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HISTORICAL USA RETAIL FOOD PRICES: SOURCES, SURVEYS & DATA [1600-1860] The Value of a Dollar: Colonial Era to the Civil War, prices extracted from advertisements, newspapers, commodities listings, and personal inventories.  Sears Roebuck and Company Catalog, mail order groceries  "New Facts on the Increased Cost of Living," New York Times, March 27, 1910 (p. [1913-1923] Average retail food prices for 51 cities, Monthly Labor Review, March 1923  Food for the Worker/Frances Stern & Gertrude Spitz [1928 & 1929] Average retail food prices for 51 cities, Monthly Labor Review, December 1929  Thanksgiving food prices  Good Cooking Made Easy/Haseltine & Dow [1980-present] Average retail food prices --by product and region Colonial American tavern (publik house, ordinary) prices were set by law.Earliest prices are expressed in pence/colonial scrip. Food was generally included with the price of room.
Select CT1970p1-08Chapter G: "Consumer Income & Expenditures." Skip to page 302 "Consumer Expenditure Patterns," where you find definitions and sources. See also Cummings [1817-1930] [1890-1970] Basic commodities (go to page 213): average retail prices of flour, bread, round steak, pork chops, bacon, butter, eggs, milk (delivered), oranges, potatoes, tomatoes (canned), Navy beans, coffee, margarine & sugar, reported by the federal government. However, whatever the quality of the food served, the proprietor was allowed to charge a predetermined price...I can always expect to see something new that I have not had before whenever I stop by, but it is usually only every few months.The service is good, they usually have an associate maintaining the beer/wine stock and growler station; so if you have any questions they are available.Deacon Rogers' Langdon Mitre Box Company moved into a part of the plant that had been vacated by the Chapman Cutlery Company. Chapman, specialized in steel-handled table knives and, with an 1800 pound drop forge, was capable of turning outs as many as fifty dozen utensils in a day.Despite a recessionary economy, Chapman Cutlery was holding its own.