The Value of A Dollar

The Value of A Dollar

Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860-1999

Book - 1999
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Examines what things have cost and how much money people have had to buy them, recording the actual prices of thousands of items that consumers purchased from the Civil War to the present, along with facts about investment options and income opportunities. Draws on over 500 sources, including trade cards, newspapers, magazines, catalogues, direct-mail letters, and posters. The first of the five chronological chapters, covering up to 1899, is in a different format because the foundations for a national consumer economy were just being established and little in the way of public advertisements or government statistics were produced. The subsequent chapters begin with a background essay describing the major social and economic forces of the period, then report prices and income in subchapters on such areas as investments, standard incomes, food, and amusements. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Lakeville, CT : Grey House Publishing, c1999
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781891482496
Branch Call Number: 338.52 VAL
Characteristics: xiii, 493 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Derks, Scott
Alternative Title: Value of a dollar, 1860-1999


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