PRICES for FOOD, 1810s
PRICES for LODGING and MEALS, 1810s
PRICES for CLOTHING and SEWING SUPPLIES, 1810s
PRICES for HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, 1810s
PRICES for HARDWARE and BUILDING MATERIALS, 1810s
PRICES for SERVICES, 1810s
COST of ATTENDING COLLEGE, 1810s
COST of EDUCATION (non-college), 1810s
Although the perfect resource would be statistical data showing retail price averages, when this is not available, alternative sources can suggest the approximate prices of consumer goods. Item valuation from theft reports found in the U. S. Congressional Serial Set are one such option.
Some early congressional publications contain theft reports for household items and personal belongings, along with a suggested value or replacement cost. The following were taken from U. S. Congressional Serial Set volume 126, "Memorial of the State of Missouri and Documents in relation to Indian Depredations upon Citizens of that State."
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