Big Spender

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"Why is the boy so popular? He has a quarter to spend."

Certain humor still rings as true today as it ever did. The front page of a 1906 Chicago Tribune shows off its funny side with this cartoon of a boy swarmed by female admirers, all because he has some pocket change to spend. His jealous friends look on in the distance as the young lad holds his head high with pride.

A quarter in 1906 would buy what about six dollars would buy today, a relatively small sum to an adult, but not so for a youthful schoolboy. Both then and now, the same self-satisfied expression can be found on a young man with a lady on each arm and a fist full of treasure.

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