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How much did it cost in Morris County, New Jersey?
a survey of retail prices advertised in the Daily Record, July 1-15, 1923

Automobiles
New
Chevrolet, Roadster, 2 passenger, 570.00
Hudson, Coach, 7 passenger, 1,450.00
Studebaker, Touring Light-Six, 5 passenger, 995.00
Used
1920, Chevrolet, F.B. Coupe, 300.00
1917, Buick, 75.00

Clothing
Hat, straw, .79-1.56/each
Men's coat, 9.95-35.00/each
Men's necktie, silk, .47-1.50/each
Men's shirt, percale, .79-1.25/each
Men's slacks, white flannel, 8.00/pair
Men's suit, mohair, 13.85/each
Men's union suit, Forest Mills, .69/each
Women's bathing shoes, .69-1.25/pair
Women's bathing suit, 1.98-4.98/each
Women's bloomers, silk, 3.98-4.98/each
Women's blouse, cotton, 1.98/each
Women's dress, gingham, 2.59/each
Women's jacket, fully lined, tweed, 3.95/each
Women's shoes, pumps, 1.29/pair
Women's skirt, pleated, silk, 7.95

Food & beverages
Bacon, sugar cured. .25/lb
Beef, pot roast, .10/lb
Bologna & frankfurters, .19/lb
Butter, Brookfield Creamery, .43/lb
Carrots, .10/bunch
Cookies, fig bars, .25/1 lbs
Corn, .10/no. 2 can
Eggs, .13/dozen
Ham, smoked Cali, .13/lb
Lamb, leg, .40/lb
Lard, Swift's pure, .17/lb
Lettuce, .10/head
Oil, olive, imported, 2.25/half gallon
Oranges, .50/dozen
Peaches, .15/basket
Peas, .25/2 quarts
Potatoes, .45/4 quart basket
Prunes, California, .24/2 lbs
Rice, .20/3 lbs
Tomatoes, .10/no 2 can

Furniture
Bedroom set, American walnut finish, 9 pieces, 199.00/set
Chair, arm, Fench split cane, 25.00/each
Chair, rocking, 25.00/each
Desk, 80.00/each
Dining room set, American walnut or antique mahogany, 10 pieces, 295.00/set
Flooring, Congoleum, 6' X 9', 1.98/each
Living room set, upholstered mohair, 3 pieces, 395.00
Rug, oriental, 20.00-50.00/each
Settee, 50.00/each
Sewing cabinet, 18.50/each
Tea wagon, 22.50-60.00/each

Garden & lawn equipment
Vegetable plants: celery, cabbage, cauliflower & brussels sprouts, .75/100 plants

Household goods
Fan, "G-E Whiz," 10.00/each
Dinnerware, American light porcelain, 52 pieces, 19.95/each
Lamp, with glass shade, 5.00/each
Range, gas, 77.00/each
Refrigerator, White Mountain, 49.50/each
Preserving kettle, "Wear-Ever," aluminum, 12 quart, 1.98-2.95/each
Vacuum bottle, .89/each
Vacuum cleaner, Sloane, 48.00/each
Washing machine, 125.00/each

Personal care & health
Aspirin, .10/12 pills
Bath brush, .98/each
Curling iron, Wavette, 2.19/each
Epsom salt, .09/lb
Hair brush, .89/each
Hair net, Zephyr, .25/4
Indigestion medicine, Bell-Ans, .25-.75/bottle
Laxative, Nature's Remedy, .25/box
Mineral oil, Russian, .60/pint
Mouthwash, Listerine, .79/bottle
Shampoo, coconut oil, .50/bottle
Soap, English toilet, 1.39/12 cakes
Talcum powder, Palmolive, .19/pkg
Toothbrush & holder, .49/set
Toothpaste, Pepsodent, .39/pkg
Vitamin supplement, Pinkham's vegetable oil, .93-1.20/bottle

Real estate
Houses for sale
Morristown area, 13 rooms, 2 barns, "country house," 20,000.00
Morristown, 6 rooms, 4,000.00
Morristown, large house, 7,000.00
Houses for rent
Morristown, 6 rooms, 55.00/month
Apartments & rooms
Washington Hotel, 5.00/week
YMCA, furnished room, 4.25/week

Recreation & amusements
Dinner, chicken, 2.50/person
Excursion to Bertrande Hotel, Lake Hopatcong, .75/children under 12; .90/adult
Luggage, black patent leather, 26", 12.50/each
Movie ticket, Palace Theatre, .17 & .22/matinee; .22 & .33/evening
Post cards, .05/20 cards
Swimming pass, YMCA, summer, pool, 2.00/boys; 5.00/men


How much did it cost to stock Thanksgiving tables in 1923?
These prices were advertised in The Daily Record [Morris County, New Jersey], November 27-30, 1923.
Meat, fowl & fish
Bacon, Swift's Dixie, 15 cents/lb
Chickens, 35 cents/lb
Duck, 39 cents/lb
Ham, 22 cents/lb
Pork, fresh, 19 cents/lb
Sausage, pork, 37 cents/lb
Turkey, 45 cents/lb

Vegetables
Asparagus, tips, White Rose, 40 cents/can
Carrots, 25 cents/4 qts
Celery, 10 cents
Kale, green, 15 cents/4 qts
Olives, stuffed, 45 cents/bottle
Onions, 5 cents/lb
Peas, White Rose, 27 cents/lb
Potatoes, 50 cents/bushel
Pumpkins, large, 15 cents/each

Fruits & nuts
Almonds, 35 cents/lb
Apples, 25 cents/dozen
Brazil nuts, 25 cents/lb
Chestnuts, 25 cents/2 lbs
Cranberries, Eat More, 25 cents/2 qts
Dates, Dromedary, 21 cents/pkg
Grapefruit, seedless, 25 cents/10
Grapes, Fancy Today, 15 cents/lb
Lemons, Sunkist, 20 cents/12
Oranges, Florida, 25 cents/20
Prunes, 15 cents/lb
Raisins, Malaga Cluster, 29 cents/pkg
Walnuts, 33 cents/lb

Dairy, eggs & cheese
Butter, Brookfield, 57 cents/lb
Eggs, Cloverbloom, 25 cents/doz

Desserts
Fig pudding, 45 cents/lb can
Mints, 29 cents/lb
Plum pudding, 45 cents/lb can

Baking, cereals, spices & condiments
Lard, Swift's Pure, 18 cents/lb
Lemon or orange peel, 35 cents/lb
Mince Meat, Heinz, 38 cents/lb jar

Beverages
Cider, 49 cents/gallon
Coffee, 27 cents/lb
Tea, 49 cents/lb

"Football
The big game of the year. Thanksgiving Day at Memorial Field, 2 P.M. Dover High School vs. Morristown H.S. Admission One Dollar. Tickets on Sale by All Students, Stores of F.A. Trowbridge, R. Gurvitz, L. Robinson (Mendham), Daily Record and at the gates day of game. Parking space for autos, 25 cents, on the High School grounds."
---Daily Record [Morristown, N.J.] November 28, 1923 (p. 1)

"Morristown, Win or Lose. Everything that is humanly possible has been done to stage Morristown's first big football game, which will be played on Memorial Field tomorrow afternoon, in the most satisfactory manner. From all indications, everything will pass off smoothly, and the only thing needed to insure complete success is favorable weather for football. Morristonians and pupils of its high school should be proud of the field. Not only is it the best in the county, but it is one of the best in the State. In fact, although few perhaps realize it, there are lots of colleges which do not have as fine accommodations for athletics. With the football and baseball fields entirely enclosed with the most modern type of fencing, and with a fine newly erected concrete grandstand, Memorial Field presents a most beautiful sight. Tomorrow the representative football eleven on the local school will meet the team from Dover High School. The latter is generally favored to win, but if the locals arouse a real fighting spirit the team needs the support of all Morristonians. It needs it whether it is behind or ahead in the first place, to spur it on to greater efforts, and in the latter to protect its advantage. It is to be hoped that the better team wins--that there are no flukes. But, above all, the thing for Morristonians to do is to support the maroon and white through thick and thin, no matter what the score may be."
---Daily Record [Morristown, N.J.] November 28, 1923 (p. 4)
[NOTE: Dover won the game 37-0.]

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