From WW2, when we were (and still are) the worlds wheat basket.
That menu is from 1960, if I'm reading the little numbers in the lower right hand corner correctly. Certainly those prices look comical today, but to give it some perspective, I'd ask what you (or your parents) had in income for 1960.
A newspaper isn't much help, since the point was how much of someone's income it would take to buy sandwiches as those cheap diner prices. It's demonstrably from 1960, though, since that's when Casey Stengel turned 70.
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