Wimpy in the Good Old Days

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Things have gotten really pricey in this day and age. A Wimpy breakfast can set you back between R25 and R50 nowadays. It used to be a lot cheaper in the Good Old Days though. Wimpy is renowned for its brilliant breakfasts all over South Africa. Wimpy was established in 1967 in South Africa.

There are 500 outlets in the country. My dad told me that he used to pay 50c back in the day for a movie ticket. Nowadays it’s between R35 and R45 per ticket. Things have become really expensive in this country. Will things become cheaper in the future? I think not. Nonetheless, it’s nice to get nostalgic in this day and age. Hope you find these 2 photos funny and insightful.

This is a menu from 1972:

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This is a menu from 1983:

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  • Leo Kritzinger

    Hi there RW!
    Sure brought back memories to this oldtimer (61) with the '72 menu. Aaaahh — those prices!
    What are the chances of getting a hi-res scan of both sides of that menu? I own a '72 Mustang Coupe — the Wimpy menu would go great with the car!

    • Leo: Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately I do not have high res scans of that menu. You might be able to obtain it from Wimpy themselves. The same photos were used on the Watkykjy website (linked on the bottom of this post).

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  • Samantha

    Hi, I’m looking for price comparisons for items like bread, milk and petrol from the ’70s to now. Do you know how I can find old Checkers / Pick ‘n Pay leaflets or catalogues from the old days?

    • Sadly not, I found this online and reposted it on my site

  • Simon Betson

    Wimpy was actually established in the United Kingdom in 1954. The first Wimpy to be opened overseas was in 1967 in South Africa.