Prices About 1895 and 1947

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The following prices existed about 1895, and it may be of interest to the present generations to figure out what they would do with the balance of their pay cheque if they could buy fancy colored bed spreads for $1.19; white cotton, heavy quality, 4¢ / yard; muslins, 5¢ / yard; print, 7¢ / yard; corset covers, 75¢ each; ladies nightdresses, 39¢; men's unlaundered white shirts, 39¢; men's fedora hats, 75¢ each; 4 lb. ginger snaps; 4 lbs. raisins, 25¢; salmon, large can, 10¢; sardines, 5¢ per can; fancy dinner sets, 97-pieces, $5.25.

Farmers received for live hogs: $6.50 cwt; butter 16¢ / pound; eggs, 9¢ / dozen; fall wheat, 57¢ a bushel; barley, 36¢; oats, 27¢; hay, $6 a ton; wool, if washed, 15¢, unwashed, 8¢ lb.

Prices in the year 1947: Fancy colored bed spreads, $12-$25; heavy quality white cotton, 80¢ a yard; swiss muslin, $1.29 a yard; print, 59¢ - $1.19 a yard; ladies nightdresses, $2.49; men's white shirts, medium quality, $3.60; men's fedora hats, $8; 4 lbs. ginger snaps, 60¢; 4 lbs. raisins, $1; Maple Leaf salmon, large, 79¢; sardines, best brand, 25¢; fancy dinner sets, 97 pieces, $125.

Farmers received for dressed hogs, $23 per cwt. plus government subsidy; butter, 72¢; eggs, grade A, large, 60¢; fall wheat, $1.55 / bushel; barley, $1.20; oats, 98¢; white beans, $6 a bushel; soya beans, $3.05 a bushel; apples per bushel, $2.50; onions, $2; corn, $2.50 per bushel (shelled); potatoes, $2.50 per 75 lb. bag; cattle, 15¢ / lb.; hay, $20 / ton; and wool, 31¢ / lb.

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Transcribed from the records of Mrs. Geo. S. Brien, Rural Ridgetown Women's Institute.
2004-10-29