The 50's through the 80's were probably the best times at least the buying power of a dollar. When I was in HS in the 60's average kids were buying their own cars with earnings of their after school jobs. My daughter went to the same HS as did only 30 some years later. I used to take her to school and pick her up. Almost none of the kids were driving and there were actually parking spaces, when I went there you couldn't find a parking space 4 blocks away from school. Conversely, in the early 1900's a cheap Iver Johnson pistol cost $5.95 which would have been 2 days wages. It is all relative.
357 Taurus Gaucho, 22 Heritage RR, 2-Pietta 1858 44 NMA Remingtons, Pietta, Euroarms & ASM 36 1851 Navies, 31 Uberti 1849, 12 ga H&R Topper, 16 Ga Western Field, 43 Spanish Remington Rolling Block, 44 ASM Colt Walker, High Point C9 9mm, Winchester 1906 22, Rossi 62 22 rifle, Uberti 1860, H&A & IJ 32 S&W BreakTop, 36 Euroarms 1858, 32 H&R 04, 22mag NAA SS BP revolver, .44 Rodgers & Spencer, IJ 38 S&W BreakTop, IJ 22 Sealed 8