I think we have to see the ads in the context of the value of the dollar.

http://www.dollartimes.com/calculators/inflation.htm

At this rate of the devaluation of the dollar, we don't have to go to the store to buy toilet paper, we can just use Ben Franklins. We could also be like those old time millionaires before the depression and light out cigars with $100 bills also. A dollar just ain't what they used to be.