I think you're being facetious, but still..... the wages were pretty low in those days. The Depression hadn't really set in at that point, and the average Joe still had a job, probably paying something on the order of $10 to $15 a week for a 48-hour week. Rents and mortgage payments were pretty low, and so were utility bills, and suchlike, but there still wasn't a whole lot leftover at the end of the month, I'm sure.
But I think Joe Average could have afforded a hot dog or two a few times a week.
I think about how much got lost in this country from about 1920 to about 1950, and I wince. Yes, some of it should have passed away, and we're better off for it. But some of it shouldn't have, at least so soon. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time to about 1925 with a hundred bucks in my pocket, and go riding trains for about a week-- so much has vanished, and is fading beyond living memory....... One of the sadder sights in this world is a railroad reduced to two parallel streaks of rust in knee-high weeds, with trees springing up between the rails.
My two cents' worth.
Pikesville, People's Democratic Republic of Maryland
All the men back then, they wore slacks, jackets, probably a tie, and a hat on their head. Shaved every day even if they couldn't afford to go in and eat.
Personal pride. We'll probably see that in a museum someplace.