I found this great article on The American Thinker website by Vasko Kohlmayer
excerpt: "In 1913, five dollars could get you the following:
15 pounds of potatoes, 10 pounds of flour, 5 pounds of sugar, 5 pounds of chuck roast, 3 pounds of round steak, 3 pounds of rice, 2 pounds each of cheese and bacon, and a pound each of butter and coffee ... two loaves of bread, 4 quarts of milk and a dozen eggs."
Read the full article at :http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/08/the_death_of_the_dollar.html
For more articles by Vasko Kohlmayer visit here.
For those of you interested in fictionalized account of a financial collapse of the US economy should read this great book by James Wesley Rawles, "The Patriot"