation calculator.  I do not think you would get away with paying that for an engagement ring now so probably a good investment.
I was paid 26s per week National Service in 1957, didn't go far then either (29.87 today)
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 08:18:05 AM »

Ah how thing change, I to joined the RAF in 1956, for 3 years, and was paid nearly twice as much as the National Service guys, 2 2 shillings a week for me springs to mind. Never for one moment thinking I would finally retire from the RAF some 37 and a bit years later with a pension, that at that time was close to a hundred times my original pay. All relative of course, if I remember correctly in 1957 I only paid 3 shillings and 6 pence for a gallon of petrol (in modern money 18 pence for 4.54 litres) for my new Douglas Dragonfly which brand new from Pride and Sharks sorry Clark's was if my memory is right was not a great deal over 100. Ah memories, good job to still have some I suppose.
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Re: money
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 08:32:39 AM »

In 1959 I joined the RN as an apprentice
S37 entry I think.
We were paid fortnightly
3 one fortnight 3 10 shills the next.
Never understood the logic.
The Logic has just come to me!
We were paid cash at a pay parade, no pay packet,
Just money put ito your doffed cap by the Paybob.
Paying us that way negated the need for coins as
we had ten bob notes in them days !


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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 08:40:41 AM »

First posting to Germany  1959  1 and sixpence got you 12 Deutsche marks you could only draw a max of half your pay in Marks the rest was in BAFVS  remember them all those banknotes  looked good on the card table
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017, 09:41:35 AM »

Remember them well
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 11:06:34 AM »

Hi Jaymac,FSast.....I went to Germany in 1957 (Dec) and was there until 1960.  RAF Geilenkirchen, 2nd. TAF as it was then. 
Ciggys 1s. for 20  I never got through my weekly ration though.  In the days of the 4 minute warning!
I started as N.S. but signed on for 4 years, one of the brighter things I did.
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Re: Old money
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2017, 03:07:43 PM »


I don't know about wages,and old money but I can remember woodbines none filter being sold in packets of five, and you could win a packet of three ........[ woodbines, naughty naughty] that were made especially for vending machines.


I remember winning a packet as a kid on the crane grab machine on Gt Yarmouth pier as a teenager.....trouble was I had 3 mates who weren't smokers, so smoked the lot before I went home.........never felt so sick in my life...........never smoked again {-) {-) %% :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:
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Re: Old money
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2017, 03:15:36 PM »

RN blue liners 2/4d per Hundred
4 oz tin of rolling or pipe tobacco
2/4d.
Three hundred /12oz per month
on uk shore bases.
Dont get me started on the money
changing fiddles in the Gulf.
A bluey fiver to a Bombay taxi
driver bought enough rupees for
a week ashore.


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Re: Old money
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2017, 04:19:02 PM »

When i first went to sea merchant navy was paid 12 a week 1969 200 Benson 4s 6p  bottle of whisky 4s 7p  beer 5 1/2p a pint we didn't do half P's so charge 6p make enough profit in the week to have a free night on a Saturday,
 you could smoke your self to death and get drunk every night on 1.50 a week 4 bells rum free if tank cleaning.


                               Regards Howard.
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Re: Old money
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2017, 05:30:47 PM »

Hi all when I left the RAF end of June 1961 I was a Junior Technician radar, (fitter) and the pay was 7.7s.0d per week all found of course.  Food at RAF Lyneham was first class.
In the August I started work with ICL at 15 1s.8d per week. However I was offered several other equivalent jobs at little more than the RAF pay.
regards Roy
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Re: Old money
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2017, 01:06:18 PM »

hi  roycv
i was at raf geilenkirchen in 1951 good time was had by all    gordon
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Re: Old money
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2017, 07:01:15 PM »

In the late fifties, we went out of school for lunch with our 1 shilling daily dinner money. You could buy a packet of 2 Guards tipped ciggies, a book of matches and a bag of chips and still have fourpence change for a frozen Jubbly!! Talk about get 'em started young!.


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