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How much did it cost in Morris County, New Jersey?
a survey of retail prices advertised in the Daily Record, July 1-15, 1903

Automobiles
New
Locomobile, steam, 2 passenger, 550.00
Hoffman, Light touring car, 975.00
Waverly, Electric, Runabout, 350.00

Used
several advertised, no prices

Clothing
Boy's kneepants, linen, .50/pair
Boy's overalls, .19/pair
Boy's school suit, .98/each
Children's shoes, .85-1.75/pair
Girl's dress, 2.78/each
Hat, straw, .25-1.23/each
Men's coat, Alpaca, 1.76-2.45/each
Men's neck tie, silk, .38-.75/each
Men's shirt, Madras, .39-.79/each
Men's slacks, corduroy, 1.15/pair
Men's suit, serge, 5.75-6.50/each
Women's shoes, patent leather, oxford, .85-1.00/pair
Women's skirt, .98-1.75/each
Women's suit, summer, 1.98-2.49/each

Food & beverages
Baking powder, Daisy, .45/lb
Baking soda, Daisy, .10/lb
Beef, sirloin steak, .20/lb
Butter, Elgin Creamery, .25/lb
Chocolate, .17/half lb
Cocoa, .19/half lb
Cookies, Nabisco, Uneeda, .07/pkg
Crackers, milk, .25/3 lbs
Flour, Christian's Best XXXX Minnesota, 4.98/bushel barrel
Ham, Armour, potted, .07/half lb tin
Ice cream, "Brick Ice Cream," .45/quart brick
Lamb, hindquarters, .18/lb
Mustard, German, in mugs, .17/mug
Oats, Quaker, .30/3 pkgs
Peanut butter, .10/jar
Potatoes, Fancy Rose, .59/half bushel basket
Salad dressing, .20/bottle
Soda, Hire's, gingerale, .09/bottle
Soup, Burnham's, clam chowder, .15/3 lb can
Syrup, pure raspberry, .25/pint
Tea, Ceylon, mixed, .50-.60/lb

Furniture
Bed, iron, 2.50-3.25/each
Cot, wooden, 1.40/each
Couch, 4.00-5.00/each
Mattress, 1.50/each

Garden & lawn equipment
Garden tools, 3 pieces, .05-.25/set
Hammock, Mexican grass, .85-1.00/each
Hose, rubber, garden, .08-.10/foot
Lawn mower, 2.50-3.00/each
Lawn sprinkler, .24-.60/each
Lunch basket, .05-.50/each
Rake, hay, .20-.35/each
Vegetable plants, celery & cabbage, 1.60/1,000 plants
Watering can, galvanized, .20-.65/each

Household goods
Ammonia, .25/pint
Broom, whisk, .25/each
Cleanser, Borax, .17/lb
Coal, 6.25/ton
Cookstove, Perfection, oil, 4.98/2 drawer size
Drinking cups, collapsing, .10-25/each
Freezer, ice cream, 2 quart, 1.50/each
Fruit jars, Mason, pint size, .45/dozen; quart size, .55/dozen
Ice cream spoons, .05/dozen
Lemonade shaker, .05-25/each
Mattress, 2.20/each
Metal polish, EZKlene, .10/jar
Milk bottles, .63/pint
Napkins, paper, .35/100 count box
Pillows, feather, .90/each
Refrigerator, 4.75-15.00/each
Roach powder, Gold Medal, .10/box
Sheets, percale, .98-1.48/each
Soap, gasoline, .49/10 cakes

Personal care & health
Cough syrup, Ayer's Cherry Pectoral, .25-1.00/bottle
Hair "vigor," 1.00/bottle
Medical Lake Tablets, rheumatism cure, .25/bottle

Real estate
Houses for sale
None advertised


Houses for rent
Morristown, 7 rooms and bath, 12.50/month


Apartments & rooms
5 rooms, 15.00/month

Recreation & amusements
Air rifles, Daisy, .75/each
Balloons, paper, .10-.25/each
Baseballs, rubber, .05-.25/each
Croquet set, .98/each
Doll carriages and go carts, .25-.98/each
Fire crackers, .03/pack
Fishing rod, 3 pieces, .10-3.00/set
Jump ropes with fancy handles, .05/each
Phonograph, Edison, 10.00-30.00/each
Railroad tickets, Newark-San Francisco, 67.00/round trip ticket
Sand pails & shovels, .05-.10/set


How much did it cost to stock Thanksgiving tables in 1903?
These prices were advertised in The Daily Record [Morris County, New Jersey], November 20-23, 1903.
Meat, fowl & fish
Bacon, 13 1/2 cents/lb
Beef, Porterhouse steak, 14 cents/lb
Chicken, 14 cents/lb
Ham, Swift's premium, 13 1/2 cents/lb
Lamb, leg, 12 cents/lb
Mackerel, 12 cents/each
Oysters, 25 cents/qt
Pork, loin roast, 12 1/2 cents/lb
Sausage, link, 12 cents/lb
Turkey, 22 cents/lb

Vegetables
Beans, baked, 10 cents/can
Peas, 12 cents/can
Potatoes, Jersey, $1.00/bushel
Tomatoes, 9 cents/can

Fruits & nuts
Almonds, 18 cents/lb
Apples, 10 cents/lb
Apricots, 30 cents/2 lbs
Cranberries, Cape Cod, 12 cents/quart
Dates, 6 cents/pkg
Grapes, Malaga, 15 cents/large cluster
Oranges, Florida, 25 cents/dozen
Peaches, heavy syrup, 19 cents/can
Prunes, 25 cents/3 lbs
Raisins, seeded, 9 cents/lb
Walnuts, 13 cents/lb

Dairy, eggs & cheese
Milk, 29 cents/3 cans

Desserts
Cookies, ginger snaps, 4 cents/lb
Plum Pudding, Richardson & Robins, 20 cents/can
Pop Corn, 15 cents/lb

Baking, cereals, spices & condiments
Baking powder, Daisy, 45 cents/lb
Baking soda, 10 cents/pkg
Cloves or cinnamon, 10 cents/quarter lb
Lemon or orange peel, 12 cents/lb
Mince Meat, Brick's, 58 cents/5 lb
Vanilla extract, 10 cents/bottle
Worcestershire sauce, Lea & Perrins, 18 cents/bottle

Beverages
Cider, 18 cents/gallon
Cocoa, Walter Baker's, 18 cents/can
Coffee, Java, 35 cents/lb
Tea, English breakfast, 35 cents/lb

"Thanksgiving Proclamations
Carefully preserved in the state department at Washington are all of the proclamations ever issued by the presidents of the United States. They are kept in large brown envelopes and carefully filed away in series for each year. Among them are the Thanksgiving proclamations issued by our presidents and include one dated Jan. 1, 1793 and signed by George Washington, while another bears the signature of James Madison. The issuing of Thanksgiving proclamations by the president of the United States is a more complicated affair than most people imagine. It is the duty for the president, for it is customary for him to write this proclamation with his own hand and to put into it as much of the spirit of the day as possible. President Harrison used to take a pencil and a little pad of paper and write out the proclamation in full. Then he would turn it over to one of the executive clerks to be copied. Mr. Harrison preferred to use his pencil rather than to dictate. President Cleveland also wrote some things with his own hand, but he used a stenographer, too, a great deal. The president in writing a Thanksgiving proclamation makes a draft of what he wishes to say. Such a high official as he is cannot afford the time to make pretty copies of his letters. He simply scrawls what he thinks ought to be said, with corrections and amendments here and there, and after the wording has satisfied him he hands it over to a clerk to be copied in proper shape. In the state department there are two or three clerks who make a specialty of penmanship, and one of them engrosses the proclamation on parchment artistically, when it is sent over to the White House to receive the president's signature. Then the great seal of the state department is affixed. It is a very ornate seal. It ought to be, for it cost $1,000. It is kept in a rosewood case. The affixing of this seal is a momentous affair. A warrant for it must have been previously obtained from and signed by the president. The proclamation having been made entirely formal and authentic by the addition of the seal, copies are take of it by clerks, and one is sent to each of the states and territories, addressed to the governors. The state department uses the typewriter for some purposes, but not for official correspondence. All of the copies of the proclamation are written out on the long sheets of blue paper which are used for official correspondence. Each governor who receives a copy of the president's proclamation will make a proclamation of his own. Just in the meantime the proclamation of the president has been made public, and the people all over the country know what day has been chosen for Thanksgiving."
---Daily Record [Morristown, N.J.] November 25, 1903 (p. 2)

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