Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The "Story" of 1908


I found the 1905-1908 store list and I found some interesting items.

1) They actually bought brandy. Now, I assumed they were Temperance Types, they attended temperance lectures and gave money to temperance society. Hmm. Maybe it was for cooking :) Maybe they were 'on the fence' or maybe they found a rationale for a nip of brandy.

2) In the higher grades of Academy, school fees were considerable. Not the 25 cent a month as all through school, but 3.00 a month. So, I'll mention that in Flo in the City: I'll have Flora feel 'guilty' for this money spent. I doubt the parents would have used this fact to make her feel guilty for doing poorly.

3) They brought a KODAK for 5.00 in 1904. So a Kodak camera, likely, took this picture! And all the others.

4)Ice cost 1.25 a month. So I can mention that in the story. And each time the man brought it in, they paid 5 cents.

5) I have Flora brushing her teeth, but wasn't sure if they used 'powder' or paste. They bought tooth polish and tooth powder.


Hmm

And then I started to look at the 1883 book, when Norman got and Margaret got married. That list is illuminating, it shows that it was expensive to get married and set up house in the Victorian age if you were middle class. Indeed, it looks like they spent the next year buying things for the house. And then Edith came along.

Here's the first bit:


Setting Up House 1883

Horse Hire 2.50
To m 60
Trunk for Stage 25
Cartage for Box 15
Paid to J. Farmer 25
Post cards 05
1 roll carpet 24.10
Express on Money 25
Express on Carpet 50
Cartage on Carpet 10
2 tickets to concert 20
Masonic dues 2.00
¼ lbs peppermints 08
Tickets to DWN and return 60
Letter stamps 09
C A Bangs on stoves 38.24
Skating rink 20
1 ½ pound nails 05
1 ½ dry screw nails 05
Putting up windows 50
Suit of clothes 20.00
Freight on furniture 1.77
Cartage 50
Painting 100
Letter stamps 12
Furniture 136.00
Express on oney 35
Wedding Cake 5.00
Horse hire 1.25
Stove shovel 15
Cartage 15
4 pairs gloves
Stove Brush 15
Ladies ring 5.00
Scarf 75
1 litman collar 15
Hair cut and shave 25
Reverend R .W. McLeod 12.00
Letter stamp 03
Horse hire 3.00
1 frying pan 40
2 bake pans 45
1 scrubbing brush 20
7 ½ pound meat 63

Bill of goods 34.72
3 lbs of fish 21
Carpet thread 25
Paper and envelopes 20
Pass bok 25
Letter stamps
Trunk by wagon
1 ¼ pound steak 12
4 tassells 30
8 yrds cord 12
¼ lbs pepper 05
Bath brick 09
To M 2.00
Church collection 20
2 lbs currants
2 oz nutmeg
3 doz clothes pins
One clothes line
2 lbs raisins
Hardware of Bags 4.25
Pennington furniture 45.50
2 lbs meat 20
Treat of cigars 35
Table mats 60
2 lbs butter 44
6 lbs pork 75
Set of flat irons 1.50
Flour sieve 20
Stove lifter 10
Charitable purposes 20
Express on Carpet 40
2 bottles of ink 05
Groceries 52
Linen thread 10
Comprised yeast 02
1 quarter of oats
Carpet 4.35
Daily Witness 3.00
Registered letter 02
55 feet of wood
Clock 3.40
2 2/3 pound meat 25
Horse hire 2.00
Treat figs 25
Tickets to concert 50
3 lbs pork 39
1 loaf bread 10
4 lbs butter 90
Charitable purposes 10
Skating rink 40
5 lbs beef 30
2 ½ yards table linen 1.00