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Prices and Wages by Decade: 1840-1849

Links to government documents and primary sources listing retail prices for products and services, as well as wages for common occupations.

Wages in the United States, 1840-1849

 

WOMEN'S WAGES, 1840-1849

Wages reported at state and local levels, 1840-1849

WAGES reported at the STATE and LOCAL LEVEL, 1840s -- Multiple States

See tabs above for individual states

WAGES in CALIFORNIA, 1840s

WAGES in MISSOURI, 1840s

WAGES in NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1840s

International wages by country, 1840-1849

Economic analysis and calculators, 1840s

Prices in the United States, 1840-1849

FOOD PRICES in the eastern U.S., 1840s

Food prices in the MIDWEST, 1840s

Food prices in the WESTERN U.S., 1840s

PRICES for HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, 1840s

PRICES for CLOTHING and SEWING SUPPLIES, 1840s

PRICES for TOOLS and BUILDING MATERIALS, 1840s

BOARDING HOUSE RATES, 1840s

PRICES for SERVICES, 1840s

Barbershop and salon prices advertised in newspapers:

  • 1841 -- Haircut 25¢ and shave, 6¼¢ (source)
  • 1843 -- Haircut 12½¢; shaving 6¼¢
    (source indicates these are price reductions)
  • 1847 -- Ladies shampoo, cut and style, 50¢; and children's haircut 12½¢ (source)
  • 1848 -- Haircut 25¢ (source)

PRICES for TRANSPORTATION, 1840s

HOTEL RATES

Revere House, 1848The Revere House in Boston charged
$2 per day in 1848

COST of ATTENDING COLLEGE, 1840s

PRICES for BOOKS, 1840s

HEALTH PRICES by state, 1840s

HOUSING, 1840s

International prices by country, 1840-1849

PRICES in GREAT BRITAIN, 1840s

See tabs above for additional countries

TAXES

PRICES in IRELAND, 1840s

PRICES in ITALY, 1840s

PRICES in SWEDEN, 1840s

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