Penny pony rides
Horses like this were common in grocery stores when I was a kid and I rode them every chance I got. This particular one is for sale as a vintage item and a ride on it back in the day obviously cost 10 cents. Other pictures of similar rides showed 25 cents. The horses come, or came, in a variety of colors, but all were either 10 cents or 25 cents to ride.
That’s why I’m so delighted that at least one of these horses is still operable and giving rides to children every day — in my supermarket. He’s basically a dark brown and seems to run almost nonstop when I’m there. But the most amazing thing about him is that he only costs a penny to ride. One cent! Offhand I can’t think of anything else these days that you can buy for a penny, but I don’t get into brick-and-mortar stores much anymore. I haven’t seen a gumball machine for a long time (do they still exist?), but I’ll bet even a piece of gum costs a nickel now. Just a guess.
Anybody know of anything you still can get for a penny these days?
June 19, 2020: Word came yesterday that the penny ponies are being removed from all King Soopers stores in Colorado. I suppose it was inevitable, but it still made me very sad.