|A fraction of my research books|
School Mate 6" x 9" 350 pages pencil tablet $0.35
Ink bottle 0.05
Pen holder 0.03
(this is a wood handle that holds the quill tip)
quill pen tip 0.06
ink eraser 0.25
(at this price I imagine they didn't make mistakes often)
dozen pencils 0.14
slate 8 x 10 (they had a variety of sizes) 0.12
box of chalk 0.07
school bag 0.15
or if you preferred a book strap 0.10
In most occupations at the time, this was a day's pay. In some occupations 2 day's pay.
notebook - 8" x 11" 70 pages $0.99
pack of 2 pens 1.99
box of pencils 1.99
Notebook paper 100 sheets 2.50
Total with the same type of items $28.51
An average daily wage now, according to Trading Economics is $176.24. Although I find that hard to believe. I would say most work for less than $20 and hour which they said $22.03 was the average wage.
I could have went into the calculators, ipads, computers and a whole list of items that are used now that weren't used then, but I wanted to stay as close to the same items as possible.
When you started school in the fall what was your favorite thing? The new lunch box, new clothes, or the school supplies? I liked the school supplies. I loved school and was always anxious to get back to learning in the fall.
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 32+ novels, novellas, and anthologies of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. This is what Mysteries Etc says about her Shandra Higheagle mystery series: “Mystery, romance, small town, and Native American heritage combine to make a compelling read.”
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