I used to do this often at work , photographic retail.
People would go on and on about how good and cheap cameras used to be "back then" , so I challenged them to bring in their pictures and compare them ...
To verify this take a really close look at the sharpness/detail of your old photos (not the ones taken by a studio with 4x5" camera...)
The problem is that sometime people remember the cost in dollars but not how long they had to work to earn that.
BTW, here is a comment from the Net on camera prices :
I came across a 1936 Contax RF ad with prices recently, and I was shocked to say the least! The top model with fast glass was $371 (1936) US dollars! A brand new Buick was only $700 in 1936 !
Yep, in the early days Leicas and Contaxes used to cost a year's wage , or more..., but people think that a $1k DSLR is really expensive compared to....
This is the tent that I mentioned costed 5 weeks wage second hand in 1972 :
This was a tight 3 person tent, mostly used for 2 . Often copied, still in use now in Nepal for example.
A few kindly described it as "heavy" for one person . Cotton fly : 18 lbs, nylon fly 12.35 lbs