Back To 1931 Prices: A Peek Into A Vintage Montgomery Ward Catalogue
I had to share with you this 1931 Montgomery Ward & Company Summer catalog. I spotted this gem at
WeirdeeGirlVintage on Etsy.com.
If you look real closely at the advertisements you will not believe the prices.
Bargains At $1.89 For Bedspreads
For example...look at the bedspreads advertised as "Remarkable Values".....you're darn tootin...they were $1.89 in 1931. But look at the dresses on the opposite page of this catalog section ....they were about the same price.
Standard Pillow cases Cost 10 Cents in 1931
Take a peek at the dry goods or linens.
How about those Percale pillow cases for 10 cents.?
Now it makes sense why my grandmother had no problem embroidering her name on all her pillow cases. I wonder if grandma would feel at ease today, sewing onto a set of pillow cases that cost $24.00 a set or higher. Would Grandma start monkeying around with dry goods that cost more than 10 cents?
When you were finished ordering "wash goods" for almost pennies...you might make some really expensive purchases like a pair of shoes for $2.49 or maybe a shirt for hubby for $1.29. Those were the days......
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