"I actually ran it for several items cars, housing, bread, beef, income and toothpaste. All of them were higher than the inflation calculator would lead you to believe. I picked beef because it was middle of the road. The range was 9.44-12.56."
I think there are some natural challenges with comparing pre-WWII prices points and those after. First, it wasn't something economists were tracking, writ large. Second, it was the depression, so people weren't buying dear goods the way they do now. Third, WWII created an arbitrary spike in the cost of consumer goods. But if you look at post-war, inflation adjusted prices, I feel like you can paint a pretty accurate picture.
Cost of a new house, 1950 (1k sq. ft) $11k ($11 per sq.ft). In 2021, $124k, $124 per sq/ft.
Current average price per sq/ft $127.50
Cost of a cheap TV, 1950, $129. In 2021$, $1454. For $1454 you can get pretty much any TV you want...I have never paid more than $1k, even for the giant I have sitting in my living room.
Cost of a Loaf of bread, 1950, $.12. In 2021$, $1.35 (average cost now is $1.53)
Cost of toaster, 1951, $21.00. In 2021$, $219.45. ($17.99 in 2021.)
Cost of a 20 cu.ft drop freezer, 1955, $409.50. In 2021$, $4,151. ($749 in 2021)
And there is more.