Most women's wage data in this section is from the 1863 book
Employments of women: a cyclopaedia of woman's work
by Virginia Penny. She collected data during 1859-1863 by visiting establishments in and around NYC, Mass. and eastern Penn. (more info),
but also provides some data for southern states.
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WAGES in the DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
WAGES in DELAWARE
WAGES in MISSOURI
WAGES in PENNSYLVANIA
WAGES in GREAT BRITAIN, 1860s
WAGES in AUSTRALIA, 1860s
WAGES in BELGIUM, 1860s
WAGES in FRANCE, 1860s
WAGES in IRELAND, 1860s
WAGES in SCOTLAND, 1860s
WAGES in SPAIN, 1860s
WAGES in SWEDEN, 1860s
Source: 15th Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Labor: A Compilation of wages in commercial countries from official sources, volume 1 and volume 2 (published 1900). All wage data is cited back to the original government source through report numbers; see the key to report numbers here.
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TRAVEL using ANIMAL-DRAWN VEHICLES
HOTEL RATES, 1860s
Hotel rates found advertised in newspapers and travel guides.
SHAVE and HAIRCUT PRICES
COAL PRICES, 1860s
"There are many portions of the [American] West
where at the present time (fall of 1866),
this cottage could be fully completed for $400 to $500."
Floor plans and additional detail in:
Woodward's cottages and farm houses,
published 1867, pp. 18-19.
District of Columbia
New Mexico Territory
This Texas dwelling was built in 1867 near Pilot Point. Photo taken in 1885.
Source: University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, Special Collections.
Prices in AUSTRALIA, 1860s
Prices in BELGIUM, 1860s
Prices in GREAT BRITAIN, 1860s
Prices in INDIA, 1860s
Prices in IRELAND, 1860s
Prices in ITALY, 1860s
Prices in SPAIN, 1860s
Prices in SWEDEN, 1860s
"75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation 1861-1935"
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis.