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Prices in 1932

Water Works Wonders
A History of the White, Wilson, McMahon,
River Junction School Districts Page 405

In 1932 a family's Christmas gift order from Eaton's
catalogue, might include some of the following items:

1-Brilliant Bobbed Hairpin ornament -$.15
1-Fancy clip-on hair ornament - $.15
1-Little Princess curling tongs- $.12
1-Two blade pocket knife - $.15
1-Novelty pearl choker -$.15
1-Girl's rayon jersey cloth beret- $.15
1-Scarf to match above beret - $.15
1-Manicure set - $.15
1-Fashionable buckle & clip set - $.39
1-Metal ocarina, large size - $.50
1-Jews' harp, large size - $.25
1-Fife (13.5 inches) nickle plated - $.15
1-Original bullet lighter, small, nickle plated - $.15
1-Original bullet lighter, large, nickle Plated - $.25
1-Glass perfume atomizer - $.50
6-skeins embroidery cotton, light blue, dark blue,
--------pink, red, yellow, & green, @ 2 for $.05--$.15
1-Beautiful pen 'Star Special' 14 kt. gold nib -$ .98
1-Propelling pencil (Parker) - $2.00
Boxes leads for propell. pencils @ 2 for $.15 --$.15
1-Cedar chest with stationery (48 sheets) - $2.00
3-Half ounce balls angora wool, baby blue - $1.50
1-Novelty stamped dresser scarf - $.15
1-Big Ben alarm clock - $ 4.75
1-Metal lunch kit with vacuum bottle - $1.98

These prices sound unbelievable to us today, but it is wise to remember that the average farm labourer was probably being paid no more than one dollar for a day's labour. At the height of the depression, some men were receiving $10.00 per month with room and board, and felt lucky to be employed.

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