Wednesday, August 6, 2014
RPPC Circa 1910 SHOPPING Photo Postcards
Shopping is a daily part of our lives, as it was in the early 1900s. Prices have changed and stores were somewhat different as seen in this post of real photo postcards from the period. Above, ladies in a millinery store investigate the newest styles in hats. At that time, a woman's dress cost $10-$14 and her shoes $2-$8 a pair.
Who doesn't love a sale? Lyons' signs look rather solid however, so their "last great sale" may have gone on for some time. Many big cities still have storefronts that look like this where quitting business signs are a permanent feature.
In 1910, the average wage was $538.00 a year. Bacon was 20 cents a pound, eggs cost 27 cents a dozen and Kellogg's Corn Flakes were 9 cents a box. Then as now, grocery shopping was a significant part of a household budget. Here are people at the Atlantic & Pacific store, the forerunner of the grocery chain, A & P.
These children are at the candy store where glass cases show off a variety of treats (peanut brittle was 10 cents a pound) that make them smile.
A horse-drawn delivery wagon stands outside the South End Market in this picture.
Baker's Drug Store shows cigars and magazines in the window.
These folks are at the butcher shop; a sign behind them advertises "chickens - live or dressed." The handwritten message on the back says, "This is the workings here now...Ted & Chris still killing and Joe is upstairs."
Price Estimates: These real photo postcards provide fascinating glimpses into the everyday lives of Americans at the turn of the century. Interiors with clear details are especially interesting and prized by collectors. Postcards like the ones shown here will cost between $20 - $40 each. These estimates are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition, and they are only estimates.