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How much did it cost in Morris County, New Jersey?
a survey of retail prices advertised in the Daily Record, October 1-15, 1940

Automobiles
New
Pontiac, DeLuxe Torpedo Six, 828.00
Plymoth, 2 door sedan, 739.00
Plymouth, coup, 685.00
Used
1939, De Soto DeLuxe Opera Coupe, 725.00
1938, Plymouth Station Wagon, 575.00
1936, Dodge 4 door Sedan, 295.00

Clothing
Girl's dress, cotton, 1.55-1.98/each
Girl's skirt, wool, 1.59-2.39 Girl's snow suit, wool, 2 pieces, 4.85-5.98/each
Girl's white pinafore, .79-1.00/each
Men's flannel shirt, .98/each
Men's hat, 1.00-4.95/each
Men's hunting boots, leather, 2.98/pair
Men's jacket, suede, 6.50/each
Men's suit, tweed, 25.00/each
Women's coat, rain, 1.79/each
Women's dress, wool, 3.98/each
Women's jacket, "mannish" style, 2.98/each
Women's skirt, wool flannel, pleated front, 5.98/each
Women's stockings, Berkshire, .79/pair

Employment & services
Man to drive car and serve, 135.00-150.00/month
Radio repair, .50 and up
Telephone calls, .15/18 mile radius NJ; .40/60 mile radius NJ; 1.30/400 mile call
Woman with car to make collections for local committee, 3.00/day + expenses

Food & beverages
Apple, Winesap, 1.29/bushel
Bacon, Ideal brand, sugar cured, .25/2.5 lbs
Bananas, .05/lb
Beef, roast, .29/lb
Bosco Milk Amplifier, .19/jar
Bread, Bond, .10/1 lb loaf
Butter, Brookfield, .33/lb
Cereal, Wheaties, .09/pkg
Cheese, Pabst-ett, .25/2 pkgs
Cocoa, Hershey's, .15/2.5 lb can
Coffee, Ehler's, Grade "A", .24/lb can
Eggs, Ideal, .45/dozen
Flour, Gold Medal, .83/24.5 lb bag
Ham, Ideal Brand, oven tendered, .18/lb
Juice, Welch, Grape, .22/pt; .39/qt
Junket Rennet Powder, .25/3 pkgs
Ketchup, Pride of the Farm, .11/12 oz bottle
Margarine, Swift's, All Sweet, .19/lb
Macaroni, Caruso, .23/3.8 oz pkg
Milk, .14/qt bottle
Oil, Olive, Pompeian, .29/8 oz can
Onions, Fancy Yellow, .10/5 lbs
Oranges, Sunkist, .25/20
Pablum (baby food), .19/jar
Peanut butter, Ideal, crunchy, .15/lb jar
Potatoes, baking, .10/4 lbs
Preserves, Ann Page, .23/two 1 lb jars
Soup, Campbell's, tomato, .20/3 cans
SPAM, Hormel, .25/12 oz can
Sugar, Hudson Valley brand, .21/5 lb bag
Tea, Lady Fair, bags,.29/50 count pkg

Furniture
Chairs, Artisan's, 12.95/each
Lamps, floor, 10.98-25.00/each
Mattress, Simmons, fill size, 19.95/each
Rug, Persian design, 9' X 12', 60.00-89.50

Household & seasonal goods
Blankets, wool & cotton blend, 3.98/each
Cleanser, Sunbrite, .09/2 cans
Curtains, Crane's, 1.19/pair
Laundry detergent, Ivory Flakes, .10/large pkg
Light bulbs, .10-.20/each
Oil, home heating, ESSO, 1.25/week budget plan
Paint, Hockenjos brand, house, 2.69/gallon
Washing machine, electric, Jersey Central Power & Electric, 109.95/each

Newspapers
Daily Record [Morristown NJ], .03/daily paper

Personal care & health
Aspirin, Bayer, .59/100 count bottle
Bandages, Johnson & Johnson Band-aids, .19/36 count pkg
Carter's Pills, .19-.25/bottle
Cold cream, Pond's, .39-.55/jar
Laxative, Ex-Lax, .19-.25/bottle
Nail polish, .60/bottle
Shaving cream, Lifebuoy, .16/tube
Soap, Bridal Bouquet, .13/3 cakes
Tissues, Kleenex, .25/440 count box
Toilet paper, .15/100 sheer roll
Toothbrush, .09-.19/each
Toothpaste, Colgate, .29/2 tubes
Vitamins, 2.50/100 count bottle

Real estate
Houses for sale
Morristown, 2 story, 6 rooms, 8,500.00
Morristown, 6 rooms, with garage, 6,500.00
Morristown, 5 rooms, new bungalow, 4,200.00

Houses for rent
Morristown, 6 rooms, 58.00/month
Chester, 6 rooms, utilities, 35.00/month
Morristown, bungalow, 4 rooms, 32.50/month
Apartments & rooms
Apartment, 4 rooms, 45.00/momth
Room, furnished, 30.00/month

Recreation & amusements
Barn dance, Mt. Kemble Fire Dept., .40/admission
Book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie, Pocketbook paperback, .25/each
Bus trip, New York World's Fair, Flushing Queens, 1.50/roundtrip ticket
Card party, New Vernon Unit First Aid Squad, .25/admission
Dance lessons, square and modern, .44/lesson
Movie Camera, Cine-Kodak Eight, 97.50/each
Movies, New Palace Theatre [Morristown], .15-.20/matinee ticket; .20-.25/evening ticket
Radio, Emerson, tabletop model, 9.95/each
Sunday Dinner, Master's Drug Store [Morristown], .45/person
Turkey Supper, Brookside Engine Company No. 1, Mendham Twp., .50/child; 1.00/adult

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