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How much did it cost in Morris County, New Jersey?
a survey of retail prices advertised in the Daily Record, September 1-15, 1939

Buick Convertible Coup, 900.00
Packard, 867.00
1936, Plymouth Deluxe Tudor, 375.00
1934, Ford Deluxe Coup, 175.00
Automobile insurance: Property damage 5,000.00; Liability, 5,000.00-10,000.00, 12.50/year

Boy's shirt, 1.50/each
Boy's slacks, 5.00/year
Girl's blouse, 1.00/each
Girl's dress, 5.98/each
Girl's shoes, 1.69-1.98/pair
Men's coat, reversible, 17.50/each
Men's necktie, Botany, wool, 1.00/each
Men's shirt, Arrow, 2.00/each
Men's slacks, wool, 5.95/pair
Men's sport coat, tweed, 15.00/each
Men's sweater, 3.00/each
Women's coat, reversible, 8.98-16.98/each
Women's dress, 29.95/each
Women's shoes, 6.50-16.75/pair
Women's skirt, wool, 1.98/each
Women's sweater, Shetland wool, 4.98/each

Housekeeper, live-in, 7.00/week
Maid, 30.00-60.00/month
Salesman/collector, 22.50/week

Food & beverages
Apples, McIntosh, .14/3 lbs
Bacon, Mutual, .25/two half lb pkgs
Baking powder, Davis, .25/two 12 oz cans
Beef, rib roast, .27/lb
Bisquick, Gold Medal, .25/large pkg
Butter, Ideal, .25/lb
Cantaloupe, .29/2
Cereal, Wheaties, .10/pkg
Coffee, Chase & Sanborn, .21/lb
Cheese, Kraft, Velveeta, .41/2 lbs
Chicken, broilers, .25/lb
Cold cuts, .25/lb
Corn, Jersey, .10/7 ears
Corned beef hash, Broadcast, .31/two 16 oz cans
Crackers, Nabisco, Ritz, .10/lb box
Crisco, .17/lb
Eggs, .21/dozen
Flour, Pillsbury, .29/7 lb bag
Graham crackers, Nabisco, .17/lb
Ham, Puritan, smoked, .25/lb
Ketchup, Heinz, .17/large bottle
Margarine, Allsweet, .14/lb
Miracle Whip, Kraft, .37/quart jar
Ovaltine, .59-.75/pkg
Onions, U.S. No. 1, yellow, .10/4 lbs
Oranges, California, .19/dozen
Pie, Lemon Chiffon, .25/each
Potatoes, Idaho baking, .25/6 lbs
Soda, Coca Cola, .25/6 bottles
Soup, Campbell's, .08/can
SPAM, Hormel, .23/can
Sugar, .25/5 lb bag
Tomatoes, Jersey, .10/4 lbs

Household & seasonal goods
Bedroom furniture, maple, 12 piece set, 59.00/set
Blanket, Kenwood, wool, 5.95-8.50/each
Cannister set, 4 pieces, .69/set
Casserole dish, Wear-Ever, aluminum, 1 3/4 quart size, 1.79/each
Coffee percolator, Mirro, self-measuring, 1.98-2.25/12 cup unit
Kettle, aluminum, whistling, .69/each
Laundry detergent, Kirkman's, soap flakes, .20/large pkg
Lawn seed, Scott's, 2.75/5 lb bag
Light bulbs, General Electric, .07/each
Paint, Moore, Sani-flat, indoor, 2.10/gallon
Refrigerator, Sears, Coldspot, 119.88/each
Washing machine, 69.95-89.95/each

.03/daily paper

Personal care & health
Alka Seltzer, .49-.60/pkg
Aspirin, Bayer's, .59-1.00/bottle
Cough syrup, Stoke's, .49-.75/each
Dry cleaning, men's suit, .95/each
Hot water bottle, Trent, .79-1.29/each
Mouthwash, Listerine, .59-.75/bottle
Night cream, Novena, 1.00-2.00/jar
Razor, Schick, .49-1.00/each
Razor blades, Drury Lane, .25/25 count pkg
Soap, Ivory, .25/3 large cakes
Tissue, Kleenex, .55/two 500 count boxes
Toilet paper, Scott, .20/3 rolls
Toothpaste, Ipana, .39-.50/pkg
Witch hazel, .09-.35/bottle

Real estate
Houses for sale
Morristown, 6 rooms, 6,500.00
Morristown, 5 rooms, bungalow, 4,200.00
Morristown, 6 rooms, 3,500.000
Houses for rent
Morristown, 8 rooms, 85.00/month
Morristown, 7 rooms, 45.00/month
Morristown, 4 rooms, 30.00/month
Apartments & rooms
Morristown, 4 rooms, 62.50/month
Morristown, 3 rooms, 50.00/month
Morristown, 1 room, 3.00-4.00/week

Recreation & amusements
Bicycle, Elgin, boy's, 19.98/each
Bus trip, New York World's Fair, .75/child; 1.50/adult
Card party & dessert, St. Virgil's Church [Morris Plains, NJ], .50/tally
Clambake, Elk's Morristown Lodge [Morristown, NJ], 3.00/ticket
Football, Kenwell, .89-1.50/each
Golf, 18 holes, Valley View, [Whippany, NJ], .18/weekdays; 1.50/weekends & holidays
Lunch, Day's Fountain [Morristown, NJ], .35/person
Movie ticket, .25-.55/matinee; .55-1.10/evening
Radio, Silvertone, 11 tube console, 59.95/each
Roller skates, Union Hardware, .69/pair
Theatre ticket, Papermill Playhouse [Millburn, NJ], .55-1.00/each

School supplies
Girl's gym togs, "Official High School," blouse/1.00; shorts/1.39; bloomers, 1.89/pair
Girl's school uniform skirt, 1.98-3.98/each
Lunch kit, Sears, with pint bottle, .98-1.29/set
School bags, genuine leather, 16", .95/each

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31 January 2007