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A v e r a g e R e t a il P r ic e s
Collection and Calculation
Techniques and Problems




Presenting Average Retail Prices
for Selected Commodities and
Services (other than Food, Fuel,
and Rent) Included in the Con­
sumer Price Index, 1953 and
1954.

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Bulletin No. 1182
June 1955

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LA B O R
James R Mitchell, Secretary
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
Aryness Joy Wickens. Acting Commissioner




Average Retail Prices:
C O L L E C T I O N
T E C H N I Q U E S

A N D
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C A L C U L A T I O N
P R O B L E M S

P re se n tin g Average Retail Prices
for Selected C o m m o d itie s and
Services (other than Food, Fuel,
and R e n t)In c lu d e d in the C o n ­
sumer Price Index, 1953 and
1954.

Bulletin No. 1182
June 1955
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
James P. Mitchell, Secretary
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
Aryness Joy Wickens, Acting Commissioner

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B u reau i s m aking a v a i l a b l e i n t h i s r e p o r t , a s many o f i t s c u r r e n t r e t a i l p r i c e s t a t i s t i c s a s
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w as n o t p o s s i b l e t o p r o v i d e a v e r a g e p r i c e s f o r a l l o f t h e it e m s c o v e r e d u n d e r t h e C P I.
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d e t a i l e d d e s c r i p t i o n o f a n ite m #
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n e e d e d t o i d e n t i f y t h e it e m fr o m s t o r e t o s t o r e and fr o m on e p r i c i n g d a t e t o t h e n e x t#
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among a l l th e v a r i o u s it e m s o f f e r e d f o r s a l e , t h o s e t h a t h a v e t h e p r e d e t e r m in e d c h a r a c t e r i s ­
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s e t s f o r t h t h e p r i c i n g p r o c e d u r e s and t h e c o l l e c t i o n p r o c e s s d e t e r m in e s t h e q u a l i t y #
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s e l e c t i o n o f t h e sa m p le o f r e p o r t i n g s h o p s .
A t th e o t h e r e x tr e m e a r e a r t i c l e s s u c h a s b e d ­
room s u i t e s w h ere t a n g i b l e a s w e l l a s i n t a n g i b l e q u a l i t y f a c t o r s a r e p r e s e n t *
A s p e c ific a ­
t i o n f o r a b e d ro o m s u i t e must b e s p e c i f i c w it h r e g a r d t o c o m p o s i t i o n , s t y l e , t h e k in d o f e x ­
t e r i o r w o o d , t h e k in d o f s t r u c t u r a l p a r t s , a n d c o n s t r u c t i o n f e a t u r e s su ch a s j o i n t s an d f i n ­
i s h i n g , an d s i z e o f p i e c e s *
A s p e c i f i c a t i o n f o r a l i v i n g - r o o m s u i t e w o u ld h av e m ost o f t h e s e
same f a c t o r s d e t a i l e d a n d , i n a d d i t i o n , d e s c r i p t i o n s o f t h e c o v e r i n g , s t u f f i n g , c u s h i o n c o n ­
s t r u c t io n , e tc*
One o f th e l i m i t i n g f a c t o r s on t h e am ount o f d e t a i l i n c l u d e d i n t h e Bureau* s s p e c i f i c a ­
t i o n s s h o u ld b e m e n tio n e d h e r e *
W ith t h e h e lp o f t h e m a n u fa c t u r e r s i t w o u ld b e p o s s i b l e t o
s e t up t e c h n i c a l "e n g in e e r in g * * d e s c r i p t i o n s f o r many c o m m o d i t ie s .
H ow ev er, b e c a u s e t h e
s p e c i f i c a t i o n s a r e u s e d f o r p r i c e c o l l e c t i o n i n a l l k in d s o f r e p o r t i n g o u t l e t s , t h e B u rea u
h a s a t te m p te d t o e f f e c t a com p rom ise b e t w e e n t e c h n i c a l an d n o n t e c h n i c a l d e s c r i p t i o n s *
The
s p e c i f i c a t i o n s a r e e x p r e s s e d i n te r m s t h a t c a n b e r e c o g n i z e d b y t h e f i e l d a g e n t an d t h e r e ­
p o rte r*
T h e se i n c l u d e t h e com m only u s e d t e c h n i c a l te r m s an d s t a n d a r d s w hen t h e y a r e a p p r o ­
p r i a t e an d a v a i l a b l e *
S u ch d e t a i l e d d e s c r i p t i o n s h a v e o c c a s i o n a l l y g i v e n some u s e r s t h e e r r o n e o u s im p r e s s io n
t h a t t h e B u r e a u * s s p e c i f i c a t i o n s r e p r e s e n t s t a n d a r d s p r o v i d i n g a s p e c i f i e d amount o f s e r v i c e
o r s t a n d a r d s t h a t h a v e b e e n s c i e n t i f i c a l l y t e s t e d an d fo u n d s a t i s f a c t o r y .
The q u a l i t y l e v e l s
t h a t a r e r e p r e s e n t e d a r e t h o s e w h ich a r e im p o r t a n t i n t h e p u r c h a s e s o f w a g e -e a r n e r s a n d c l e r i ­
c a l w ork ers* f a m ilie s *
T h ese q u a l i t i e s a r e n o t w h a t f a m i l i e s m ig h t w ant t o b u y o r w h a t som e
g r o u p may t h in k s h o u ld b e b o u g h t , b u t a r e a sa m p le o f q u a l i t i e s a c t u a l l y b o u g h t b y a l a r g e
num ber o f f a m i l i e s i n s o f a r a s t h e B u reau i s a b l e t o d e t e r m in e *
R ange o f Q u a l i t y .

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o f s p e c ific a tio n s

i s t h e b r e a d t h o f th e q u a l i t y

r a n g e f o r w h ich p r i c e s a r e r e p o r t e d *
G ood s and s e r v i c e s c a n n o t b e d i v i d e d i n t o n e a t c o m p a r t­
m en ts , w it h e a c h com p a rtm en t r e p r e s e n t i n g a d i s t i n c t i v e q u a l i t y l e v e l *
In a q u a lit y s c a l e ,
d i f f e r e n t i a t i n g c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s a r e n o t c o n f i n e d t o on e p o i n t b u t a r e p r e s e n t o v e r a r a n g e .
The b u n d le o f c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s i n a l i m i t e d r a n g e t h a t r e p r e s e n t s a p p r o x im a t e ly t h e same q u a l ­
i t y a t th e r e t a i l l e v e l a r e in c lu d e d in th e s p e c i f i c a t i o n s *
The d e g r e e o f p r e c i s i o n t h a t c a n b e a t t a i n e d , v a r i e s c o n s i d e r a b l y fr o m on e it e m t o
a n o th e r.
One o f t h e m a jo r r e a s o n s f o r d i f f e r e n c e s i n p r e c i s i o n i s fo u n d i n t h e p r o d u c t i o n
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c o n s e q u e n t l y d i f f e r e n c e s i n t h e p r o d u c t among d i s t r i b u t o r s i s l i m i t e d *
F o r a fe w o t h e r g o o d s
a n d s e r v i c e s * t h e p r o g r e s s to w a r d q u a l i t y s t a n d a r d s an d q u a l i t y l a b e l i n g h a s r e d u c e d th e
am ount o f q u a l i t y v a r i a t i o n among t h e o f f e r i n g s t o co n s u m e rs *
In th e s e c a s e s * th e s p e c i f i c s *
t i o n s u s e d b y t h e B u reau h a v e a n a r ro w q u a l i t y r a n g e i m p l i e d o r s t a t e d e x p l i c i t l y *
F or a
l a r g e num ber o f it e m s * h ow ev er* t h e q u a l i t y d i f f e r e n c e s a r e a l m o s t a s g r e a t a s t h e num ber o f
p r o d u c e r s * a s e a c h p r o d u c e r a t t e m p t s t o m a in t a in o r e n l a r g e h i s s h a r e o f t h e co n s u m e r d o l l a r
b y o f f e r i n g a d i s t i n c t i v e p rod u ct*
F o r f u r n i t u r e * d r e s s e s * an d s i m i l a r it e m s f o r w h ic h t h e
number o f p r o d u c e r s i s g r e a t , t h e t a s k i n t h e d e v e lo p m e n t o f s p e c i f i c a t i o n s i s m a in ly t h a t o f
i d e n t i f y i n g t h e m a jo r p r i c e d e t e r m i n i n g f a c t o r s f o r e a c h a r t i c l e an d e s t a b l i s h i n g a l i m i t e d
ran ge f o r each *
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v a r i a t i o n u s u a l l y o c c u r s * and w h e re d i f f e r e n c e s i n p r i c e a r e u s u a l l y i m p e r c e p t i b l e a t t h e r e ­
t a i l l e v e l , a som ewhat g r e a t e r r a n g e i s e s t a b l i s h e d v . O th e r c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s o f an a r t i c l e o r
s e r v i c e a r e d e f i n e d a s o p t i o n a l f e a t u r e s f o r i d e n t i f i c a t i o n p u r p o s e s an d f o r c o n t in u o u s s t u d y
t o i n s u r e t h a t t h e y a r e i n c l u d e d a s p r i c e d e t e r m i n i n g f a c t o r s i f d e v e lo p m e n ts i n d i s t r i b u t i o n
w a rra n t i t *
D ev elop m en t o f Q u a lit y D e s c r i p t i o n s
The i s o l a t i o n an d i d e n t i f i c a t i o n o f a s p e c i f i c q u a l i t y l e v e l f o r e a c h it e m p u r c h a s e d b y
f a m i l i e s f o r w h ic h t h e C PI i s d e s ig n e d * c a n n o t b e an e x a c t p r o c e s s *
A l l f a m ilie s do n ot buy
t h e same q u a l i t y and t h e am ount o f q u a l i t y d e s c r i p t i o n t h a t c a n b e f u r n i s h e d b y f a m i l i e s f o r
th e g o o d s and s e r v i c e s t h e y p u rch a se i s u s u a ll y v e r y lim it e d *
The B u reau h a s d e t e r m in e d t h e q u a l i t y l e v e l s f o r p r i c i n g i n tw o s t a g e s *
The f i r s t s t a g e
i s t h e a s s e m b ly o f a l l d e s c r i p t i v e an d p r i c e i n f o r m a t i o n f o r e a c h i t e m f u r n i s h e d b y f a m i l i e s
in th e 1950 consum er e x p e n d itu r e s u r v e y .
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ch a ses in to b road c a t e g o r ie s :
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d r e s s e s * w o o l d r e s s e s * b le n d e d f i b e r d r e s s e s *
W it h in e a c h o f t h e s e b r o a d c l a s s e s * t h e p r i c e s
p a i d a r e a r r a y e d fr o m l o w t o h ig h t o d e t e r m in e t h e p o i n t o r p o i n t s i n t h e p r i c e s c a l e a t w h ich
th e
l a r g e s t num ber o f p u r c h a s e s a r e made*
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d e s c r i p t i o n s an d s e l e c t e d p r i c e l e v e l s t o a m ore p r e c i s e d e s c r i p t i v e q u a l i t y d e f i n i t i o n *
T h is
w as a c c o m p li s h e d t h r o u g h r e f e r e n c e t o t h e B u r e a u 's own p r i c i n g e x p e r i e n c e an d t h r o u g h e x t e n ­
s i v e c o n s u l t a t i o n w i t h p r o d u c e r s * r e t a i l b u y in g o r g a n i z a t i o n s * a n d t r a d e a n d p r o f e s s i o n a l
o r g a n i z a t i o n s who w o rk e d w i t h t h e B u reau i n t h e d e v e lo p m e n t o f d e t a i l e d d e s c r i p t i o n s o f t h e
g o o d s and s e r v i c e s t h a t w e re b e i n g s o l d a t th e s p e c i f i e d p r i c e l e v e l s *
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a b l e t o d e t e r m in e w h e th e r p r o p o s e d d e s c r i p t i o n s r e p r e s e n t e d q u a l i t i e s m ost com m on ly b o u g h t b y
c o n s u m e rs * w h e t h e r t h e q u a l i t y w as common e n o u g h t o p e r m it c o u n t r y w id e p r i c i n g * and w h e t h e r
t h e t e c h n i c a l d e t a i l s o f t h e s p e c i f i c a t i o n w e re a d e q u a te t o i d e n t i f y s p e c i f i c q u a l i t i e s fr o m
tim e t o tim e and fr o m p l a c e t o p l a c e .
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d e s c r i p t i o n f o r p r i c i n g p u r p o s e s i s i l l u s t r a t e d b e l o w f o r w om en 's s l i p s *
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an d p e t t i c o a t s p u r c h a s e d b y t h e sa m p le o f f a m i l i e s s u r v e y e d i n t h e con su m er e x p e n d i t u r e s u r ­
v e y t o t a l e d 12*901* i n 1 9 5 0 .
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l o n an d 8 *6 7 9 o f " o t h e r " k in d s *
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l a r p u b l i c a t i o n s b y t h e t r a d e sh ow ed t h a t r a y o n s l i p s w e re b y f a r t h e m ost im p o r t a n t t y p e i n
t h e "oth er** c a t e g o r y .
The B u reau h ad a t a i l o r e d r a y o n s l i p i n i t s p r i c i n g p r o g r a m a t t h a t
tim e .
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q u a l i t y r e p r e s e n t e d b y t h e 26 p e r c e n t c o n c e n t r a t i o n o f f a m i l y p u r c h a s e s i n t h e $ 2 . 5 0 t o $ 2 .9 9
l e v e l w as a l r e a d y i n c l u d e d i n t h e p r i c i n g l i s t .
T h is a s s u m p t io n w as c o n f ir m e d b y m a n u fa c tu r ­
e r s and r e t a i l e r s .
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o f n y lo n s l i p s an d p e t t i c o a t s w as e x p e c t e d t o b e i n t h e $1* t o $ 6 r a n g e .
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t h e s e it e m s i n 1 9 5 0 may h a v e b e e n du e t o p u r c h a s e s o f a s l i p w h i c h , i n some c a s e s , w as made
fr o m m a t e r i a l s t h a t h a d b e e n in t e n d e d f o r g ov ern m en t u s e ; e . g . , p a r a c h u t e n y l o n .
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s l i p t h a t w as p r i c e d f o r t h e r e v i s e d in d e x w as s e l l i n g f o r a b o u t $ 5 .9 5 i n 19 5 2 an d c u r r e n t l y
a b o u t $U*95*
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d a t a t o f o l l o w t h e p r o c e d u r e d e s c r i b e d a b o v e , t h e B ureau s e l e c t e d t h e a r t i c l e s o r s e r v i c e s
m ost com m only p u r c h a s e d .
T h is s e l e c t i o n w as made i n t h e l i g h t o f p a s t p r i c i n g e x p e r i e n c e and
t h e a d v i c e fr o m t r a d e a n d p r o f e s s i o n a l o r g a n i s a t i o n s .
I n m ost c a s e s , s u c h s e l e c t i o n s w e r e
t e s t e d b y e x p e r i m e n t a l p r i c i n g d u r in g t h e r e v i s i o n p r o g r a m .
S p e c i f i c a t i o n P r o b le m s i n P r a c t i c e
The r a n g e o f q u a l i t y i n e a c h s p e c i f i c a t i o n c o u l d b e n a r ro w e d c o n s i d e r a b l y i f i t w e re n o t
n e c e s s a r y t o o b t a i n p r i c e s t h r o u g h o u t t h e U n it e d S t a t e s .
H ow e v e r, t h e p r a c t i c a l a s p e c t s o f
p r i c i n g make i t n e c e s s a r y t o a d j u s t t h e i d e a l t o t h e f e a s i b l e .
T h is i s t r a n s l a t e d i n t o p r i c ­
in g p r a c t i c e i n v a r i o u s w a y s .
A l lo w i n g a r a n g e o f q u a l i t y i n e a c h s p e c i f i c a t i o n i s o n l y o n e
m e th o d .
The a d ju s tm e n t t h a t t h e B ureau h a s a d o p t e d i s a s y s t e m o f r e g u l a r a n d a l t e r n a t e s p e c i f i ­
c a tio n s .
A b a s ic d e s c r i p t i o n c a l l e d th e " r e g u la r " s p e c i f i c a t i o n i s p r ic e d th r o u g h o u t th e
U n it e d S t a t e s i f p o s s i b l e .
I f i t c a n b e p r i c e d i n some c i t i e s b u t n o t i n o t h e r s , a n " a l t e r ­
nate** d e s c r i p t i o n i s d e v e l o p e d , u s u a l l y i n t h e same g e n e r a l q u a l i t y r a n g e , b u t w i t h d i f f e r e n t
p h y s ic a l c h a r a c t e r is t ic s .
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q u a l i t y , s i s e , o r q u a n t i t y w h ic h may o r may n o t b e a s s o c i a t e d w i t h a p r i c e d i f f e r e n c e .
The
a l t e r n a t e s p e c i f i c a t i o n s a r e t h e n p r i c e d i n t h o s e c i t i e s w h ere t h e v o lu m e o f s a l e s t o m od er­
a t e in com e f a m i l i e s e x c e e d s t h e s a l e o f t h e r e g u l a r s p e c i f i c a t i o n t o w h ic h i t i s an a l t e r n a t e .
The a l t e r n a t e s t h u s r e p r e s e n t c i t y o r r e g i o n a l d e v i a t i o n s .
T h e re a r e a f e w c a s e s w h e r e s u c h a l t e r n a t e s s t i l l d o n o t a l l o w t h e n e c e s s a r y p r i c i n g

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For
t h e s e f e w c a s e s * a s e r i e s o f a l t e r n a t e s a r e p r o v i d e d * a n d t h e B u r e a u 's r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s a r e
i n s t r u c t e d t o p r i c e i n e a c h o u t l e t t h e o n e w h i c h i s s o l d i n v o lu m e i n t h a t o u t l e t .
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u sed f o r t h is s e r ie s o f a lte r n a te s is “ o u t le t 1 d e v ia tio n s .
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e x a m p le * t h e m a t e r i a l f r o m w h i c h t h e j a c k e t i s m a d e * t h e c o n s t r u c t i o n f e a t u r e s o f t h e j a c k e t ,
a n d o t h e r p h y s ic a l c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s v a r y c o n s id e r a b ly fr o m s t o r e t o s t o r e e v e n th o u g h m any
d i f f e r e n t k in d s o f j a c k e t s f a l l i n t o t h e sam e g e n e r a l q u a l i t y r a n g e a n d a p p r o x im a t e l y t h e
sam e r e t a i l p r i c e l e v e l s .
F o r th e s e ja c k e ts * th e B u re a u h as s e t up fo u r d if f e r e n t a lt e r n a t e s
— bom ber ty p e w it h r a y o n /a c e ta te s h e ll* s u re o a t ty p e w it h r a y o n /a c e ta te s h e ll* bom ber ty p e
w it h n y lo n b le n d s h e l l * an d s u r e o a t ty p e w i t h n y lo n b le n d s h e l l .
A n y one o f th e s e f o u r m ay
b e p r ic e d i n an in d iv id u a l s t o r e .
I n t h i s b u l l e t i n * p r ic e s a r e g iv e n f o r a r t i c l e s w it h r e g io n a l a n d c i t y d e v ia t io n s w it h
a p p r o p r ia te i d e n t i f i c a t i o n b y co d e num ber o r fo o tn o te * b u t th o s e p r ic e d u n d e r th e " o u t le t "
a l t e r n a t e s a r e e x c lu d e d .
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Q u a lity

Id e n tific a tio n

B e c a u s e o f t h e d i f f i c u l t i e s t h a t s u r r o u n d t h e d e v e lo p m e n t o f s p e c i f i c a t i o n s a n d t h e
p o s s i b i l i t y o f d i f f e r e n t i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s b y t h e B u r e a u 's f i e l d r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s a n d p r i c e i n ­
f o r m a n t s * t h e B u re a u p r o v id e s s u p p le m e n ta r y a i d s f o r q u a l i t y i d e n t i f i c a t i o n .
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a r t i c l e s in c lu d e d i n t h e p r i c i n g * t h e B u re a u p r o v id e s l i s t s o f m a n u fa c tu r e r s * b ra n d n am es*
m o d e l n u m b e rs * a n d o t h e r i d e n t i f y i n g in f o r m a t io n f o r th o s e a r t i c l e s t h a t m e e t t h e q u a l i t y
d e s c r ip tio n s .
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p r o v id e d t o in d i c a t e q u a l i t i e s t o b e p r ic e d .
S u c h s u p p le m e n ta r y a id s a r e e s p e c i a l l y im p o r t a n t f o r c o n s u m e r d u r a b le g o o d s * s in c e a n
e f f e c t i v e d e s c r i p t i o n o f t h e s e p r o d u c t s w o u ld r e q u i r e v i r t u a l l i s t i n g o f t h e p r o d u c t s e n g i ­
n e e r in g d e t a i l s .
C hanges in S p e c ific a tio n s
The c o n t i n u i n g w o rk o f c o l l e c t i n g
fic a tio n s

f r o m t im e t o

c o n s tr u c tio n

tim e * b e ca u se

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m ent o f p r i c e s f o r t h e in d e x m e a su r e m e n t.
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t h e y e a r 8 * p a r t i c u l a r l y d u r i n g t h e W o r ld W ar I I p e r i o d w h en t h e
f o r w age c o n t r o l .
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a v a i l a b l e on t h i s s u b j e c t in

th e

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th e k in d s e f c h a n g e s t h a t

o c c u r a n d how t h e y a r e

is

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d is c u s s e d o n ly b r i e f l y
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s ty le *

p a r tic u la r ly

in

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th e

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fr e q u e n tly

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p u rc h a se d c u s t o m a r ily w it h m ost

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n e w e r c o m m o d it ie s

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in

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a h e a te r ,

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cars.

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fr e q u e n tly

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cu rren t

o f a "b a s ic "

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sam e m a k e , v a r i e d

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fro m a p o t e n t i a l group

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pow er a s s i s t s

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an d a n o i l - b a t h

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t h e p o p u la r m akes p r i c e d

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t h a t w ere l i k e l y

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fo r c la s s ific a tio n

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c o lle c t io n ,

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p r ic e d

fo r

in

im ­

and s e c t i o n

o v e r m any t y p e s

i n d e x a n d t h u s made a s i g n i f i c a n t

n u m ber o f q u o t a t i o n s w a s i n c r e a s e d t o

a lis tin g

th e c l a s s

p r ic e

minim um num b er o f q u o t a t i o n s w a s a s s i g n e d t o

maximum a n d minim um num ber#

w as i m p o r t a n t
th e

a c c o rd a n c e w ith

no d iff e r e n c e

T h e n u m b er o f q u o t a t i o n s w a s i n c r e a s e d
s a m p le w e r e made t o

1 / See

b o th ty p e

e ith e r

nu m ber o f q u o t e s w e r e made i n

o f th e

or s e c tio n s #
tio n to

s iz e

average

W hen t h e r e w a s p r a c t i c a l l y

a lo n g a g r a d u a te d s c a le
s iz e

w as due t o

c o u ld n o t b e a s s ig n e d t o

and s e c t i o n #

w h ic h a c o m m o d ity f e l l #
th o se

( U ) t h o s e f o r w h ic h i t

f o r w h ic h t h e v a r i a t i o n

p r o v id e

c o n tr ib u ­

a r e lia b le

t h e C P I* b y p o p u l a t i o n

16
m easu re f o r
in d e x ,

fo u n d t h a t
w h ic h

th e

a r tic le *

r e p r e s e n ta tio n
is

On t h e

fo r th e

o th er hand,

cau se

s u c h a s m a l l n u m b er o f

c o s tly

to

le a s t

a r tic le s

r e p r e s e n t, c o u ld b e
r e t a i l d is tr ib u tio n

in

sto re s

a p p a r e l and h o u s e f u r n is h in g s

h o o d s h o p p in g c e n t e r s , a n d i n
on an in t e g r a t e d b a s i s
to

assu m e t h a t

o u tly in g

th e

areas*

in c r e a s e d u se

c o m p e te tiv e f a c t o r s

T he o t h e r f a c t o r

o f a u to m o b ile

som e i n d i c a t i o n
coverage

s t o r e s w ere p r ic e d
The t a b l e

in

of
5

b e lo w c o n t a i n s

th e

and

o p e ra te

is

k

ab ove, th a t

T h is f i n d i n g

ta k e n in t o

sto re s

in

a c c o u n t*

b o th th e

o p e ra te

a ll

in th e

c o n s id e r a tio n

sto re s*

It

is

c e n tr a l c it y

th e

w as
o f c ity ,

r e a s o n a b le

M any o f t h e

c e n tra l c it y ,

O r d i n a r ily th e b u y in g f o r

u n ifo r m f o r

in

it

s e c tio n
is

a ll

fa ir ly
a ls o

th a t

d is ta n c e s

p r o je c t p r e v io u s ly d e s c r ib e d

(se e

n e ig h b o r *

sto re s
sa fe

o p e ra te

have

p *1 3 ) y ie ld e d

is

d on e

th e re fo re
in

th e

1sh ru n k 1 w ith
1
'

tr a n s p o r ta tio n *

areas

o f a c ity

in th e

and t h e

c ity

u n w e ig h t e d a v e r a g e p r i c e s
am ong a r e a s

d iff e r e n c e s w ere r e l a t i v e l y
in

fro m th e

r e s u lts

o u tle t

f o r th e

fo r

c ity

th a t

s a m p le now u s e d

a n d s u b u r b a n a r e a c o m b in e d *

c e n t r a l sh o p p in g a r e a w as e n la r g e d a n d ,

n e ig h b o r h o o d a r e a s w i t h i n t h e

t h a t w e i g h t i n g b y v o lu m e o f s a l e s




groups 3

In p r a c t ic e ,

is

sto re s

t y p i c a l o f th e d i f f e r e n t i a l s
S in c e

in

recen t years

th a t

th is

w a s o f m in o r i m p o r t a n c e

o f d i f f e r e n c e s b e tw e e n a v e r a g e p r i c e s

and on e t h a t w o u ld c o v e r a l l
C h ic a g o , th e

in

is

a r tic le

f o r m o st ite m s *

su b u rb an s e c t i o n s *

and a d v e r t i s i n g

The e x p e r im e n t a l p r i c i n g
p r o v id e

in

th e

fe ll

ig n o r e d

w h en t h e t r e n d
s e llin g

If

im p o r ta n t w as e li m in a t e d *

lim its

and i n 5

7 c o m m o d it ie s

a p p r o x im a te ly 75

in

su b u rb an a r e a s *

and s e r v i c e s *

ite m s

in c lu d e d i n

s m a ll and p r o b a b ly n o t s i g n i f i c a n t ,
e a c h a r e a w o u ld m a t e r i a l l y r e v i s e

th e

In

a d d itio n ,

it

is

T h ese
th e

are

stu d y *

not lik e ly

r e la tio n s h ip s *

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AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES IN CHICAGO FOR SELECTED ARTICLES OF APPAREL, BY AREA SAMPLED,
SEPTEMBER 1950 TO FEBRUARY 1951
Item and a rea
sampled

Number o f
q u o ta tio n s

September

O ctober

1950
November

1951
December

January

February

MEN'S W
ORK TROUSERS, C otton v h ip c o r d
CPI sample ( * C, 1 N )— — — — — — — —
C e n tra l shopping a rea o n ly — — — — —
C e n tra l and n eighborhood — — — —
C e n t r a l, n eig h b orh ood , and suburban —

5
6
13
20

$ 3 .8 3
3 .6 5
3 -6 9
3 .7 2

$ 3 .8 3
3 .6 5
3 .7 8
3 .8 2

$ 3 .8 3
3 .6 5
3 .7 8
3 .7 5

$ 3 .8 3
3 .6 5
3 .7 8
3 .7 5

$ 3 .8 7
3 .6 5
3 .8 2
3 .8 1

$ 3 .9 9
3 .7 5
3 .8 6
3 .8 5

6
1*
23
33

.6 0
.5 8
.5 8
.5 7

.6 3
.6 0
.6 1
.5 9

.6 3
.6 1
.6 1
.5 9

.6 *
.6 1
.6 1
.5 9

.6 *
.6 2
.63
.6 1

.6 *
.6 2
.6 *
.6 1

6

* 0 .7 9
3 8.0 5
3 9 .7 2
4 3 .8 6

1*0.79
3 8.05
3 9 .7 2
1*3.86

1*0.79
3 8.0 5
3 9 .7 2
1*3*49

3 8 .8 0
3 6 .5 6
1*0.17
* 2 .8 3

* 3 .1 3
3 8.3 1
* 0 .2 8
* 2 .7 2

* 3 .8 8
3 9 .8 *
* 3 .0 *
* 5 .9 0

2 .5 3
2 .2 9
2 .2 7
2 .3 3

2 .3 6
2 .2 9
2 .2 7
2 .3 3

2 .3 6
2 .2 9
2 .2 9
2 .3 *

2 .3 6
2 .2 9
2 .2 9
2 .3 5

2 .3 6
2 .2 9
2 .2 9
2 .3 0

MEN'S UNDERSHIRT, C otton k n it
CPI sample (5 C, 1 N )-------------------------------C e n tra l shopping a rea o n ly — —
—
C e n tra l and n eighborhood — — —
—
C e n t r a l, n eig h b orh ood , and suburban —
WOMEN'S WOOL SUIT
CPI sample (5 C, 1 N)--------------------------------C e n tra l shopping a rea o n ly — — — —
C e n tra l and n eig h b orh ood -—
———
C e n t r a l, neigh b orh ood , and suburban — -

8
18

25

BOYS' SPORT SHIRT, C otton
CPI sample (5 C, 1 N)----- --------------------------C e n tra l shopping a rea o n ly — — — — — —
C e n tra l and n eighborhood —
—————
C e n tr a l, n eig h b orh ood , and suburban —

6

9
18
26

.* *
2 .3 *
2 .3 6
2

2 .*0

WOMEN'S NYLON HOSE, N a tio n a lly A d v e r tis e d
BRANDS
CPI sample ( * C, 1 N )-------------------------------C e n tra l shopping a rea o n ly — — — —
C en tra l and n eighborhood— — — — —
—
C e n tra l, n eig h b orh ood , and suburban — -

5
6

13
23

1 .7 2
1 .6 7
1 .6 2
1 .6 0

1 .7 7

1 -77

1 .7 7

1 .7 7

1 .7 7

1 .6 8

1 .6 8

1 .6 8

1 .6 8

1 .6 8

1 .6 3
1 .6 3

1 .6 3
1 .6 *

.6 *

1 .6 6

1 .6 6

1 .6 6

1 .6 7

1 .6 7

2 .8 7
2 .9 1
2 .9 1

1

BIRDSEYE DIAPERS
CPI sample (* C, 1 M)— — —
————
C e n tra l shopping a rea o n ly — — —
——
C e n tra l and n eighborhood — — — —
——
C e n tr a l, n eig h b orh ood , and suburban —

5
8

13
19

2 .6 7
2 .7 *
2 .6 9
2 .8 2

2 .6 9

2 .6 9

2 .6 9

2 .8 7

2 .8 0

2 .8 0

2 .8 0

2 .8 8

2 .7 7
2 .8 9

2 .7 8
2 .9 0

2 .7 8
2 .9 0

2 .8 3
2 .9 7

7 .9 5
7 .7 6

8 .0 8
7 .7 6
7 .9 2
7 .9 8

8 .0 8

8 .3 2
7 .7 6

3 .0 2

MEN'S W
ORK SHOES
CPI sample (3 C, 1 N)--------------------------------C e n tra l shopping a rea o n ly — — — —
—
C e n tra l and n eighborhood— — —
——
C e n t r a l, n eig h b orh ood , and suburban —

C • C e n tra l; N ■ N eighborhood




*
8

17
30

7 .7 0
7.61*
7 .7 *
7 .7 8

7 .8 0

7 .8 3

7 .7 6
7 .9 8
8 .0 5

8 .2 2

8 .3 2
7 .7 6
8 .2 5

8 .3 3

8 .*0

18

Transportation
This group of items, like that for household operation, required a number of outlet sam
­
ples.

Prices for gasoline and motor o il are obtained from a sample of k or 5 fillin g stations
in each city* The selection was m to assure representation of the popular brands.
ade-

Tw major manufacturer’s brands of tires are priced in accessory stores, and factory
o
ow
ned outlets if available in the city, distributor1 brands are also priced in one retail
s
outlet and one service station.
Auto repairs prices are obtained from one authorised dealer for each m of car in each
ake
city and from one nondealer auto repair shop in each city.
For public transport at ion, the Bureau obtains the fares for each kind of service from the
transit companies. Coverage of companies is practically 100 percent in a ll cities. W m
hen ore
than one company operates in a city, the fares are weighted together by the volume for each
company.
Medical Care
In each city, prices for medicines and drugs are collected in a sample of drug stores,
selected to represent the types of store (e.g. chain and independent) important in each city
in proportion to sales volume insofar as it can be determined. Both central and neighborhood
areas are covered.
In most cities, prices for hospital care are reported by a ll the general hospitals where
paying patients are in the majority. In a few of the large cities, the sample size has been
limited to the five largest hospitals. The samples exclude luxury type hospitals, those that
have only special cases (e.g. spastics) and those which handle a majority of charity patients.
The doctors, surgeons, and dentists w report fees for medical services were selected
ho
with the assistance ox the local medical and dental associations. In the 10 large cities for
which average prices are provided in this report, the reporting m bers of the medical pro­
em
fession are usually located in those sections of each city in which moderate income families
live. The samples exclude physicians and dentists who charge exceptionally high fees, those
w practice only part time or treat only a few of the cases being priced, as well as those
ho
whose very high or very low fees indicate that the degree of service rendered m vary from
ay
that given by the average professional reporter.
For eye examination and glasses, local associations also assisted in the selection of
samples of optometrists.
Personal Care
A ll toiletries and cosmetics are priced in the sam sample of drug stores as medicines
e
and drugs, except for soaps and cleansing tissues. Prices for these two articles are obtained
in the grocery store sample regularly reporting food prices.
The degree of unionisation am barber shops in each city was the major factor determine
ong
ing the size and distribution of the pricing- sample. If 75 percent or m of the shops in a
ore
city were unionized, a sample of union shops was selected consisting of 1 central and 1
neighborhood shop. If less than 75 percent were unionized, the sample was distributed propor­
tionately am union and nonunion shops as they existed in the city. In this case usually
ong
one central shop was included with the remainder in neighborhood areas. Shops with fewer
than three chairs and those located in hotels and office buildings were excluded.
The sample of beauty shops was designed to represent both central and neighborhood areas
^ell
type of outlet, eucTf
beauty parlors in department stores if t,bey ere important




19

in a city.
cluded.

Shops with fewer than three full-time operators and luxury-type shops were ex­

Reading and Recreation
Prices for television sets and radios are reported by a sample of department, furniture,
and appliance stores selected as described for apparel and housefurnishings. For these com
­
modities as for other electrical equipment, discounts available to a ll customers are reflected
in the prices. The store sample, however, does not contain representation of "discount house1
1
selling.
The sample of motion picture theaters was selected according to the importance of central
and neighborhood houses, fee number oi tfieaters sampled in the 10 large cities included in
this report range from 8 in Atlanta to 12 in New York, and were usually selected in the ratio
of 1 central to 3 neighborhood. Theaters with special characteristics were excluded* e.g.
cinerama, foreign film houses, and those regularly having vaudeville acts 6t feature bands.
A ll of the newspapers commonly bought by families covered by the index are priced.
the 10 large cities, these are a ll local papers.

In

Other Goods and Services
Cigarettes by the carton are priced in a subsample of the grocery stores reporting food
prices! Prices for cigarettes by the pack and cigars are obtained in a sample of drug stores
and tobacco stores selected to representT various ' sections of the city.
PRICE COLLECTION PROCEDURE
Quality identification, which presents the most difficult problem in the collection of
retail prices, is emphasized by the Bureau through its actual collection procedure. Prices
for practically a ll of the articles and services included in the CPI are obtained by personal
v isit of specially trained field personnel. Wherever possible, agents inspect the merchandise
for which prices are reported to minimize possible errors in the application of specifications*
Each m ber of the Bureau's field staff is required to take a training course and to
em
work under supervision of a more experienced m ber before perforating independent field work.
em
Equipment for carrying out assignments include detailed instruction and reference manuals, as
well as swatches, illustrations, and similar guides. At intervals, conferences of the entire
field staff are held to discuss pricing problems and their solutions.
Price data are obtained directly from the retail store, service establishment, pro­
fessional people and others who se ll or provide the commodities and services priced. In a
large department store, for example, the agent receives authorization from the manager, presi­
dent, or other official, then visits the appropriate departments within the store to talk with
the department head, examine the stock, and obtain the price quotations.
There are only a few exceptions to the above procedure. One exception relates to a few
large retail organizations that operate stores in m cities. If these organizations con­
any
trol the quality of the commodities sold throughout the country and set the price at which
the goods are sold, the Bureau's agent obtains information for a ll cities through the compa­
ny's central office. For firms that have a "uniform price," i.e. a specified quality sells
for the sam price in a ll stores, one price schedule is obtained. W prices are not uni­
e
hen
form, the price variations applicable to the cities surveyed by the Bureau are reported. A
second exception concerns commodities distributed through manufacturers' retail outlets. In
this case, reporting is initiated by personal v isit to ensure that prices are for the speci­
fied qualities. Subsequent price reports are obtained by mail questionnaire with periodic
checking by personal v isit.




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In a few cases where quality identification is relatively simple, such as railroad fares,
automobile insurance, and similar items, prices are obtained through a specially designed
shuttle-type mail questionnaire, from printed manuals issued by organizations that have
assembled the required data, or from organizations that have collected rates and prices for
the administration of their ow program.
n
RULES GOVERNING THE COLLECTION PROCESS
The primary use by the Bureau of retail price data— that is, the measurement of time to
time changes in prices— underlies the rules governing the actual collection of individual
quotations. However, because the major principle in the pricing is to obtain prices for the
sam quality insofar as possible, supplementary rules for collection help m
e
ake the quotations
appropriate for the measurement of price level.
This section describes the rules by which the Bureau’s representative is guided in se­
lecting an individual article or service for pricing and the circumstances which the Bureau
has set up as acceptable pricing conditions within a store or service establishment •
In itia l Selection of an Item for Pricing
There are four basic criteria which must be m before a specification is priced for the
et
first time in a city or an outlet.
1. The item selected must meet the specification. Hie field representative first
attempts to price the "regular” specification. If this is not possible, an "alter­
nate” is priced on a city wide basis. This alternate m be on© which as been pre­
ay
determined by the Bureau or i f prices cannot be obtained otherwise, it m r be devel­
oped from a description which the agent provides of what is sold in thB cx.y.
2. The item must be regular, up-to-date merchandise in good condition, thus avoiding
price reports for out-of-date models, seconds and irregulars, remnants, joblots,
close-outs, and items put on forced sales such as liquidation, fire, and flood sales.
The limitation to regular stock also rules out fads and high style items. To this
extent, the articles for which prices are reported are those that are the relatively
staple articles in retailers’ stocks.
3. The item must be available in saleable quantity. The application of this criterion
assures that prices are reported for merchandise that is in stock in the customary
assortment of colors, models, patterns, styles, sizes, etc., rather than on incom­
plete assortments that limit availability to relatively few families.
U The item must be the volume seller. This requirement is the final step in sampling
o
in the Bureau’s attempt to maximize the coverage of purchases m by index families.
ade
Ordinarily any one store or service establishment w ill have m than one item which
ore
meets the specification. Hie Bureau’s representative in consultation with the re­
tailer identifies the one which is most popular currently and is expected to retain
popularity over an extended period. W there are several products which are about
hen
equal in volume, the agent prices one which w ill result in representation in the city
of the products of various manufacturers.
Subsequent Pricing
The article or service that is selected according to these criteria is priced as long as
it is available and acceptable for pricing. If there is a temporary absence for one collec­
tion date because stock has not been delivered or for som other reason, but it is expected
e
to be in stock by the next pricing, the Bureau accepts the last regular price in effect since
the l£th of the preceding month.




21

W the item is no longer available or acceptable for pricing* a "substitution" is
hen
m
ade* either within the outlet or in another outlet selling the specified quality* A substi­
tution within an outlet normally involves only changeover from the brand formerly priced to
another brand which also meets the specification# The new brand may be one which replaced
the former brand in the outlet or it m be one which had been offered but had not been the
ay
volume seller# W it is necessary to price in another outlet* the criteria governing the
hen
in itia l selection of an item then apply#
In som cases* where there has been a gradual change in the goods and services being
e
offered in a city* the pricing m be shifted from a "regular" to an "alternate" specifica­
ay
tion# During the pricing period in which such a changeover is made* prices are secured for
both specifications*
Prices Reported
As a general rule* a ll prices reported are the regular prices in effect on the day the
outlet is visited by the Bureau1 representative (or for the 15th of the month in the case
s
of mail collection)# However* if the item being priced is on sale* a determination is m
ade
as to the duration of the sale# The sales price* rather than the regular price* is reported
i f the item has been or is expected to be on sale for 2 weeks* provided the merchandise is
available in usual assortme nts and is in good condition# Sales of shorter duration have not
been considered as an acceptable condition because m families cannot v isit specific stores
any
to take advantage of short-time price reductions# With this one exception* the prices re­
ported are the actual selling prices as marked or as reported by the outlet# Discounts and
premiums are taken into account i f they are applicable to a ll customers* but are not taken
into account i f they are the result of a special agreement between the seller and the individ­
ual buyer#
Prices reported are usually cash prices# In a few cases* credit stores typically quote
credit prices to customers and give a discount for cash# The price reported to the Bureau is
the credit price* which is converted to a cash price by deducting the cash discount#
For soaps and similar articles that are typically sold in quantities of more than one*
the multiple unit price is reported to the Bureau# Where m than one multiple price is
ore
offered by the retailer* the lowest multiple price for 6 or less units is reported* e#g#* if
a retailer reports prices of 2 for 27 cents or 8 for $1 for a specific item* the price re­
ported to the Bureau is 2 for 27 cents*
PROCEDURE USED FOR AVERAGING QUOTATIONS FOR PUBLICATION
The average prices included in the tables 1-7 are simple averages of the quoted prices
in each pricing period# Minor adjustments to this general rule are noted below#
Theoretically* it might be desirable to compute an average which is weighted by volume
of purchases of index families in each type of outlet or by volume of retail sales by type of
outlet* Weighting by type of outlet is now being conducted on an experimental basis from
information obtained in the 1950 study of consumer purchases# These first tests do not indi­
cate major differences between the weighted and unweighted averages— at least not enough to
justify the additional work required# The basic data needed to weight by volume of sales by
type of outlet are incomplete# Retail sales information available in the Census of Retail
Trade relates to groups of commodities rather than to individual items and data for various
types of service establishments are not available#
The question of weighting in averaging retail prices warrants additional study* It
introduces a fairly minor limitation on the use of the present averages as completely repre­
sentative of the price level in a city* The experimental pricing project conducted in Chicago
revealed relatively small differences between unweighted prices computed from the Bureau's
sample and an extensive one covering the city* Weighting might widen these differences
somewhat but the differences would probably s t ill be within the sampling errors. See table




22

on p* 17). (Note: This weighting limitation does not apply to the food prices published by
the Bureau* For food, an average for each type of store is obtained using sales volume
weights, e.g. chain store prices are weighted together with information obtained from the in­
dividual companies and the sample of independent stores is drawn to be self weighting* The
averages for the types are then weighted together with sales volume by type of store to pro­
duce an average price for the city for each item*)18/
Som differences in price change are shown by the averages included in this bulletin and
e
those used for the calculation of the CPI* For the index, the emphasis is on the comparabil­
ity of quotations in each store from one period to the next* This requirement is adhered to
so that differentials in price due to quality differences are not reflected in the index as a
price change* Although the majority of quotations are for items conforming to specifications,
when necessary, the Bureau specifically authorizes the pricing of articles that deviate some­
what from the specification, so long as the prices in successive periods are for the sam
e
quality* A ll such deviations were deleted before computing the average prices included in
this report* Every effort was m to use only quotations for goods and services falling with­
ade
in the range of quality described in each specification* In the measurement of price change,
however, quotations for somewhat different qualities can be included so long as they refer to
the sam quality from one period to the next*
e
As previously stated, there were relatively minor adjustments to the general rule of
averaging a ll quotations reported for a specific period* Adjustments to the quoted prices
were as follows:
1* Prices quoted for varying quantities of an item were converted to a com on unit, e*g*
m
cosmetics to a "per oz." basis* Although most of the quotations obtained for such
items as toothpaste, face cream, etc* are for "regular” sizes, the content of the
regular size varies from brand to brand*
2* "Extras" of various kinds were included or excluded as necessary so that the average
for a city would be based on prices for the same components in a ll stores* This type
of adjustment was m in only a few cases, most of them for furniture, to adjust for
ade
varying numbers of pieces* These adjustments were m only w the Bureau had
ade
hen
specific information on the value of the "extras"; for example, if a vanity bench is
included with a bedroom suite in one store, the Bureau representatives obtained the
value of the bench. The price for the bedroom suite was then reduced by the report­
ed value of the bench in that store.
3* Som quotations were eliminated because information elsewhere on the schedule or in­
e
formation from manufacturers themselves indicated that the article on which the price
was quoted was not the quality defined in the specification or did not conform to a
specific deviation from the specification that was allowed for a particular city*
U* If a price was not reported by one store for one period and the quotation after the
missing date was the same as the previous quotation, it was assumed that there was
no change in price in that store*
5*

If a price was missing from one store for a period and the quotation after the miss­
ing date showed that a change in price had occurred in the interim, it was assumed
that prices in that store had followed the sane course of prices as reported for a ll
other stores in the city*

18/ For a description of the method of averaging food prices see Store Samples for Re­
ta il Food Prices, January 19hl, Monthly Labor Review, (p. 90).




23

TREATMENT O TAXES
F
The CPI includes measures of changes in two types of taxes: (l) those attached to the
ownership and use of goods, such as automobile registration and use taxes, inspection fees,
taxes on real estate, etc*, and (2) those paid by consumers to obtain goods and services, in­
cluding retail sales taxes, retail excise taxes, and manufacturers1 and processors1 taxes that
are passed on to the consumer as part of the price*
The taxes that are applicable to the ownership and use of goods are treated as separate
items in the collection process* They are obtained usually by mail questionnaire from State
and local agencies concerned with the levying and collection of taxes or from tax manuals con**
taining the necessary tax information*
The taxes that are applicable to the purchase of goods and services are handled by special
collection techniques* No effort is m to isolate taxes levied prior to the retail sale
ade
such as custom duties or manufacturers' excise taxes that are passed on to the retailer and
then to the consumer* It is assumed that these are reflected in the retail price*
For those goods and services subject to retail sales taxes and a ll other taxes levied at
the retail level, prices are reported excluding taxes insofar as possible* The amount and
percent of tax applicable to each item is reported separately by the Bureau's representative*
In som cases, however, the tax structure is so complicated or the tax applies only to a part
e
of the total price that the accuracy of the reporting is maintained by obtaining from the sell­
er, prices including tax and identifying the taxes that are part of the price*
In general, taxes levied on the retail price have not been added to the averages publisher
in this report* In the relatively few cases where prices are quoted including a ll taxes and
the amount of the tax could not be deducted, the inclusion of taxes is indicated by footnote*
Users can approximate prices including taxes for other commodities by using the sales tax
rates for each city shown in appendix D*
TABLES
Average retail prices in 10 large cities for the selected lis t of items are presented in
tables 1 to 7* The articles and services have been arranged according to the major groups and
subgroups of the CPI* A ll prices are exclusive of sales taxes and other local taxes assessed
at the retail level unless specifically indicated*
For som commodities or services, prices for specific cities have not been included and
e
the omissions have been explained briefly in footnotes* Such omissions do not m that the
ean
Bureau does not have data, but only that certain quality deviations from the specified article
were necessary to measure price change* These deviations would have m an average of a ll
ade
stores somewhat meaningless* In a few cases som doubtful conversions would have been neces­
e
sary to put a ll quotations on a com on basis* "W
m
here such questions arose, it was decided to
omit the data from this report*
Changes in samples of stores necessitated by continuous pricing have also been indicated
by footnote when the change resulted in a different price level* For the periods during which
these sample changes were made, comparable prices for stores in both the old and new samples
have been indicated in footnotes* For example, if a particular article of apparel had been
priced in six stores in March 19$k and one store discontinued the article after that date, the
agent initiated pricing in a substitute store* The footnote contains the averages of the five
stores reporting in both March and June 1?5U»
A brief description for each item is given in the table stub* For som items, prices are
e
shown for the regular specifications in som cities and for alternate specifications in the
e
remaining cities. The complete descriptions for both the regular and the alternate specifica­
tions are given in appendix C*




2
h
T a b le

1

-

H O U S IN G :

A verage
in

10

R e ta il
C it ie s ,

A

Item and city

P r ic e s

o f

D ecem ber

S e le c te d
1952

Dec.

H-10U
H-10U
H-lOli
H-lOb
H-101,
H-10U
H-lOb
H-10U
H-I0i*
H-lOii

H-108
H-107
H-108
H-106
H-108
H-108
H-106
H-106
H-108
H-106

C o ir a n o d itie s

D ecem ber

and

19$U ,

S e rv ic e s,

Q u a r te r ly

HOME REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE

1952

Spec.
No.

to

1953

195b

March

June

Sept*

Dec.

March

( i/)
* 5785
6.05
5.63
5.76
5.75
5.82
5.7b
5.70
5.90

* 5.73
5.85
6.05
5.63
5.76
5.75
5.92
5.72
5.72
5.92

* 5.73
5.85
6.05
5.61*
5.76
5.63
5.92
5.71
5.72
5.97

* 5.73
5.85
5.82
5.6b
5.90
5.82
5.92
5.71
5-72
5.97

t 6.06
5.95
6.29
5.76
5.93
5.97
6.01
5.78
5.96
6.17

(1 /)
5717
3.86
( 3A

5.18
5.17
3.86
{ 3A
m

5.03
5.17
2/3.81
~ 5.78

5n*9
5.6U
3.20
U.68

d
5.6b
3.10
b.68

U.81
5.17
3.86
{ 3A
m
372k
U.99
5.91*
3.10
U.68

June

Sept.

Dec.

* 6.06
5.95
6.30
5.91
5.93
5.97
6.00
5.86
5.96
6.17

t 6.06
5.95
6.30
5.79
5.93
5.97
5.90
5.87
5.96
6.17

* 6.06
5.87
6.30
5.79
5.93
5.97
5.90
5.87
5.96
6.17

# 6.06
5.87
6.30
5.79
5.93
5.9b
5.92
5.87
5.96
6.17

^707
2A .73
* 5 .9 8
3.13
b.23

b.83
5.17
3.81
5.78
b.b9
3.18
b.73
5.98
2/3.52
* 3.86

b.91
5.17
3.81
5.28
b.b9
3.13
b.23
5.98
3.52
b/3.20

b.91
5.17
3.81
5.28
b.60
3.b8
b.23
5.98
3.52
b/3.20

b.91
5.17
b.18
5.b6
b.60
3.03
b.08
5.98
3.b8
b/3.05

b.93
5.08
b .ie
S.b6
b.60
3.03
b.08
5.98
3.b8
b/3.05

lb2.79
1U5.9S
156.33
175.U9
168.08
7/127.93
‘ 192.37
156.21
1U3.83
lb2.5b

lb l.9 2
JA50.80
‘ 156.33
175.66
2A70.16
7/127.93
“ 192.37
I5b.23
1UU.5U
1U2.70

lbO.63
I5b.36
159.02
176.51
167.36
7/127.31
* 192.37
155.66
2AU8.31
“ 1U2.98

EXTERIO H U E PAINT,
R OS
nationally advertised
brands, per gallon
Atlanta—— —— - — Baltimore------------------Chicago-——- —--------Cincinnati-—— --------Detroit---------------------Los Angeles™ -------—
N York--------------------ew
Philadelphia--------------St. Louis-— ------ — San Francisco----------- PAINT B SH pure hog b ristle
RU ,
(H-106), mixed b ristle
(H-107), or nylon b ristle
(H-108)
Baltimore-—----------- —
Chicago------ —-------- —
Cincinnati---------------- D etroit----------------- Los Angeles-—— ------N York--------------------ew
Philadelphia----------- —
St. Louis—- ——-------San Francisco—------- —
H T W T R HEATER, gas, 30
O AE
gallon, installed 5 /
Atlanta — ----- ———
Baltimore-—-------- ——
Chicago-—
Cincinnati------------- —
D etroit-------------------- Los Angeles——— —
N York--------------------ew
Philadelphia-------------St. Louis———----- —
San Francisco————-

H-130
H-130
H-130
H-130
H-130
H-130
H-130
H-130
H-130
H-130

156.33
171.3b
167.28
7/l21.3b
~ 187 Ji9
153.6b
(3/0
138.78

133.U8
1U5.11
156.33
171.3b
166.5b
7^L21.9b
“ 188.70
159.29
1U3.83
139.60

13l».07
H i5 .ll
156.33
173.00
167.0U
r/l2U.l5
' 191.12
158.U8
11*3*83
11*2.19

139.77
139.77
lb0.61
151.90
151.90
151.90
157.33
158.35
157.33
170.09
168.13
168.6b
158.08 6/166.62 6/165.32
7A2b.32 7A25.bb 7A26.29
“ 190.66 “ 191.86 “ 191.86
153.8b
Ib7.b5
Ib7.b5
lb7»23
1U7.23
lbS.95
lb l.1 8
lbO.77
lb l.5 2

F U E for kitchen sink,
ACT
in stalled, wall mount
(H -lltb.l) or deck type
(H -lli$.l) 5 / 8 /
Atlanta----- ------------—
Baltimore— ----------- —
Chicago---------------------Cincinnati------ -------- D etroit----- ——------- - Los Angeles---------------N York-------------------ew
Philadelphia-—---------St. Louis-—--------------San Francisco----------- -

See footnotes on page 33




H-lUU.l
H-lUU.l
H-1U5.1
H -llili.l
H-lUL.l
H -lU i.l
H-UiU.l
H-lUU.l
H-lUU.l
H-lLU.l

-- —
—
—
—
—
-- ——

—

—
—
—
—-—
—
—

——
—
——-—
—

...
—
23.63
—
16.90
—
——
-—

17.87

23.63
—
16.90
...
18.12
—
...

23.86
18.29
16.91
19.20
18.12
17.82
...
19.59

—

17.87
19.28
23.88
18.72
16.91
18.99
18.18
17.82
...
19.59

18.27
19.28
23.88
18.72
17.23
19.b2
17.b2
17.82
lb . 22
19.69

18.27
19.58
23.88
18.72
17.23
19 .b2
17.U2
19.U8
lb . 22
19-79

25
T a b le 1 - HOUSING:
in 10 C i t i e s ,

A v e ra g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d itie s and S e r v i c e s
D ecem ber 1952 t o D ecem ber l ? 5 U , Q u a r t e r l y - C o n tin u e d
l.
'

Item and city

Spec.
No.

15
92
Dec.

. HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

March

15
93
June
Sept.

Dec.

March

* 0.98 * 0.98
1.06
1.06
.9 *
1
.9 *
1
1.01
1.01
1.10
1.12
.97
.97
1.01
1.00
1.01
1.09
1.01
1.02
.90
.92

* 0.98
1.05
•1
9*
1.01
1.13
.97
1.03
1.01
1.02
•1
9*

* l.oo
1.06
.9 *
1
l.Qt*
1.13
.92
1.03
1.01
1.02
.88

15
9b
Sept.
June

Dec.

B T T W L 22" x 11"
A H O E,
**
Atlanta------- -------Baltimore--—------—Chicago------------ -—
Cincinnati-----------Detroit-------------- Los Angeles™------- H wYork---------- -—
e
Philadelphia---------St. Louis------------San Francisco-—------

H *0
-1 0
H 00
-U
H-i*00
H *0
-1 0
H 00
-U
H O
-liO
HO
-^ O
H O
-itO
HO
-U O
H O
-iiO

%0.98
1.05
1.09
1.08
1.06
1.03
1.09
1.00
.9 *
1

1.03
1.05
1.09
1.10
.97
1.00
1.09
1.00
.88

1 0.98
1.06
.9 *
1
11
.0 *
1.13
.91
1.03
1.01
.96
.90

* 0.98
1.03
.91
.99
1.06
.92
1.03
1.01
1.01
.93

$ 0.98

21
.1 *
2.26
1.97
11
.7 *
9/2.08
“ 2.15
2.25
2.18
2.01
2.30

1.03
.91
1.00
1.06
.92
1.00
1.01
1.01
.90

SHEET, muslin, type 128,
8l"x99" (H-U10) or
8l"xl08" (H-lill)
Atlanta—------------Baltimore—---------- Chicago---------- — —
Cincinnati—--------- Detroit-— —------—Los Angeles---------- H wYork-------------e
Philadelphia-----— —
St. Louis------------San Francisco---------

H-i*10
H 10
-U
H-lilO
H 10
-U
H-lilO
H-4*ll
H-i*10
H-UlO
H-iilO
H-Ull

(iA

7.63
2.39
2.16
2.37
2.56
2.U2
21
.5 *
2.3b
2.58

(3/)
7 *2
.1
2.36
2.01
2.35
2.53
2.b7
2.52
2.3b
2.59

2.36
2.55
2.3b
1.92
2.28
2.36
2.b0
2.3b
2.16
2.52

2.27
2 *7
.1
2.25
1.92
2.12
2 *0
.1
2.35
2.32
2.15
2.56

2.27
2 *2
.1
2.22
1.98
21
.1 *
2.37
2.35
2.32
2.15
2.59

2.07
2.22
2.07
11
.8 *
2.06
2.27
2.19
2.08
1.95
2.36

2.1b
1.95
2.18
2.15
2.Oi
t
1.97
1.69
1.6b
1.83 9/2.08
2.Q5 “ 2.15
2.11
2.13
2.10
2.18
1.82
1.86
2.30
2.23

H-l*20
H-U20
H-l*20
H-l*20
H 20
-U
H-l*20
H-ii20
H-l*20
H 20
-U
H-l*20

(i/)
5.96
6.19
5.77
5.96
6.28
61
.2 *
6.36
(3/)
7.05

6.67
6.95
6.19
5.57
5.96
6.28
6.2b
6.36
(3/)
7.05

6 *7
.1
6.95
6.19
5.57
5.96
6.28
61
.2 *
6 *6
.1
(3/)
5.53

6 *7
.1
6.96
6.19
5.57
6.16
6.38
61
.2 *
6.56
(3/)
5.51*

6 *7
.1
6.95
6.19
5.57
6.16
6.28
61
.2 *
6.56
6.55
61
.9 *

6.26
6.76
5.9 *
1
5.58
6.16
6.12
6.10
6.36
6.35
61
.7 *

6.16
6.76
51
.9 *
5.58
6.16
6.12
6.10
6.36
6.35
61
.7 *

1U.71
13.96
lit.69
lit.2
1
15.U6
ll*.9l*
15.38
llt.96
1 *.0
1 8
15.15

B
©
f s
<W)
(W )
(W )
© /)

<!>’
f? ,

(W )
(W>
©0

lii.72
lU.5
6
1U.69
lit.1
9
15.21
H*.9l*
ll*.8l
1U.95
Hi. 08
Uul*9

2.31
2.b2
2.3b
2.1b
2.30
3.39
2.23
2.75
2.98
2.50

21
.1 *
2.38
21
.3 *
2.22
2.30
3.16
2.18
2.75
2.98
2.52

21
.1 *
2 *0
.1
2.51
2.22
2.30
3.16
2.18
2.75
2.78
2.52

2.1b
2.bS
2.50
2.22
2.30
3.16
2.29
2.78
2.78
2.52

B SPREA , cotton Jacquard,
ED
D
85*xl05n
Atlanta--------------Baltimore—— ------—
Chicago-------- ------ Cincinnati——-------Detroit-— -——----—
Los Angeles—— ——N wYork--------------e
Philadelphia---------St. Louis------- — --San Francisco-—------

6.16
6.76
5.9b
5.58
6.07
6.12
6.10
6.36
6.35
6.7b

6.16
6.76
51
.9 *
5.57
6.27
6.39
6.10
6.36
5.95
61
.7 *

(W )
(W )
(W )
(W )

15.22
13.96
lb .19
lb.21
lb.96
15.3b
lb.36
15.76
13.82
15.05

15.22
llt.75
llul9
ll*.21
lit.16
*
1 .3 *
51
13.76
15.76
13.82
15.05

2.1b
2.b5
2.50
2.22
2.27
3.16
2.29
2.78
2.78
2
«bb

2.1b
2.b5
2.26
2.22
2.27
3.16
2.29
2.78
2.78
2.60

21
.1 *
2 *3
.1
2.26
2.26
2.22
3.16
2.32
2.78
2.78
2.60

BLA KET wool, 72*x90"
N ,
Atlanta------—-----Baltimore-----------Chicago-----— ------Cincinnati---------- Detroit-------------Los Angeles---------N wYork------------e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis-----------San Francisco—------

H 30
-U
H-l*30
H-i*30
H-l*30
H-U30
H-U30
H-i*30
H-U30
H 30
-U
H-l*30

(10/)Uw69
1U.72
Hull*
1* 1
1.2 *

U .

0.57
1U
-3U

(W ;
(W )
(W )
(W )
<W)
(W )
( is )

H-UiO
(1/)
HU
-U O
7 *2
.1
H-liiiO
2.26
H-liliO
2.37
H *l*0
-4
2.22
H-l*Ul 11/2.25
H-iiliO
2.22
H **
-4J1
2.77
2.98
H-l*l*l
H U
-U O
2 *5
.1

2 *1
.1
2.37
2.27
2.22
2.27
31
.6 *
2.23
2.77
2.98
2 *5
.1

on

i f
(W )
(W )
(W )

(V /
S)

T B E L T , $2"x52" or 5 *" x
ALCOH
1
Si*", cotton (H-i*i*0) or
cotton and rayon (H-i*l*l)
Atlanta-----------—
Baltimore—---------Chicago------------- Cineinnati-— — ——
Detroit----------- —
Los Angeles-——----N wYork----—------e
Philadelphia------- —
St. Louis-----------San Francisco-------See footnotes on page 33




26
T a b le 1 - HOUSING: A v e ra g e R e t a i l nr i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d itie s and S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D ecem ber 19^2 t o D ecem ber 1 ? £ U , Q u a r t e r l y - C o n tin u e d
B.

Item and city

Spec*
No.

HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES - C o n tin u e d

15
92
Dec*

March

15
93
June
Sept.

a/)
* 5.2$

13.92
u.30

* 3.92
u.35

do/)
(W )

U.33
U.21
3.91
U.31
U.72
U.08
U.29

(W )

Dec.

March

15
9U
Sept,
June

(W )
(W )
(W>
0 /)
(2/)

do/)
(W )
(W .
(is/;
(W )
(W )
(10/'
(W )
(W )
i2 /)

* 3.56
U.1U
3.73
U.26
U.05
3.68
U.lU
U.2U
3.68
U.35

* 3.56
lul2
3.73
U.26
U.02
3.U
U
U.io
a.20
31
.6 a
1.35
a

(10/)
(W )
(ID/>
(TD/>
(To/)
(W )
(To/)
(ID/)
(ID/)
(id /)

(ID/)
(ID/)
(ID/)
era/)
(W )
(ID/)
(ID/)
(TO/)

$ 2.28
(3/)
7.62
2.78
2.33
2.23
2.65
2.56
2.56
2.56

* 2.3S
(3/)
5.62
2.78
2.33
2.38
2.65
2.56
2.U6
2.38

(10/)
(W )

(10/)
(W ,
(W /
(ID/,
(ID/'
(ID/
(ID/)
(ID/)
(ID/)
(W )

2.35
2.09
2.62
2.68
2.33
2.28
2.65
2.56
2.U2
2.38

2.35
2.13
2.32
2.68
2.18
2.28
(3/)
7.56
2a
.12
2.38

1.81
1.66
1.72
1 a
.81
1.8U
1.77
1.81
1.78
1.75
1.93
1.87
1.87
32A.69 12A.69 12/1.69
1.78 ~ 1.78
1.7U
1.88
1.80
1.79
1.92
1.88
1.92
1.72
1.72
1.69
1.80
1.80
li80

1.5U
1.77
1.71
1.87
12/1.69
1.7U
1.80
1.88
1.69
1.81

1.5U
1.71
1.78
1.89
12A»69
— 1.7U
1.80
1.85
1.59
1.81

1 *9
.1
1.37
1.71
11
.7 a
1.78
11
.7 a
1.89
1.89
12A*69 12/L.69
“ 1 S ^1.61a
.7 1
1.80
1.80
1.82
1.82
l.$9
1.59
1.81
1.81

1.37
11
.7 a
1.75
1.89
12/1.69
1.62
1.80
1.82
1.62
1.81

91.2U
91.67
99.15
85.U6
(3/)
a/)
58.98
96.31
90.86
88.86

91.65
91.U6
95.97
85.07

92.U1 92.65
91.U6 92.37
89.30 0^79.95
8U 7 ~83.86
.U
(3/)
(3/)
B8.25 B8.25
96.98 9 .U
7 9
93.50 93.50
91.98 91.98
87.10 89.22

Dec.

CURTAINS, cotton "Priscilla1
*
type, 90" (H-U51A) or 8
l*»
(H-U51B)
Atlanta-™--------- Baltimore-----------Chicago—---------- —
Cincinnati-------- -—
Detroit-------------Los Angeles---------N wYork——--------e
Philadelphia------- —
St* Louis-----------San Francisco--------

H 5A
-U 1
H 5A
-U 1
H-U5»
H
-151A
H 51
-U B
H 51B
-U
H-U5U
H 51A
-U
H 51
-U A
H 51B
-U

3.98

l».o?
U
.1U
3.78
l».31
U.83
1.09
a
U.27

3.98
U.33
1 8
*.1
3.91
U.31
U.83
u.o8
U.30

3.98

(W)

CURTAINS, tailored rayon
marquisette, 90w(H-U60A)
or 81" (H-U60B)
Atlanta------------- Baltimore-----------Chicago------— -— Cineinnati——------ Detroit—— -————
Los Angeles---------N ir York—----------e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis-—————San Francisco-—-----

H 60A
-U
H 60
-U A
H 60A
-U
H 6A
-U 0
H 60B
-U
H 60B
-U
H 6A
-U Q
H 60A
-U
H 60
-U A
H 60B
-U

(1/)
7.78
2.78
2a
.18
2.28
2.70
2.61
2.70
2.56

a/)

(10/)
(W
(W ;
(W ;
(W>
!| i
(W )
(W )
(W )

(10/)
(W )
(SO
(W )
(W )
(SO
(2/)
0 /)
(W>
(W )

can

(W )
(W )

can

(W )
(W )
(W )
(2/)

D A E Y FABRIC, cotton,
RPR
pebble or bark cloth,
ii8 wide, per yard
**
Atlanta---------- ——
Baltim
ore---------- —'
Chicago-------------Cineinnati-—------—
Detroit— —--------Los Angeles-—------N wYork— — —---e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis-----------San Francisco——-—

H 80
-U
H 80
-U
H 80
-U
H-U80
H 48
-J O
H 80
-U
H 80
-U
H-U80
H-U80
H a0
-18

- il

1.82

1.93
1 A .69
2
1.8U
1.90
1.93
i.au
1.80
C.

FLOOR COVERING AND FURNITURE

AXM
INSTER R G all wool
U,
(H-520) or wool and rayon
(H-$21), 9 ft.
x12
Atlanta-----— —----Baltimore-----—-----Chicago-------- ------ Cincinnati—--------- Detroit------- ------- Los Angeles----------N wYork— -—-------e
Philadelphia---------St. Louis--------——
San Francisco---------

See footnotes on page 33




H
-521
H
-520
H-520
H-521
H-520
H
-521
H-520
H-520
H-520
H-521

9U.63
8U.66

90.97
90.39
9U.63
85.37

59.99
97.53
9U 8
.U
85.11

1 5 .9
70 9
96.62
90.86
85.11

(I/)

90.97
90.39
99.15
85.37
(3/)

91.2U
91.67
99.15
85.U6
(3/)
<V)
(/
5)
1 5 .9 2/58.98
70 9
95.51 " 95.51
90.86
au/>
oJT.ll
88.86

U&

96.18
95.30
92.2U
88.U8

9«a
2 2O
92.37
13/80.70
— 83.86
(3/)
91.32
9 .1 9
$a
93.50
91.98
89.11

27
Table 1 - HOUSING: Average R etail Prices of Selected Commodities and Services
in 10 C itie s, December 1952 to December 195U, Quarterly - Continued
C.

Item and city

Spec.
No.

FLOOR COVERING AND FURNITURE - C o n tin u e d

15
92
Dec.

March

15
93
June
Sept.

Dec.

March

15
9b
June
Sept,

Dec,

B O D O B velvet, all wool,
R A L O I,
9 ft. width, per sq. yd.
Atlanta— --------- —
Baltimore----------- Chicago------------ —
Cincinnati-------- —
Detroit------- ------Los Angeles---------N wYork™——-----e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis----—— —
San Francisco—— —-

H-530
H-S30
H-530
H-530
H-530
H-530
H-530
H-530
H-530
H-530

10.U5
10.60
11.15
10.28
11.57
11.17

11.31 11.38
12.03 11.62
10.21 16A0.66
10.55 “ 10.80
10.59 10.35
10.58 10.32
11.26 11.37
10.18 18/10.80
11.55 “ 11.66
11.10 11.10

<& v
11.6li
10.91
1 .8 *
01
10.85
n.37
11.10
10.92
10.80

12.30
10.89
11.6b
11.11
11.3b
11.55
11.37
1 .1
1 *0
10.9b
10.80

(V )
n.88
10.21

10.28

11.52
l5Al.b8
~ 10.66
10.80
10.58
17A°.5b
— 11.26
10.80
11.57
11.50

10.81
11.20
10.66
10.09
10.82
10.52
11.15
1 .1
0 *6
11*57
11.17

10.7U
11.20
10.15
9.95
10.66
10,02
10.75
10.63
10.88
10.95

10.60
10.95
9.75
9.95
10.66
10.0b
10.35
10.63
10.88
10.95

10.99
11.3b
10.86
10.09
10.35
9.86
10.35
10.62
10.68
10.95

10.99
1 .1
1 *1
10.86
10.09
1 .8 *
01
9.83
10.75
10.62
11.37
10.95

12.9b
11.12
11.81
11.92
11.65
11.77
11.85
11.62
12.0b
11.61

1 .0 *
31
1 .1
1 *5
11.81
12.09
11.70
11.72
11.95
11.69
1 .0 *
21
11.61

13.28
12.21
11.81
12.82
1 .1
2 *5
12.06
12.5U
1 .1 )
2 )1
12.19
11.65

13.38
12.21
11.81
12.82
12.95
12.1b
12.5b
1 .bb
2
12.19
11.65

13.38
12.5b
12.b8
12.82
12.95
12.1b
12.5b
12.bb
12.19
12.05

13*38
1
2.51)
1 .1
2 *8
12.82
12.95
12.62
1 )
2.51
1 .1 )
2U
12.19
12.05

239.17

239.17
—
—
22U.28
—
259.U
9
2 *2 2
1 .2
-—
2 *9 7
1 .5
257.36
—
381.08
3 *1 2
1 .7
2 *2 2
1 .2
—
(3/)

2 )5 3
1 *8
—
—215*07
—
262.21
2 *2 2
1 .2
—2 *9 7
1 .5
26U.36
—
38U
.7U
31)1.7
2
2 )2 2
1 .2
...
-—
2l*l*.58

2b9.32
—
_
215.07
—
262.21
2b2.22
...
2b3.b8
285.61
—
38b.7b
3bl.72
2b2.22

2b9.32
253.b9
__
211.65
—
27b.80
2b2.22
2U2.08
2b7.b8
291.98
—
386.7b
337.72
2b2.22
—
—
-—
238.58 2b3«28

—
. 2 U.1
6 )9
_
210.65
—
268.13
__
2 *2 8
1 .0
2 )7 )8
1 .1
301.85
—
36 1
8 .7 *
337.72
2 )2 2
1 .2
—
-—
2 8
1)3.2

H R SU FA E R G printed
AD R C U ,
enam with felt base,
el
9x12 ft.
Atlanta-------------Baltimore--——----Chicago—-----------Cincinnati-——----:
—
Detroit-------------Los Angeles------- —N wYork------------e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis—— —---San Francisco™— —

H-570
H-570
H-570
h-570
H-570
H-570
H-570
H-570
H-570
h-570

12.30
10.89
11.81
11.37
ll.b l
11.56
11.56
11.58
10.95
11.17

LIVING R O SUITE, 2 or 3
OM
piece, m d m grade cover­
e iu
ing, Mohair (H-600), blends
(H-601) or nylon (H-602)19/
Atlanta---------- 2 pc.
2 pc.
2 pc.
Baltimore--------3 pc.
2 pc.
Chicago-— ------ 2 pc.
2 pc.
Cincinnati——— 2 pc.
2 pc.
Detroit-------- — 2 pc.
Los Angeles— — 2 pc.
N wYork---------2 pc.
e
3 pc.
Philadelphia-—— 3 pc.
St. Louis-------- 2 pc.
San Francisco™ 2 pc.
2 pc.
2 pc.

See footnotes on page 33




H-600
H-601
H-602
H-600
H-601
H-600
H-602
H-600
H-602
H-601
H-602
H-600
H-602
H-600
H-601
H-600
H-601
H-602

(l/>
—
315.26
—
238.2b
—
25b.7
2
—
236.1b
(2/)
305.15
(3/)
(3/)
301.99
---

212.11
—
226.17
—
—
__
(3/)
227.82
239.b8 (3/)
—2
25b.7 25b.7
2
—
—
236.1b 237.67
(3/)
(3/)
305.08 28b.62
—
—
3U8.39
(3/)
(3/)
(3/)
279.29

287.29

—

_
230.13
(3/)
2b2.22
—2U1.76
(3/)
277.31
3 *1 2
1 .7

ah
ah

28
Table 1 - HOUSING: Average R etail Prices of Selected Commodities and Services
in 10 C itie s , December 1952 to December 195U, Quarterly - Continued
C.

Item and city

No.

FLOOR COVERING AND FURNITURE - C o n tin u e d

15
92
Dec.

March

15
93
June
Sept.

Dec.

March

1 k
95
Sept.
June

Dec.

COIL BEDSPRING (H-630) or
B X SPRING {H-631)
O
Atlanta— ------Baltimore-— ------ —

Philadelphia™-----—
St. Louis— -------- —
San Francisco—------ -

< f)
i

2 .3 *
61

26.95

28.8U

29.93

2 .8 *
81

—

—

—

Oh

59.85
26.79
3 .1
5 *2
25.97
—

—

—

(3/)
39.85

(3/)
59.85

25.97
28.36

25.97
—28.36

25.88

25.88

28.30
—
25.88

—

-—

—-

12 1
* .7 *

1 .5
*2 7

(1/)
55.98

39.95

39.95

39.95

39.95

—.

—

...

—.

16.39
*

Oh)

1 .3
*6 9
1 .2
*7 2
39.85

k6.39
k7.22
39.85

< 3
56.)3
26.31

(ytln

39.95
28.89
—

C
M

Chicago-— ----------Cineinnati——----——
Detroit---------- ----Los Angeles-——-----N wYork-----—------e

H-630
H-631
H-630
H-631
H-631
H-631
H-630
H-631
H-630
H-631
H-630
H-631
H-630
H
-631
H-631

—

39.85
—

28.61

—

25.88

—-

1 .2
*7 2
39.85
(3/)
77.37

—

39.88
28.61

39*88
28.61

39.88
28.61

2 .1
6 *8

26.58

—

—

1 .3
*6 9
kk.72
39.85
(3/)
77.k6
—
39.88

39.95
—

1 .3
*6 9
ltk.72
39.85
39.88

__ _

. ..

kk.86

26-k8

kk.86
26.39

—

—

—

52.17

50.38

1 .0
*0 3

39.93

39.93

39.93

3 .1
9 *6 37.95
55.98 55.98
55.35 55.85
39.8U 39.35
1 .3
*3 6 53.36
(3/)
(3/)
Gl.37 51.37
1 .7
*0 7 39.86
(3/)
51.53
<& ,

37.95
55.98
55.85
39.35
53.36
(3/)
50.77
39.86

37.95
1 .9
*5 8
11.8k
**
3 .3 *
91
1 .3
*3 6
(3/)
1 .7
*0 7
39.86

37.95
55*98
55.85
39.35
53.36
(3/)
10.77
39.86

37.95
k5.98
kk.8k
39.3k
1 -3
*3 6
(3/)
G .8
O 6
39.86

37.95
k5.98
kk.8k
39.3k
k3.36

2^2*52

<& ,

<& .

—

—

—

38.98
39.93

M
ATTRESS, INNERSPRINS
Atlanta--- —-—---—
Baltimore-— --------Chicago---------------Cincinnati-— — ----Detroit— ----------- Los Angeles— --------N wYork--------------e
Philadelphia—-------St. Louis------------ San Francisco------ -—
B D O M SUITE, 3 piece,
ERO
Modern, with single dresser
(H-651.1) or double dresser
(H-652.1) 20/
Atlanta---------------Baltimore------- ----—
Chicago—— --------- Cincinnati-----------Detroit---------------Los Angeles— —
N wYork--------------e
Philadelphia---------St. Louis--------- ---San Francisco---- — -

H
-635
H
-635
H-635
H
-635
H-635
H
-635
H
-635
H-635
H-635
H
-635

h-652.1
h-652.1
h-652.1

H-652.1
H-652.1
H-652.1
H-651.1
H-651.1
H-652.1
H-652.1

hk.3
h
39.85
15.11
*

(3/)
EL.37
1 .7
*0 7
(3/)
1 .5
*2 3

—
—
—
—
__ _
—
—

-----—
-----—
—
—
—

—...
———
—
—-

- —
- —
—
—

—
-----—
--------------—

(^1*2

37.95
1 .9
*5 8
k6.09
39.3k
k3.36
(3/)
SO.8
6
39.86
(3/),
G .1
2 *2

266.31
221.98
272.98
226.57
2 0 *k
6 .1
228.52
26k.ll
20k.62
213.62
251.69

269.55
223.6k
272.98
226.57
260.kk
228.52
260.50
20k«62
212.12
251.69

39.86

^31.67
3 0 *9
0 .1
28 1
2 .6 *
258.32
22l*.l*2
266.08
21 2
0 *.6
236.75
260.33

(3/J
23k.00
303.11
235.66
260.32
22k.l»2
266.08
20k.62
236.75
256.50

(3/)
82.96
(3/)
82.22
10k.6
9
1 1 *2
0 .1
92.16
78.U7
95.9k
120.16

(3/) ^ (3/)
82.96 79.62
107.16
(3/)
Tk.68 9k.68
lQk.69 10k.69
103.92 101.k2
90.72 90.72
7 .k5 78.20
9
9k.0
3 95.72
120.23 113.57

DINETTE SET, Early American
m
aple
Atlanta------Baltimore— -—
Chicago—
Cincinnati— —
Detroit----— — — —
Los Angeles———----N wYork-— --------e
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-——-------San Francisco----- ——

See footnotes on page




33

H-661
H-661
H-661
H-661
H-661
H-661
H-661
H-661
H-661
H-661

(1/)
83.12
(3/)
85.72
(3/)
(5/)

a/)

76.21
93.68
(3/)

(3/)
<& .
83.12
(3/)
(3/)
85.72 86.98
99.50
(3/)
?9.92 99.92
61
9 -5 * 9 .0 *
U1
76.21 75.97
2
9 .7 * 9k.8
51
lllt.67
(3/>

(3/)
82.96
(3/)
86.98
9 .1
6 *2
100.92
92.16
77.22
9 .3 *
51
119.12

(3/)
82.96
(3/)
B7.22
98.00
95.98
92.16
77.22
9 .9 *
51
120.16

(3/)
79.62
107.16
9k.68
10k.69
97.68
90.72
78.20
95.88
1 1 1 .1 1

29
T a b le 1 - HOUSING:

A v e ra g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d itie s and S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1C C i t i e s , D ecem ber 1 9 5 2 t o D ecem ber 1 9 5 k f Q u a r t e r ly
D.

Item and city

Spec.
No.

APPLIANCES AND OTHER HOUSEWARES 2 1 /

15
92
Dec.

March

15
93
June
Sept.

Dec.

March

195*
Sept.
June

Dec.

SEEING M CH E, electric,
A IN
console, domestic mn ­
au
facture
Atlanta-------------Baltimore-----------Chicago-------------Cincinnati----------Detroit-------------Los Angeles---------N wYork------------e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis-----------San Francisco--------

H-700 a/)
8 .1
$ 175.99 I 181.60 $ 180.35 $ 182.35 1 182.85 $ 1 3 *6 $ 1 3 *6 * 185.96
8 .1
H-700 $ 181.10 181.10 187.85 190.35 192.85 192.85 1 3 *6 192.21 192.21
9 .1
H-700
172.67 172.67 180.07 180.07
180.07 180.07 182.76 179.76 180.76
H-700
*
177.11 177.11 180.11
181.36 187.61 188.86 180.67 189.1 8 191.98
H-700
169.61 171.61 176.36 176.36 181.36 181.36 181.98
176.35 180.10
H-700
182.11 181*.61 186.36 186.36 191.36 191.36 191.98 191.98 191.98
H-700
182.22 177.98 179.15 183.32 189.98 190.39 188.6 * 185.33 179.63
1
K
-700
187.87 187.87 189.27 189.27 189.27 1 1 2 1 1 6 18U.95 186.95
8 *. 7 8 *.7
H-700
167.U7 168.87 170.27 170.27 172.27 172.27 175.76 167.95 167.95
H-700
189.18
1
180.86 181*.6
1 186.36
186.36 188.86
188.86 181.98 188.22

V C U CLEAN upright
AUM
ER,
(H-710), tank type (H-711}
or canister (H-712) 22/
Atlanta-------------Baltimore----------- Chicago-------------Cincinnati----------Detroit-------------Los Angeles--------- MwYork------------e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis-----------San Francisco--------

89.8*
1
on
an

89.8*
1
8 *.0
1 9

89.8*
1
8 .3 *
51
8 **9
1 5
(3/)

79.11 2U/&.70
—
—
82.71
on
—

8 .1
3 *5
85.09
83.28
(3/)
56.70
—
8 .1
3 *6
86.20

8 .1
3 *5
85.12
8*.95
1
(3/)
^6.70
—
—
86.20

(1/)
136.77
125.95
1U6.06
138.26
139.95
122.76
133.28
138.52
1 * .15
12 *

11 9
3 *. 5
133.30
125.95
1 *6 6
1 .0
138.26
138.95
122.76
11 3
3 *. 9
138.52
139.95

3 *. 1
135.95 2/138.70 1 1 8*
1 1.27 2/132.68 132.12
3*
126.95 “ 126.95 2/129.12
13 1
1 * .8 * 1 * .8 * “ 1 * .8 *
13 1
13 1
1 3 8 .11
*
1 8 *1 137.05
3 .1
1 *0 6 1 *0 6 137.76
1 .7
1 .7
123.63 119.03 119.58
131.62 131.62 27A29.95
3 .1
136.29 1 7 *1 “ 133.82
139.95 139.95 139.95

(3/)
132.12
131.12
11 9
3 *. 5
19 1
3 .0 *
137.76

(1/)
?92.15

277.95
287.73

275.95
21 9
7 *.3
(3/)
2F5.78
287.73

262.15
268.57
(3/)
2 5 *5
3 .1
275.20

2 8 1 .3 8

2 6 8 .2 2

H
-711
H-710
H
-712
H-710
H-712
H-710
H-710
H-711
H-710
H-710
H-712
H-711
H
-712

“79.95
(3/)
78.91
—
(3/)
—

H-720
H-720
H-720
H-720
H-720
H-720
H-720
H-720
H-720
H-720

H-730
H-730
H-730
H-730
H-730
H-730
H-730
H-730
H-730
H-730

(i/)

an
an

7U.95

—

on
an

89-59

on
an

72.70
—

81.18
86.75
80.78

on

75.20
—8U.08
85.09
3*1
1. 2

on

on
an
~—

89.95
8 .3 *
11
8*.95
1
(3/)
-—
83.U
5
88.78
8 **9
1 5
(3/)
^6.70
—
—
86.20

86.20
8 .1
7 *5
87.U5
(3/)
(3/
on
Bl*.95 2/79.95
79.95
—
~—
—
73.95
73.95
67.95
90.08
91.32
83.58
88.62
on
on
80.78
79.95 23/59.53
~on
on
on
~—
-—
67.28
63.57
iy.26
—
—81.20
78.70
79.32

W S IN M CH E, electric,
A H G A IN
wringer type, 8-9 pound
capacity 22/
Atlanta-------------Baltimore-----------Chicago-------------Cincinnati----------Detroit-------------Los Angeles---------N wYork------ ------e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis-----------San Francisco—------

1 1.9
3* 5
16 1
3 .1 *
127.95
1 *5 1
1 .5
2/138.1*1
“ 1 *0 6
1 .7
2/121.51
“ 131.06
139.63
1 *3 0
1 .7

1 1 6 .8 1
1 2 6 .2 0

133.82
139.95

on
132.12

on

“126.20
130.5
U
139.95

02.12
127.ll5
133.81i
139.O
li
07.76
108.12
129.32
1 3. 1
2 11
09.95

2 1 .1
61 5
267.79

256.15
261.31

257.51
272.98
262.93
251.65
280.03
2 U6.12
258.38

255.51
272.98
2li3.1i2
2U5.59
280.03
2lili.li6
258.38

127.U5
01i.39
139.O
il
137.76
1 5 1 0 8 .1 2

REFRIGERATO standard m
R,
odel,
across-the-top freezer,
8.0 to 9.7 cu. ft. 22/
Atlanta-------------Baltimore----------- Chicago------------- Cincinnati----------Detroit-------------Los Angeles--------- N wYork----------- —
e
Philadelphia— -----St. Louis-----------San Francisco--------

See footnotes on page 33




on

"5 U 2
7 .9

on
an
an
an
an
an

on
2*9.95
on
an
an
an

21 5
7 *.9

on

271.95

273.95

273.95

2 8 1 .6 2

2 8 1 .6 2

2 8 1 .6 2

259.95
2 8 8 .8 *
1

2 1* 1
5 *9 *
2 8 8 .8 *
1
2 1.2*
9* 1
2 5 *8
7 .1
288.95
279.95
278.28

on

on

2 6 *8
7 .1

on

276.62
26 * *
7 .11

on

(3/)
2&*.9l*
271.62
291* 1
.2 *
2 6 6 .18
*
21 9
8 *. 5
273.28
2 7 8 .2 8

271.11 « 2 6 0 . 5 8
7 *.6
292.95 2 1 2
261.00
2 6 6 .6 2
266.29 256.38

on

on

30
T a b le 1 - HOUSING:

A v e ra g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d itie s and S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D ecem ber 1952 t o D ecem ber 1 9 5 k , Q u a r t e r l y

D. APPLIANCES A D O H R H U E A E 21/ - Continued
N T E O S WRS
Item and city

Spec.
No.

15
92
Dec.

h-750
h-75o

i 27.36

March

15
93
Sept.
June

Dec.

March

195*
June
Sept.

Dec.

T A , automatic, pop-up
O STER
22/
Atlanta-------------- "
Baltimore------------ Chicago---------------Cincinnati-----------Detroit---------------Los Angeles----------N wYork-------------e
Philadelphia---------St. Louis------------San Francisco---------

R-750
H-750
H-750
h
-750
h
-750
h-750
h-750
h-750

a/)

22.95
22.52
22.39
2 .6 *
11
22.09
22.79
21.25

22.5k

31
$ 22.52 $ 23.10 $ 2 .2 * $ 23.2ii * 23.2k $ 22.38 $ 21.52 $ 21.38
21.96
22.36
23.17
23.17 22.07
21.97
22.36
22.97
22.08
23.70
23.70
22.08
22.96 22.08
22.95
22.95
22.58
21.96
22.52
22.7li 22.07
22.52
22.7k
22.19
21.10
0 *0
21.58
20.96
22.67
22.53 2 .1
22.39
22.39
/22.1*2
21.09
22.18
22.72
22.33 21.16
21.91
22.97 2
22.28 2 .1
“ 22.56
22.26
1 *3
2 .1
1 *3
21.27
22.26
22.29
23.12 22.12
22.96
22.29
22.29
22.79
22.79
22.79
2 .8 * 20.75
01
22.96
H*.1
9
15.29
22.17
21.95
21.65
22.68
22.96
22.96
21.25
2 .5 * 21.33
21
22.5k
21.5U

SA C PA , alum , 2-quart
UE N
inum
size
Atlanta---------------Baltimore------------Chicago---------------Cincinnati-----------Detroit---------------Los Angeles----------N wYork-------------e
Philadelphia---------St. Louis------------San Francisco-------- -

H-760
H-760
h-760
h-760
H-760
h-760
H-760
H-760
H-760
H-760

(1/)
“.89
.87
.92
.90
1.07
1.00
.96
.91
1.02

.95
.89
.87
.92
.91
1.07
1.00
1.00
.92
.1.03

.97
.90
.87
.95
.92
1.08
1.00
1.00
.92
1.03

.97
.91
.87
.95
.92
2/1.02
“2/.96
”1.00
.92
1.03

.96
.93
.91
.95
.93
1.05
.96
1.00
.92
1.0U

.96
.93
.91
.95
.93
1.05
.96
1.00
.96
1.06

.96
.9 *
1
.92
.96
.9 *
1
1.06
.96
1.00
.96
1.06

.97
.96
.92
.96
.95
1.06
.96
1.00
.96
1.06

.97
.96
.92
.96
.95
1.06
.96
1.00
.96
1.06

H-770
H-770
H-770
(28/)
#770
H-770
H-770
H-770

(1/)
27.18
20.76

22.39
21.88
20.76

22.39
21.68
20.7ii

22.89
21.97
20.9li

23.05
21.26
21.66

2 .6 *
21
20.95
21.66

20.97
21.91
20.58
20.71
—
—

20.36
21.37
2 .1
0 *6
20.68
—

20.56
21.51
2 .1
0 *6
2 .3 *
11
—

20.76
21.91
20.62
20.93

23.05
21.26
21.66
—
21.07
22.50
20.5U
21.30
—

20.97
21.35
2 .1
1 *8
—
20.36
22.87
20.96
21.30
...

2 .6 *
21
20.75
20.95
—
20.36
22.67
20.96
21.30
——

.13
.Hi
.13
.1 *
1
.1 *
1
.Hi
.13
.13
.Hi
.lli

.13
.Hi
.13
.Hi
.1U
.Hi
.Hi
.33
.lli
.Hi

.13
.1 *
1
.13
.1 *
1
.lli
.1 *
1
.13
.13
.Hi
.1 *
1

.13
.lli
.13
.Hi
.Hi
.Hi
.13
.13
.Hi
.lli

.13
.1 *
1
.13
•Hi
.1 *
1
.H*
.13
.13
.1 *
1
.1 *
1

.13
.H*
.13
.H*
.1 *
1
.Hi
.13
.12
.1 *
1
.1 *
1

D N R A E 53-piece set
IN E W R ,
Atlanta---------------Baltimore----------- —
Chicago---------------Cincinnati-----------Detroit— -----------Los Angeles----------N wYork-------------e
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-— ------ -—
San Francisco---------

w

—

20.57
21.96
20.58
20.71
—
—
—

—

—

-—

—

20.36
22.50
20.62
21.30
-—
—

—

PA ER NAPKINS, white,
P
luncheon size, per package
of 8
0
Atlanta------- — ——
Baltimore------------Chicago----— -------Cincinnati----------- Detroit---------------Los Angeles----------N wYork-------------e
Philadelphia---------St. Louis------------San Francisco---------

S e e f o o t n o t e s o n p a g e 33




H-76U
H
-76U
H
-76U
H
-76U
H
-76U
H
-76U
H
-76U
H
-76U
H
-76U
K-76U

(29/)
(5?/)
(W )

W)
mn
m/)
mn
mn

(57/)
(57/)

.33
•
Hi
.13
.1 *
1
•H
*
.1 *
1
.13
.12
.1 *
1
.1 *
1

.13
.1 *
1
.13
.H*
.1 *
1
.1 *
1
.13
.13
.1 *
1
.H*

31
Table 1 - HOUSING: Average R etail Prices of Selected Commodities and Services*
in 10 C ities* December 1952 to December 195k, Quarterly

D. APPLIANCES A D O H R H U E A E 21/ - Continued
N T E O S WRS
Spec.
No.

Item and city

15
92
Dec.

March

15
93
June
Sept.

* 0.18
.16
.16
.16
.16
.18
.16
.16
.16
.16
.08
.08
.09
.09
.09
.08
.08
.08
.09
.09

Dec.

March

195k
Sept,
June

Dec.

ft 0.20
.16
.16
.17
.16
.17
.16
.17
.16
.18

ft 0.18
.16
.16
.16
.16
.17
.16
.17
.17
.18

| 0.18
.16
.16
.16
.16
.16
.16
.18
.17
.18

* 0.18
.16
.17
.16
.17
.17
.16
.18
.18
.17

i 0.17

.16
.17
.16
.17
.16
.16
.18
.17
.17

ft 0.18
.17
.17
.17
.18
.17
.18
.18
.18
.18

.09
.08
.09
.09
.09
.08
.08
.08
.09
.08

.09
.08
.09
.09
.09
.08
.09
.08
.09
.09

.09
.09
.09
.09

.09
.09
.09
.09
.09
.09
.09
.08
.09
.09

.09
.09
.09
.09
.09
.09
.09
.08
.09
.09

.09
.09
.09
.09
.09
.08
.09
.08
.09
.08

ELECTRIC LIGHT BULB, 60watt
Atlanta------------ —
Baltimore-----------Chicago-------------Cincinnati----------Detroit-------------Los Angeles---------N wYork------------e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis—---------San Francisco—------

H-766
H-766
H-766
H-766
H-766
H-766
H-766
H-766
H-766
H-766

(IE/)

* 0.15
.15
.15
.15
.15
.15
.15
.15
.16
.15

H
-799
H
-799
H
-799
H
-799
H-799
H
-799
H
-799
H-799
H-799
H-799

(1/)
$ 0.08
.09
.09
.09
.08
.08
.08
.09
.09

.08
.08
.09
.09
.09
.08
.08
.08
.09
.09

(29/)

m)

<W/)
(557)

m)
m t)
<&n
m)

TOILET TISSUE, per roll
Atlanta------------- Baltimore---------- —
Chicago™----------Cincinnati----------Detroit------------- Los Angeles---------N wYork------------e
Philadelphia--------St, Louis----------- San Francisco--------

E.

.09

.09
.09
.08
.09
.09

HOUSEHOLD OPERATION

L U D Y SOAP, granules or
ANR
pow
der, per 2k oz.
Atlanta--------------Baltimore-----------Chicago-------------Cincinnati---------- Detroit-------------Los Angeles---------N wYork------------ e
Philadelphia--------St. Louis-----------San Francisco--------

H-800
H-800
H-800
H-800
H-800
H-800
H-800
H-800
H-800
H-800

(1/)
.30
.31
.31
.31
.32
.31
.30
.31
.33

.33
.30
.31
.31
.31
.32
.31
.30
.31
.35

.33
.31
.31
.31
.30
.33
.31
.29
.32
.33

.33
.31
.31
.31
.30
.33
.31
.30
.32
.33

.33
.30
.31
.31
.30
.33
.32
.30
.32
.33

.35
.32
.32
.32
.32
.33
.32
.32
.33

.3k

.35

.35
.36

.36
.36

H-80ii
H
-80U
H-80b
H
-80U
H-80L
H
-80U
H-80lt
HQ
-8 I*
H
-80i*
H-80L

.30
.30
.30
.30
.31
.30
.30
.29
.29
.32

.30
.30
.30
.30
.31
.30
.30
.29
.29
.32

.30
.30
.30
.30
.30
.30
.30
.29
.29
.32

.30
.30
.30
.30
.30
.30
.30
.29
.29
.32

.30
.30
.30
.30
.30
.30
.30
.29
.29
.32

.31
.30
.31
.30
.31
.30
.30
.30
.30
.32

.32
.32
.32
.31
.31
.30
.31
.32
.30
.33

.32
.32
.32
.31
.31
.30
.31
.32
.30
.33

.31
.32
.32
.31
.31
.30
.31
.32
.31
.3
3

.36
.33

.3k

.33
.32

.3k
.3k
.3k

.33

.37

.3k
.3k
.3k
.33
.33
.33
.3k

.36

.3k
.3k
.3k
.33
.33
.33
.3k

D T R E T general
E E GN ,
laundering, per 1 oz.
9
Atlanta------------- Baltimore-----------Chicago-------------Cincinnati----------Detroit--------------Los Angeles—-------N wYork— -------- —
e
Philadelphia-------- St. Louis—---------San Francisco— -——

See footnotes on page

33




32
T a b le

1 -

HOUSING:

A v e r a g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s and S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D e c e m b e r 1 9 5 2 t o D e c e m b e r 1951* > Q u a r t e r l y

E.

H U E O D O R TIO - Continued
O S H L PE A N

1952

1953

195H

Spec.
No.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

Thrifty wash
Baltimore---------------—

H-811

$ 1.66

1 1.76

$ 1.78

$ 1.78

$ 1.78

Fluffed dry (no starch)
Chicago--------------------Cincinnati---------------Detroit--------------------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco-----------

H-812
H-812
H-812
H-012
H-812
H-812
H-812

3.11
2.97
3.01*
U.19
2.88
2.76
2.89

3.11
2.97
3.17
1*.20
2.88
2.76
2.99

3.11
2.97
3.25
i*.20
2.88
2.82
3.06

3.11
3.01*
3.25
1*.22
2.36
2.92
2/3 .n

Economy finish
Atlanta--------------------Baltimore------------------

H
-611*
H-811:

(1 /)
3.36

li.C2
U. 07

1.02
U.07

Finished (complete)
Cincinnati---------------Detroit--------------------Los Angeles--------------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco—--------

H-815
H-815
H-315
H
-815)'
K-815
E-815
H-815

5.39
6.88
6.31
6.67
5.78
5.68
5.90

5.39
7.02
6.38
6.67
5.78
5.68
6.10

H-830
H-830
H-830
H-830
H-830
H-830
H-830
K-830
H-830
H-830

(29/)
(W )
m n
T702
(29/)
m o
m o
m /)
(W )
(W )

R-835
H-835
H-835
K-835
h-835
h-835
k-835
H-835
h-835
H-835

(i/)
“ .93
1.38
.90
1.1*3
1.32
1.12
1.12*
1.2U
1.53

Item and city

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

$ 1.78

1 1.78

$ 1.82

$ 1.32

3.11
3.01*
3.3 0
i*. 22
2.88
2.92
3.11

3.11
3.11
3.01*
3.01*
3.1*1
3.1*1
li.22 31/1* .20
2.88 “ 2.83
2.96
2.96
3.11
3.11

3.11*
3.01*
3.1*5
U.20
2.88
2.96
3.11

3.11*
3.01*
3.U6
U.22
2.88
2.95
3.11

1*.02
1*. 07

1*.02
1*. 07

1.02
U.07

2*.06
U.07

U.06
L.09

i*.G6
U.09

5.39
7.21*
6.76
6.66
5.78
5.58
6.21*

5.68
7.30
2/6.92
“ 6.68
5.78
5.80
6.21*

5.63
7.30
6.92
6.68
5.78
5.80
6.2i*

5.68
7.1*6
6.91*
6.63
5.78
5.90
6.21*

5.68
7.60
6.91*
6.69
5.81*
5.90
6.2l*

5.68
7.61*
6.95
6.69
5.81*
5.93
6.2)*

5.68
7.61*
6.95
6.71
5.8U
5.93
6.21*

.89
1.01
1.1*9
1.02
1.55
1.1*5
1.U5
1.22
i.a i
1.69

.91
1.01
1.5U
1.11
1.58
1.1*5
1.1*5
1.26
i.ia
1.73

.91
1.01
1.51*
1.11
1.59
1.1*5
1.1*5
1.26
1.1*1
1.72

.91
1.01
1.52i
1.11
1.59
1.1*5
1.1*5
1.26
i.ia
1.72

.91
2/1.03
“ 1.51*
1.11
1.59
1.1*5
1.1*5
1.26
1.1*1
1.72

.91
1.03
1.51*
1.11
1.60
1.1*6
1.1*5
1.26
1.1*1
1.72

.91
1.06
1.51*
l.li
1.60
1.1*6
1.1*5
1.26
1.1*1
1.72

.91
1.06
1.51*
1.11
1.60
1.1*6
1.1*6
1.26
1.1*1
1.72

.75
.93
1.38
.90
1.1*6
1.33
1.11
i.m

.78
.91*
1.1*3
1.01
1.1*6
1.33
1.11
1.21*
1.28
1.53

.30
.91*
1.1*3
1.01
1.1*3
1.33
1.11
1.21*
1.28
1.58

.80
.91*
1.1*3
1.01
1.1*3
1.33
1.11
1.19
1.29
1.53

.80
2/.98
“ 1.1*3
1.01
1.1*3
1.33
1.09
1.19
1.32
1.58

.80
.98
2/1.27
” 1.01
1.1*1*
1.38
1.10
1.19
1.32
1.58

.80
1.00
1.27
1.01
1.1*1*
1.38
1.10
1.21*
1.32
1.58

.80
1.00
1.27
1.01
1
.1*1*
1.38
1.10
1.21*
1.32
1.58

L U D Y SERVICE, 20 lb .
ANR
bundle 30 /

D Y C A IN A D PRESSIN
R LE N G N
G
Man’ s suit, 2-piece,
delivered
Atlanta--------------------Baltimore----------------Chicago------------------—
Cincinnati---------------Detroit------------------- Los Angeles--------------N York----------------- ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco----------D Y C A IN A D PRESSIN
R LE N G N
G
’Toman’ s dress, 1-piece,
cash, carry, and c a ll-fo r
Atlanta--------------------Baltimore----------------Chicago------------------- Cincinnati---------------Detroit-------- ----------Los Angeles-------------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco-----------

See footnotes on page 33




1.28

1.58

33
Footnotes for Table 1 - H U IN
OS G
l / Atlanta was priced on a different cycle prior to 1933*
2 / Change in outlet sample. Quotations from outlets common to both old and new samples showed no price change from
preceding period.
3 / Number o f quotations for items conforming to specification insufficient for publication o f average price.
4/ Price for H-108.
5 / Retail sales taxes on materials are included in the prices in citie s where sales taxes are effective (See appendix D)
0 / Includes temperature r e lie f valve required by lav.
jJ City-wide deviation from specification priced in Los Angeles. Heater is galvanized, without glass lining or
magnesium rod.
8/ Quotations in most c itie s prior to revision o f specifications in 1933 varied from store to store because o f inclusion
or exclusion o f soap dish and aerator. Published prices exclude both.
£ / Price for I - * l l . July 195* prices were $1.79 for H-*10 and $2 . 0*1 for H-*ll.
10/ Seasonal item not priced this month.
l l / Price for H-**0. March 1953 price for H-**0 was $2.*9*
12/ City-wide deviation from specification priced in Detroit. Fabric reported is lighter than 1.23 yards per pound.
f Price for H-321. August 195* prices were $92.63 for H-520 and $7**95 for H-321.
H-521 priced in June 1933* Average price was $79*59*
for September 1933*
Change in outlet sample. Averages for outlets com on to both old and new samples were $11.62 for June 1933 and $11.63
m
m
16/ Change in outlet sample. Averages for outlets com on to both old and new samples were $10.21 for March 1933 and $10.09
for June 1933*
m
17/ Change in outlet sample, Averages for outlets com on to both old and new samples were $10.12 for June 1933 and $9.80
for September 1933*
m
18/ Change in outlet sample, Averages for outlets com on to both old and new samples were $10.18 for March 1933 and $10.36
for June 1933*
19/ Differences in prices among stores in any one city are sometimes as large as $75*00. The averages published, therefore,
may vary from the "true average" by as much as $23*00. Also, substitutions within stores within the quality limits of the
specifications occur from time to time with differences o f as much as $75*00 between the old and the new item.
20/ Prior to 195*1# prices were reported for any one o f six possible alternates.
21/ The samples o f stores from which prices are obtained do not include "discount houses"
22/ These articles are subject to special pricing procedures. Instead o f obtaining the price for the one brand which sells
in largest volume in each store, the Bureau's agent reports prices for one model o f each manufacturer whose line is carried in
each store. W
hen a manufacturer introduces new models, the agent prices the new model most nearly comparable to that
previously priced. The prices that are published are based on those brands for which prices were available for a ll dates included,
in the table. Some o f the differences between citie s are due to greater popularity of specific brands in some citie s than in
others.
23/ Price for 1-712.
m
24/ Change in outlet sample, Averages for outlets com on to both old and new samples were$83.90 for March 1933 and $86 . 70
for June 1953*
23/ Change in outlet sample. Averages for outlets common to both old and new samples were $122.76 for March 1933 and
$119*76 for June 1933*
m
26/ Change in outlet sample, Averages for outlets com on to both old and new samples were $108.96 for June 193* and $108.12
for September 195**
27/ Change in outlet sample. Averages for outlets common to both old and new samples were $133*58 for December 1933 and
$129*93 for March 195*.
28/ Separate pieces o f open stock dinnerware are priced.
29/ Not priced in every city before 1933*
30/ Prices are reported for the 2 services done in greatest volume in each c ity except in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles
where one service is predominant. I f there is a price differential between fir s t and last part o f the week, prices are reported
for when volume o f business is done.
31/ Change in outlet sample. Averages for outlets common to both old and new samples were $*.17 for March 193* and $ *.l 8
in June 193**




T a b le

2 -

APPAREL:

A v e r a g e R e t a i l P r i c e s f o r S e l e c t e d C o m m o d i t i e s a n d S e r v i c e ’s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D ecem b er 1 9 5 2 t o D ecem b er 1 95 U , Q u a r t e r l y

A.

Item and city

Spec •
No*

MEN'S OUTER’YEAR

1952
Dec*

1953
March

June

1955
Sept*

Dec*

March

June

Sept*

Dec*

SUIT, 2-piece, new wool,
hard-finished worsted,
#U tailoring
Atlanta---------------------Baltimore------------------Chicago---------------------Cincinnati----------------Detroit---------------------Los Angeles---------------N York-------------------ew
Philadelphia--------------St. Louis------------------San Francisco-------------

A-110
A-110
A-110
A-110
A-110
A-110
A-110
A-110
A-110
A-110

8 66.75
a /)
60.69
t 59.19
62.00
62.00
63.50
62.39
63.91
63.91
60.56
61.19
62.80
62.80
60.62
60.62
61t.5o
65.50
65.75
6U.25

1 66.75
60.11
62.00
63.50
65.88
60.56
62.80
61.67
65.50
65.25

$ 68.12
60.72
62.00
65.00
65.50
3/62.55
~ 63.99
65.00
65.00
66.25

U5.7U
52.92
ii6.60
52.31
52.52
U3.60
U5.8ii
1*1*80
50.61
57.31

55.99
52.92
56.60
52.31
52.52
53.60
55.85
52.00
50.61
57.31

56.75
53.05
57.11
53.06
52.92
53.71
55.93
52.09
39.75
57.52

t 68.12 # 68.12
2/62.36
62.36
“ 62.00
62.00
65.00
65.00
66.88
65.50
62.55
62.55
63.99
63.99
65-00
65.00
65.00
65.00
66.25
66.25

$ 68.12 t 68.12
62.36
62.25
62.00
65.50
65.00
67.00
66.88
66.88
62.55
62.50
63.99
63.99
65.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
66.25
67.99

t 68.12
62.25
65.50
67.00
66.88
62.50
63.69
65.00
65.00
66.86

SUIT, 2-piece, new wool,
hard-finished worsted,
#1 to #2 tailoring
Atlanta---------------------Baltimore------------------Chicago---------- ‘----------Cincinnati----------------Detroit---------------------Los Angeles---------------N York--------------------ew
Philadelphia-------------St. Louis------------------San Francisco-------------

A-llii
A-llU
A-lib
A-llh
A-llii
A-llU
A-llii
-A-ll!
A-llii
A-llii

(1 /)
52.68
U6.60
52.06
1)2.52
53.60
h5*61i
50.79
50.72
56.75

A-120
A-120
A-120
A-120
A-120
A-120
A-120
A-120
A-120
A-120

(5 /)
(5 /)
(5 /)

A-130
A-130
A-130
A-130
A-130
A-130
A-130
A-130
A-130
A-130

(i/)
15.16
15.1)2
(5 /)
18.23
16.53
15.63
15.83
(5/)
16.71

56.10
53.05
57.11
53.06
52.92
51.21
55.93
52.09
39.75
57.52

56.11
53.05
57.11
52.31
52.92
56.21
55.93
53.58
51.05
55.80

56.11
53.05
57.11
52.31
52.92
56.21
55.93
53.58
51.05
55.80

53.61
52.92
57.11
52.20
52.92
56.16
55.89
53.39
50.95
55.85

53.50
52.92
57.11
52.20
52.92
56.16
55.89
53-39
50.95
55.85

SUIT, 2-piece, rayon and/or
acetate, tropical weight,
#1 to #2 tailoring
Atlanta---------------------Baltimore------------------Chicago---------------------Cincinnati—-------------Detroit---------------------Los Angeles-------------- N York-------------------ew
Philadelphia-------------St. Louis------------------San Francisco-------------

if!
or/)
(5 /)
(E/)
(5 /)
(5 /)

(5 /)
or/)
W )
m
(j/)

® i
or/)
(5 /)

31.90
33.00
(5 /)
31.67
32.00
(5 /)
59.80
31.25
27.96
(5 /)

m
m
nr/)
(5 /)

(5 /)
(IT/)
or/)
or/)
®o
or/>
(V )
m
(E/)
qn

(5 /)
T5.16
15.08
(5 /)
18.22
16.10
15.32
15.83
16.33
16.51

(5 /)
T5.16
15.08
(5 /)
18.35
16.10
15.32
15.83
16.33
16.31

16.09
15.16
15.25
(5 /)
18.59
16.53
15.73
15.12
16.52
16.71

16.09
15.16
15.25
(5 /)
18.59
16.53
15.90
15.12
16.52
16.91

(5 /)
(I /)
q/)
(E/)
qn
or/)

(5 /)
or/)
or/)
or/)
nr/)
w,\
or/)
or/)
qn

32.69
33.98
(5 /)
10.25
33.29
(5 /) .
59.95
29-10
29.52
(5 /)

(5 /)
(57)
(IT/)
or/)
(ty)
or/)
(IT/)
(5 /)
(5 0
(5 0

(5 /)
(EO
(E/)
(57)
nr/)
(EO
(EO
(EO
(EO
(E/)

SLACKS, dress, new wool,
hard finish fabrics
Atlanta----- ---------------Baltimore------------------Chicago---------------------Cincinnati----------------Detroit---------------- -—
Los Angeles------------- —
N York-------------------ew
Philadelphia--------------St. Louis------------------San Francisco-------------

See footnotes on page irf




16.09
15.16
15.52
17.22
18.59
16.53
15.90
15.12
16.52
16.51

16.10
16.10
(5 /)
T5.16
15.76
15.76
15.08 .
15.08
15.52
17.22
17.22
17.22
18.85
18.85
18.85
16.53
16.27
16.27
6A3.25 6/13.25 6/13.25
“ 15.12 ~ 15.12 “ 15.12
16.52
16.12
15.92
16.31
15.91
15.91

35
T a b le

2 -

APPAREL:

A v era g e R e t a il P r ic e s
in

10 C it ie s ,

A.

Item and c ity

fo r

S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s a n d S e r v i c e s *

D ecem b er 1 95 2 t o

D e c e m b e r 195 1*, Q u a r t e r l y

M 'S O T R E R - Continued
EN U E W A

1952

1953

Spec.
No.

Dec.

March

June

A-136
A-136
A-136
A-136
A-136
A-137
A-136
A-136
A-137
A-137

(7 /)
an
an
an
an
an
an
an
an
an

* 5.61
5.17
5.75
an
an
5.65
6.31
an
an

$ 5.61
5.19
5.76
an
^ .7 6
6.56
5.65
6.31
an
an

A-170 • a n
A-170
an
$ 3.62
A-170
2.99
(9 /)
A-170
3.38
A-170
3.55
A-170
3.61
A-170
3.85
A-170
3.U3
A-170
3.81

3.65
3.70
3.44
2.9l*
3.1*8
3.55
3.63
3.80
3.43
3.81

A-185
A-185
A-185
A-185
A-185
A-185
A-185
A-185
A-185
A-185

(1 /)
"1.63
1.58
1.49
1.49
1.57
1.64
1.64
1.79
(5 /)

A-188
A-188
A-188
A-188
A-188
A-188
A-188
A-188
A-188
A-188

(l/)
.33
,.29
.29
.29
.30
.31
.34
.29
.34

195**
Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

$ 5.61
5.19
5.76
5.29
5.76
6.56
5.65
6.73
6.62
6.55

$ 5.61
5.39
5.76
5.29
5.56
6.75
5.48
6.73
6.62
6.35

$ 5.80
5.59
5.56
5.18
5.75
6.56
5.48
6.73
6.62
6.35

$ 5.97
5.59
5.56
5.18
5.56
6.36
8/6.46
“ 6.73
6.62
6.36

$ 5.76
5.59
5.77
5.18
5.16
6.66
8/6.46
~ 6.73
6.62
6.36

$ 5.76
5.59
5.37
5.18
5.56
6.66
8/6.47
6.73
6.62
6.36

3.56
3.69
3.52
2.91*
3.51
3.55
3.70
3.80
3.1*3
3.81

3.48
3.62
3.43
2.94
3.41
3.47
3.66
3.72
3.34
3.81

3.39
3.62
3.43
2.94
3.41
3.41
3.66
3.72
3.34
3.81

3.39
3.62
3.43
2.94
3.29
3.41
3.66
3.65
3.34
3.73

3.39
3.56
3.43
2.94
3.29
3.41
3.64
3.65
3.34
3.73

3.39
3.58
3.40
2.94
3.29
3.41
3.64
3.65
3.34
3.73

3.39
3.58
3.40
2.79
3.29
3.41
3.64
3.65
3.34
3.64

1.64
1.65
1.58
1.46
1.48
1.57
1.65
1.67
1.73
1.60

1.64
1.66
1.59
1.46
1.48
1.57
1.66
1.67
1.73
1.60

1.64
1.66
1.59
1.46
1.46
1.57
L.66
1.67
1.73
1.60

1.60
1.67
1.59
1.46
1.48
1.56
1.66
1.67
1.73
1.60

1.60
1.62
1.60
1.46
1.48
1.56
1.63
1.66
1.73
1.60

1.60
1.60
1.60
1.46
1.48
1.56
1.55
1.66
1.73
1.60

1.54
1.57
1.48
1.46
1.42
1.50
1.50
1.60
1.69
1.63

1.54
1.57
1.48
1.46
1.42
1.50
1.50
1.60
1.66
1.63

.30
.33
.29
.30
.29
.30
.32
.34
.27
.34

.30
.33
.28
.30
.29
.29
.31
.34
.27
.33

.30
.33
.27
.28
.29
.29
.31
.34
.27
.33

.30
.33
.27
.28
.29
.29
.31
.34
.27
.33

.30
2/.36
“ .27
.25
.29
.29
.30
.33
.27
.33

.29
.36
.27
.25
.29
.29
.30
.33
.27
.34

.27
.34
.25
.25
.26
.26
.29
.31
.25
.33

.27
.34
.25
.25
.26
.26
.29
.31
.25
.33

SLACKS, rayo'n/acetate gabar­
dine, fa ir workmanship
(A-136) or clean workmanship (A-137)
Atlanta-------------------- Baltimore------------------Chicago---------------------Cincinnati----------------Detroit---------------------Los Angeles—------------N York-------------------ew
Philadelphia-------------St. Louis---------------—
San Francisco----- -— W R TRO SERS, cotton tw ill,
OK
U
clean workmanship
Atlanta---------------------Baltimore------------------Chicago---------------------Cincinnati---------------- Detroit---------------------Los Angeles—------------N York-------------------ew
Philadelphia-------------St. Louis------------------San Francisco------------W R SHIRT, carded chambray,
OK
3.90 y d ./lb .
Atlanta---------------------Baltimore-—----------- —
Chicago---------------------Cincinnati----------------Detroit---------------------Los Angeles-------------N York---------------- —
ew
Philadelphia-------------St. Louis----------------- San Francisco------------W R G VES, tw ill canvas
O K LO
with inside nap finish,
knit.wrists
Atlanta---------------------Baltimore------------------Chicago-------------------—
Cincinnati— —---------Detroit---------------------Los Angeles---------------N York--------------------ew
Philadelphia—----------St. Louis------------------San Francisco™ --------

See footnotes on page 47




36
Table 2 - APPAREL:

Average R e ta il P rice s fo r Selected Commodities and Services*
in 10 C itie s, December 1952 to December 195k, Quarterly

B. M
EN'S FU ISH G A D ACCESSORIES
RN IN S N

Item and city

Spec*
No*

1952
Dec*

195V

1953
March

June

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

* 3.88
3.80
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95

* 3.88
3.80
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95

1 3.88
3.80
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95

$ 3.88
3.80
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95

$ 3.88
3.80
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95

$ 3.88
3.80
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95

2.27
2.27
2.36
2.31*
2.36
2.35
(5 /)
(5 /)
1
1.2k • 1 .2 *
2.22
2.22
2.01*
1.99
2.1*3
2.1*3
2.30
-2.31
2.1*1*
2.1*6

2.25
2.31
2.36
(5 /)
1.18
2.18
1.91
2.37
2.26
2.1*6

2.09
2.31
2.1*8
(5 /)
1 .18
2.18
1.91
2.37
2.26
2.1*6

2.09
2.26
2.1*8
(5 /)
1.16
1.98
1.91
2.37
2.37
2.31*

2.09
2.26
2.1*8
(5 /)
1 .16
1.98
1.91
2.37
2.31*
2.31*

2.98
3.09
2.98
($ /)
1.96
2.97
2.95
2.98
3.17
3.80

2.98
2.89
2.98
10/3.1*8
“ 2.96
2.97
2.95
2.98
3.17
3.77

.60
.51
.57
.68
.1*9
.52
.52
.58
.60
.60

.60
.51
.56
.68
.1*9
.52
.52
.58
.60
.60

Sept.

Dec.

BU ESS SHIRT, broadcloth,
SIN
128x68 or 136x60, combed
yarn, nationally adver­
tised
Atlanta--------------------Baltimore-----------------Chicago--------------------Cincinnati---------------Detroit--------------------Los Angeles--------------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis-----------------San Francisco-—-------

A-200
A-200
A-200
A-200
A-200
A-200
A-200
A-200
A-200
A-200

a /)
1 1 .8 0
3.95
3*95
3.95
3*95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95

* 3.88
3.80
3,95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95

$ 3.88
3.80
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95
3.95

A-202
A-202
A-202
A-202
A-202
A-202
A-202
A-202
A-202
A-202

a /)
2.21*
2.25
($ /)
7.16
2.30
1.93
2.19
2.26
2.30

2.09
2.27
2.33
(5 /)
7.2U
2.20
1.93
2.31
2.25
2.1*1*

2.17
2.30
2.33
(5 /)
1.2k
2.20
1.99
2.1*3
•2.25
2.38

A-220
A-220
A-220
A-220
A-220
A-220
A-220
A-220
( io /)

(1 /)
J.01
3.01*
3.23
2.89
2.97
2.95
2.98
3.17
3.80

2.98
3.01
3.01*
3.23
2.96
2.97
2.91*
2.98
3.17
3.80

2.98
3.01
3.05
3.23
2.96
2.97
2.99
2.98
3.17
3.80

2.98
3.09
3.01
3.23
2.96
2.97
3.06
3.05
3.17
3.80

A-230
A-230
A-230
A-230
A-230
A-230
A-230
A-230
A-230
A-230

(1 /)
"5 1
.58
.69
.1*9
.50
.52
.58
.60
.60

.60
.51
.58
.69
• *9
1
.50
.52
.60
.60
.60

.60
.51
.58
.69
.1*9
.50
.52
.60
.60
.58

.60
.51
.58
.68
.1*9
.52
.52
.60
.60
.60

B SIN
U ESS SHIRT, broadcloth,
100 or 112x60, carded yarn
Atlanta—- — ----------Baltimore—— -------—
Chicago------------------- Cincinnati---------------Detroit--------------------Los Angeles-------------N York------------- -—
ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis-----------------San Francisco----- -—
PAJAM
AS, cotton, printed
percale, 68x72 or broad­
cloth, 80x60
Atlanta------------------- Baltimore----------------Chicago----------------- —
Cincinnati---------------Detroit--------------------Los Angeles-------------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis-----------------San Francisco-----------

A-220

2.98
3.09
3.05
3.23
2.96
2.97
2.95
3.05
3.17
3.80

2.98
2.98
2.89
2.89
2.98
2.98
10/3.1*8 10/3.1*8
2.96
2.96
2.98
2.98
2.95
2.95
2.98
2.98
3.18
3.18
3.77
3.77

U D R SHIRT, combed cotton,
NE
rib knit
Atlanta---------------------Baltimore----------- ------Chicago---------------- -—
Cincinnati----------------Detroit---------------------Los Angeles---------------N York------------------—
ew
Philadelphia-------------St. Louis---------- -------San Francisco----- -------

See footnotes on page 1
*7




.60
.51
.58
.68,
.1*9
.52
.52
.60
.60
*60

.60
♦51
.56
.68
.1*9
.52
.52
.58
.60
.60

.60
.51
.56
.68
.1*9
.52
.52
.58
.60
.60

37
T a b le

2 -

APPAREL:

A v e r a g e R e ta il P r i c e s f o r S e l e c t e d C o m m o d i t i e s a n d S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D e c e m b e r 1 9 5 2 t o D e c e m b e r 195 1*, Q u a r t e r l y

B.

Item and city

Spec.
No.

M N S FU N IN S A D ACCESSO
E’
R ISH G N
RIES - Continued
1952
Dec.

1953

195*

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

$ 0.67
.68
.66
.69
.68
.65
.60
.68
.65
.62

$ 0.67
.68
.66
.69
.68
.65
.60
.68
.65
.67

$ 0.67
.68
.66
.69
.68
.65
.60
.68
.68
.67

$ 0.65
.68
.61*
.69
.68
.61*
.60
.66
.66
.67

$ 0.65 W$ 0.61*
.68
.68
•1
6*
•1
6*
.67
.67
.68
.68
.61*
.61*
.60
.60
.66
.66
.65
.65
.67
.67

Sept.

Dec.

SH RTS, cotton, printed
O
broadcloth, 80x60, carded
yarn
Atlanta------------------- Baltimore----------------Chicago--------------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit-------------------Los Angeles—----------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco-----------

A-23U
A-23U
A-23U
A-23U
A-231l
A-23U
A-23U
A-231t
A-23U
A-23ii

0 /)
$ 0768
.66
.67
.68
•65

.68
•65
.66

$ 0.67
•.68
.66
.69
.68
.65
.60
.68
.65
.66

A-2ij.0
A-2l|0
A-2U0
A-2l*0
A-2i*0
A-2l*0
A-2l*0
A-2i*0
A-2l*0
A-2140

a /)
7**
11
• *9
1
•57
.1*9
.16
•
50
•59
.1*8
•56

.66
.10*
.1*9
.58
.1*9
.1*7
.50
.59
.1*8
.56

.66
• *6
1
.1*9
.58
.1*7
.1*7
.50
.59
.1*8
.56

.66
.1*6
.1*9
.58
.1*7
.50
.50
.59
.1*8
.56

.66
.1*6
.50
.58
.1*7
.50
.50
.59
.1*8
.56

(5 /)
71*6
.50
.58
.1*7
.50
.51*
.59
.1*8
.56

(5 /)
T
2*6
.50
.56
.1*7
.50
.53
.59
• *8
1
.56

(5 /)
ThS
.1*9
.56
.50
(5 /)
752
.58
.1*8
.56

(5 /)
71*5
.1*9
.56
.50
(5 /)
752
.58
.1*8
(5 /)

A-2l*U
A-2lllt
A-2hh
A-ZliU
A-21J,
A-2lUt
A-2UU
A-2Ui
A-2LU
A-2hli

(V )
751
.1*8
.55
.52
•U
*
.1*9
.50
.52
.50

.62
.53
.1*8
.55
.52
.1 1
**
•i*9
.51
.53
.50

.62
.52
.1*9
.55
.52
.1*7
.1*9
.51
.53
.50

.62
.52
.1*9
.55
.51*
.1*7
.1*9
.51
.53
.50

.60
.52
.1*9
.55
.51*
.1*7
.1*9
.51
.53
.50

.60
•1
5*
.50
.55
.51*
.1*7
.1*9
.51
.52
.1*9

.60
.51*
.50
.55
•5U
.1*7
• *8
1
.50
•52
.1*9

(5 /)
752
.1*9
.55
.55
.1*7
(5 /)
71*9
.50
.1*9

(5 /)
752
.51
.55
.55
• *6
1
(5 /)
750
.50
.1*9

.60

$ 0.61*
.68
.61*
.66
.68
•1
6*
.60
.66
.61*
.67

SOCKS, dress, combed mercer­
ized cotton, 220-2it0
needles
Atlanta--------------------Baltimore---------------- Chicago-------------------Cincinnati---------------Detroit--------------------Los Angeles-------------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco----------SOCKS, dress, rayon, 2202l*0 needles
Atlanta-------------------Baltimore----------------Chicago-------------------Cincinnati---------------Detroit— --------- -----Los Angeles-------------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco-----------

See footnotes on page 1
*7




38
Table 2 - APPAREL:

Average R e ta il Prices of Selected Commodities and Services,
in 10 C itie s , December 1952 to December 195U> Quarterly

C.

Item and city

Spec*
No*

B YS* A
O
PPAR L
E

1952
Dec*

1953

195£

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

(5 /)
$ F.16
12A.57
(5 /)
£.70
(5 /)
5.02
5.2l»
(5 /)
<£/)

(5 /)
1 5.16
U.U8
(5 /)
2/5.62
~ U .l5
5.3C
5.21*
(5 /)
5.57

e u.3i
5.17
£.£8
3.99
£.80
£.31
2A-11
U A -18
“ 3.6£
£.56

$ U.31
5.17
U.U8
3.99
U.63
U.31
5.11
5.18
3.6U
U.56

$ U.65
U.97
U.U8
3.7U
U.63
U.30
5.11
5.18
3.56
U.57

$ U.65
U.97
U.31
2/4*. 18
~ U.63
U.lU
U.83
5.18
2/3.66
“ U.37

$ U.65
U.97
2A.U 0
“ U.19
U.6U
U.U6
JU
.78
5.18
3.66
U.37

$ U.65
U.97
U.Uo
U.19
U.6U
U 6
*U
U.78
5.18
3.66
U.37

2.38
2.25
2.28
2.16
3.26
2.63
2 .Of
2.0?
3.02

2.09

2.01
2.38
2.20
2.28
2.16
3.26
2.58
2.08
2.01
3.11

2.1U
2.U1
2.17
2.28
2.1U
3.26
2.U7
2.10
1.9U
3.11

2.12
2.U1
2.17
2.28
2.1U
3.26
2.U7
2.10
1.9U
3.09

2.15
2.1*1
2.07
(5 /)
?.12
3.26
2.U7
2.05
1.97
3.11

2.23
2.1*1
2.07
(5 /)
*5.12
3.26
2.U7

1.87
1.97
1.99
1.70
(5 /)
1.75
1.71
2.25
1.7?
1.77

1.7U
1.98
1.99
1.59
1.60
1.75
1.61
2.25
1.72
1.87

(U/)
(5 /)
(5 /)
(5 /)

(U/)
(IT/)
(IT/)
or/)
(U/)
(U/)
(H/)
(U/)
(V )
(U/)

Dec.

SLACKS, gabardine, rayon/
acetate (*-320) or nylon
blond (A-321)
Atlanta--------------------Baltimore---- ----------—
Chicago-------------------Cincinnati—------------Detroit-------------------Los Angeles-------------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia— ----- —
St. Louis--------------- San Francisco—--------

A-321
a /)
A-321 IF .1 6
A-321 12A.57
A-320 I?A.22
U-70
A-321
A-321
A-321
%
A-321
5.2£
A-320
(5 /)
A-321
<I/>

D N A E S or JEANS, blue
U GRE
denim, 8 oz./yd. (A-360)
or 9-10 oz./yd. (A-361)
Atlanta-------------------Baltimore-----------------Chicago------------------- Cincinnati------------- —
Detroit--------------------Los Angeles-------------N York—------------- —
ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco—--------

A-360
A-360
A-360
A-360
A-360
A-361
A-360
A-360
A-360
A-361

(1 /)
1.30
2.31
2.35
(5 /)
J.17
2.66
2*08
2.1U
(5 /)

2.19
2.26
2.31
2.28
2.21
3.16
2.67
2.08
2.12
(5 /)

2.11*
2.35
2.30
2.28
2.21
3.11*
2.67
2.10
2.12
(5/>

A-370A
A-370A
A-370A
A-370A
A-370A
A-370A
A-370A
A-370A
A-370A
A-370A

(U/)
m
(V )
or/)

1.87
1.97
1.81
1.77

m
or/)
m
(£/)

1.91
1.97
1.86
« />
(5 /)
T.79
1.76
1.93
1.77
1.77

A-370B
A-37QB
A-370B
A-370B
A-370B
A-370B
A-370B
A-370B
A-370B
A-370B

(i/)
7.33
2.27
2.31
1.9U
2.07
1.98
2.20
2.07
1.92

a s
(£ /)
1.31
1.9U
(£ /)
(£ /)
(£ /)
or/)
or/)

2.05

1.96
3.11

SPO SHIRT, short sleeves,
RT
cotton broadcloth, poplin
or tw ill
(£ /)
or/)
<£/)
(£ /)

(U/)

(5 /)
(5 /)
(£ /)
(f/)

m
m
(V
(5 /)

os

§3

Atlanta-------------- -—Baltimore——----------Chicago———----------Cine innati—--------—
Detroit------- ------------Los Angeles-------------N York-------------- —
ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco------ —

1.69
1.99
1.77
1.77

¥
m
(£ /)

S )
m
(5 /)
(5 /)
(5 /)

SPO T SHIRT, long sleeves,
R
cotton broadcloth, poplin
or tw ill (A-370B) or
printed flannel (A-371)
Atlanta--------------------Baltimore---------------—
Chicago--------------------Cincinnati-------- -— Detroit— ----- ---------Los Angeles------- -— N York------------------ew
Philadelphia-------- —
St. Louis----------------San Francisco-----------

See footnotes on page 1*7




(£ /)
(£ /)
(£/•)
(£ /)
(£ /)
(I /)
(£ /)
or/)
(£ /)
(£ /)

2.09
2.37
2.38
2.31
1.91*
2.07
2.00
2.20
1.98
2.01*

2.09
2.30
2.U1
2.31
1.9U
2.07
2.00
2.20
1.98
2.0U

(U/)
?.30
(U/)
(5 /)
1.9U
(U/)
(5 /)
m
(5 /)
(5 /)

(U/)
m
o r/)
(£ /)
(£ /)
(£ /)
(£ /)
or/)
(£ /)

2.00
2.12
1U/1.78
■ 2.31
”
1U/1.63
'H/1.59
~ 2.01
2.15
1.98
2/2.11

2.00
2.12
1UA.78
~~ 2.15
1U/1.63
TU/1.59
~~ 2.01
1U/1.8U
“ 1.98
2.11

39
T a b le

2 -

APPAREL:

A v e r a g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o n i m o d i t ie s a n d S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D e c e m b e r 1 9 5 2 t o D e c e m b e r 195U > Q u a r t e r l y

C.
1
I

t

e

m

a

n

d

Sc

pi

No.

te

yc

9

5

B Y A F R L - Continued
O S* P A E
2

1

9

5

3

1

9

5

*

.
D

e

c

M.

a

r

c

hJ

u

n

e S

e

p

t D.

e

c

March
.

J

u

e S

n

e

p

t D.

e

c

.

BRIEFS, cotton rib knit,
combed yarn
-

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8

0 (
1
/ $
)
$0
0
7
5
0
. 6
5
0
• 6 1 *
0
. 5
5
0
. 6
3
0
. 5
1
0
. 6 1 *
0 . 5
5
0
. 5
9

P.

.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.

0
85
6
6
5
6
5
6
5
5

. 5 $ 90
. 5
93
8
. 5
8
5
.
. 6
5
2
. 6
2
. 5
6
6
. 6
3
3
. 5 1 *
1
3
. 6
3
. 5
5
5
. 5
7
9

. $5

0
. 5
.
•
.
.
.
.
.
.

3

6

5
6 1

5
6
5
6

*
6
2

1
1
5
5

*
*
5
9

. * 0 9
5
.
. 6
5
.
. 6
2
.
. 5
6
.
. 6
3
.
. 5 1 *
.
. 6 1 *
.
. 5
5
.
. 5
7
.
9 0
. 5

. 6

3

5
6
6
5
6
5
6

0

.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.

8
5
1
6
3
1
1

5
5

d

A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A

*
*
5
7

$

o

Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago-----------------Cincinnati----------—
Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York----------------ew
Philadelphia--------—
St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

5
6
6
5
6
5
6
5
5

3
5
1
6
3
5
0
5
7

0

. 6
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.

e

5
6
6
5
6
5
6
5

3
3
1
6
3
5
0
5
r g

0*

0
.
.
.
.
.

5
6
6
5

1
6

.re
. 6

0
5
8

WMN OTR ER
O E 'S U E W A

A-l*10
A
-1*10
A-i*10
A-l*10
A-1*10
A-l*ll
A-lilO
A 1*10
—
A-ltlO
A-lill

(1 /)
31.97
31*. 06
30.18
23.91
28.26
29.12
29.95
26.10
29.80

A-lilS
A-1*15
A-!*15
A-1*15
A-I*l5
A-1*15
A-1,15
A-1*15
A-1*1S
A-l*l5

——
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—

A-l*30
A-l*30
A-l*30
A-l*31
A-l*30
A-1.30
A-l*30
A-l*30
A-l*30
A-l*30

(i/>
13.71
1*1.91
(5 /)
(F/)
37.90
38.08
33.99
1*1.10
(5 /)

(S/)
13.71
1*1.91
(5 /)
37.93
35*90
39.35
38.71
la.58
(5 /)

(U/)
m

or/)
or/)
m
m

(F/)
(F/)
(F/)
<F/)

(1*/)
or/)
(IT/)
(IT/)
(IT/)

28.23
31.97
(5 /)
3 V .6 0

28.95
27.1*2

m
m

3 & 2 .0 2

(F/)
or/)
(F/)

"" 30.97
29.1*2
29.89

28.23
30.16
(5 /)
(5 /)
217.95
(5/)
31.69
30.97
29.1*2
29.90

(1*/)

(!*/)

m

m

or/)
or/)
(F/)
(5 /)

(F/)
(F/)
m

<£/)

m

w )

or/)

or/)
(F/)
(F/)

m

(]*/)

2/29.91*
“ 31.88
31.26
32.96
15/30.76
— 29.23
32.06
31.11*
28.72
30.50

28.71
29.76
30.12
(5 /)
25.97
27.66
28.58
2S.1*3
28.61
30.50

(5 /)
1*7.88
50.85
53.60
1*8.96
l*li.53
51*. 82
(5 /)
57.71*
1*8.92

(5 /)
1*9.88
50.85
53.60
1*6.96
1 1 . 53
**
53.1*7
(5 /)
57.71*
1*6.92

39.96
1*2.96
(5 /)
2/35.98
“ (5 /)
#3 7.39
“ 36.36
39.95
39.60
39.90

F1 .2 2
1*2.96
2Qi*l.l*9
‘ 1*0.97
(5 /)
37.39
#36.98
“ 39.95
39.96
3}51i .21

SPO T COAT, wool, fu ll
R
length, clean workmanship
17/
Atlanta-------------------Baltimore----------------Chicago—----------------Cincinnati---------------Detroit—----------------Los Angeles—————
N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis-----------------San Francisco-—-------

—
—
—

——
—
—
—
—
—
—

—
-—
—
—
—
—
—
—-

——
—
—
—
—
—
—

_
_
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

_
_
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

SUIT, 2 piece, wool, hard
finished fabric (A—
1*30) or
soft finished fabric
(1-1*31)
Atlanta- - —----------- —
Baltimore----------------Chicago— — ———
Cincinnati—------------Detroit-------------------Los Angeles----------- —
N York—----------- —
ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco————

See fo o tn o te s

on page

h
7




({./)
m
m
m

or/)
($ /)
(IT/)
0*/)
(i/)
(F/)

1*1.22
1*0.71
394*6.16
~ 37.1*5
2/38.18
" 37.91
39.35
39.95
1*0.76
38.66

(5 /)
(5 /)
1*5.16
37.1*5
(5 /)
(5 /)
35.86
39.95
38.76
38.66

(5 /)
1WI.95
“ 1*6.16
(5 /)
35.18
38.92
39.51
39.95
1*0.76
lll.llO

(U/)
(F/)
(F/)
(F/)
(F/ )
m

(F/)
(F/)
(F /)
< $ /)

*
3

. 5
. 5

SPO T COAT, wool, fu ll
R
length, fa ir workmanship,
with interlining (A-i*10),
without interlining (A-l*ll|
Atlanta-------------------Baltimore—-------------Chicago-------------------Cinc innati---------- — Detroit----------------- —
Los Angeles-------------N York------------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco—--------

. 6
6
3
1

0

ho
T a b le

2 - APPAREL:

A v era g e R e t a il P r ic e s
in

o f S e le c t e d

1 0 C i t i e s , ' D e c e m b e r 195>2 t o

C o m m o d it ie s a n d S e r v i c e s ,

D e c e m b e r 195>U, Q u a r t e r l y

D. ’W M N O T R E R - Continued
O E *S U E W A

Item and c ity

Spec*
No*

1952

1953

195H

Dec*

March

June

Sept*

Dec*

__
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

_
_
—
—
—

$ 5.73
6.11*
6.37
6.72
7.37
5.98
5.80
7.30
6.15
6.1*8

1 5.73
6.11*
6.37
6.72
7*37
5.65
5.80
7.30
6.15
6.1*8

«*/>
(E/)

—

_
_
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

A-U55
A-1,56
A-U55
A-U55
A-U55
A-U55
A-1,56
A-U56
A-U56
A-U55

_
_
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

i 5.72
(5 /)
1,797
5.U8
5.1*6
1**58
(5 /)
(5/>
(F/)
5715

(5 /)
1*732
5.17
5.1*8
5.72
1**79
3.91*
i*.17
(5 /)
5715

A-U61
A-U61
A-U61
A-U61
A-L61
A-U61
A-U61
A-U61
A-U61
A-U61

—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

—
—
—
—
—
—

—
—

—
—
—
-—
3.1*7
2.98

—
—
—

—
—
—

A-U90
A-U90
A-U90
A-U90
A-U90
A-U90
A-U90
A-U90
A-U90
A-U90

a /)
«17776
17.1,1
18.37
17.76
18.72
18.33
15.56
20.10
15.32

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(IT/)
(E/)
(E/)

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a :/)
(E/)
(E/)
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(IT/)
a i/)
(E/)
or/)
(E/)

March

June

Sept*

Dec*

(E/)
<E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)

a*/)
(E/)
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(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)

* 5.98
6.31
6.11,
(5 /)
7718
5.81
7.31
6.15
6.15

* 5.98
6.31
6.11*
(5 /)
7717
5.98
5.81
7.31
5.78
6.15

(5 /)
3798
5.17
5.1*8
5.72
1*.79
3.91*
1*.37
3.71*
5.15

(5 /)
J 3.88
;
5-17
5.1*8
5.72
1».99
3.91,
U.37
3.98
5.15

(5 /)
$ 3798
5.17
S.U8
(5 /)
1,799
3.91,
E.37
(5 /)
5715

1».92
3.82
5.36
5.7E
2U/3.58
— lt.95
2/3.98
2/3.98
2/3.78
_ U.98

U.67
3.98
2l*/3.99
~~ 5.7U
2U/3.58
“ ~U.59
3.98
3.96
3.98
!*.8l

__
—
—
—
3.1,7
3.15

—
3.15
—

_
_
—
—
—
3.1*7
2.98
—
—
3.15
—

U.23
3.15
—

—
—
—
—
3.U3
2.98
3.1,1
lt.23
3.15
—

_*
3.79
3.31
(5 /)
376U
3.15
3.1,1
lj.23
3.15
3.82

2.98
3.79
3.31
(5/>
3.61*
3.15
3.1*1
U.23
3.15
3.U8

17.22
18.96
(5 /)
1B.17
16*97
(5 /)
27/16.80
16.56
20.10
15.32

(5 /)
20796
(5 /)
17791
16.13
19.72
17.22
16*56
19*27
15.32

(1*/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)

(U/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)
(E/)

16.1,8
18.37
2615.93
“ 17.57
2/15.97
■ 20.5U
16.92
15.96
19.27
15.92

16.1*8
18.17
15.9U
17.77
16.17
(5 /)
16751
(5 /)
18760
15.72

SKIRT, wool, soft finished
fabric 23/
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago------------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York—-------- -----ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco—-------

a-1,50
a-1,50

A-USO
A-1,50
a-1,50
A-1,50
a- 1,50
A-U50
A-1,50
a-1,50

—
—
—
—
—

m
m

5 .8 2

SKIRT, rayon and/or acetate,
straight or gored, clean
workmanship (A-U55) or
fa ir workmanship (A-U56)7/
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago---------- —- —Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia-.---------St. Louis---------------San Francisco— -----

$

5.72
U.99
i*.97
5.1*8
5.72
1**79
3.82
1*.17
(5 /)
5715

BLO SE, rayon and/or acetate
U
crepe, or nylon tricot 25/
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago------------------Cincinnati-------------Detroit—---------------Los Angeles------------N York----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

—
—

STR ET DRESS, wool, 1 piece
E
Atlanta------------------Baltimore—----------- Chicago—---------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia-----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

See fo o t n o t e s

o n p a g e 1*7




m

(C/)
m

la
T a b le

2 -

A P PAREL:

A v e r a g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s a n d S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D e c e m b e r 1 9 5 2 t o D e c e m b e r 1 95 1*, Q u a r t e r l y

D. W M N O T R E R - Continued
O E 'S U E W A
1952

Spec.
No.

Item and city

1953

Dec.

March

June

f t /)

28/* 9.69
—
8.79
3.07
9.57
(5 /)
8755
7.95
8.52

2.98
3.1*8
3.61
3.35
3.1li
3.03
3.53
3.28
2.92
3.20

195<*
Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

STR ET DRESS, cotton,
E
1 piece
Atlanta----- ------------Baltimore---------------Chicago------------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St* Louis---------------San Francisco----------

A-U9S
A-i*95
A-l*95
A-i*95
A-U9S
A 1*95
—
A-U95
A-U9S
. A-l*95
A-l*95

m
m

( ? /)

$ 3.76
8.1*6
8.07
9.57
(5 /)
8755
7.95
8.52
(5 /)
8735

A-lt98
A-i*98
A-l*98
A-l»98
A-l»98
A-l*98
A-U98
A-l*98
A-l*98
A-l*98

(V )
» jO*8
3.61
3.35
3.18
2.95
3.1*9
3.32
2-91*
3.21*

3.18
3.1*8
3.61
3.35
3.18
2.96
3.53
3.32
2.95
3.21*

© i
or/)
(I /)
m
m

(i*/> 1 9.37
9.13
<50
8.10
(I /)
2/9.22
or/)
~ 9-57
or/)
8.95
or/)
29/8.59
(I /)
o r/ 33/8.16
7.1*7
(i/)
( I / ) - 31/8.12

m
m
m

8 .3 0

(I /)
(IT/)
or/)

8.35

cu n

$ 9.09
9.13
8.10
9.22
9.97
8.95
8.38
8.16
8.30
8.29

0*/)
(I/O
(I /)
( I /)
(I /)
(I /)
( I /)
( I /)
( I /)
(I /)

0*/)
(I/O
(i/)
(i/)
(i/)
(i/)
(i/)
(i/)
(I/O
( I /)

5 2.95
3.1*5
3.58
3.35
3.10
2.95
3.50
3.1*2
2.89
3.35

(V )
( I /)
or/)

3.11
3.1*5
3.58
3.35
3.10
3.06
3.50
3.1*2
2.89
3.35

3.31
3.1*5
3.58
3.35
3.10
3.06
3.50
3.1*2
2.89
3.35

$ 3.31
3.1*5
3.25
3.31
3.10
3.06
3.50
3.1*2
2.89
3.35

$ 3.31
3.1*5
3-25
3.31
3.10
3.06
3.50
3.1*2
2.89
3.35

3.39
—
3.65
3.55

3.39
3.18
3.65
3.55

_
_
3.18
3.65
3.55

2.98

2.98
_3.17

2.98

3.17

3.37

3.21

3.31

3.31

2.81*
—
3.37
3.13

2.70
—
3.37

2.81*
3.37

3.15

3.15

3.56

3.56

H U E DRESS, printed per­
OS
cale, 1 piece
Atlanta------------------Baltimore------------- —
Chicago------------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

E.

* 2.95
3.1*5
3.58
3.35
3.10
3.02
3.50
3.1*2
2.89
3.30

WMN S U D R E R A D A
O E * N E W A N CCESSO
RIES

N H G W , rayon or rayon/
IG T O N
acetate crepe (A-520) or
acetate tricot (A-522)
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago------------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit----------------- Los Angeles------------N York-------- --------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

See fo o tn o te s

on page

1*7




I
1
A-520
A-522
A-520
A-520
A-520
A-522
A-520
A-522
A-520
A-522
A-520
A-522
A-520
A-522
A-520
A-522
A-520
A-522

(i/)
—
3.63
3.69
3.98

3.58
—
3.63
3.69
($/)

3.1*2
—3.63
3.55
(5 /)

3.1*2
—
—
3.63
3.55
<§9

3.38
—
3.63
3.55
3.98

3.39
—
3.65
3.55
3.98

3.77
■
—
3.59
—
3.1*5

3.78
—3.38
—
3.38

3.78
—
(5 /)
—
3.55

3.81
—
3.1*8
—
3.58

3.81
—
3.1*8
—
3.38

3.78
-- 3.59
—2/3.i*i
——
3.81
—
3.1*8
—
3.38

3.78
—3.59
—
3.1a
—
3.81
-—
3.1*8
—.
3.38

3.78
—
3.58
—
3.1*1
—
3.65
—3.13

3.81
—
3.1*8
-—
3.57

3.38

3.38

U
2
T a b le

2 -

APPAREL:

A v e r a g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s a n d S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D ecem b er 1 9 5 2 t o D e c e n b e r 1 9 5 U , Q u a r t e r ly

E. W M N U D R E R A D ACCESSO
O E 'S N E W A N
RIES - Continued
Spec.
No.

Item and c ity

1952

1953

Dec.

March

June

A-530
A-530
A-530
A-531
A-530
A-530
A-531
A-530
A-531
A-530
A-530
A-530
A-531
A-530
A-531

(1 /)
*2771*
2.l»9
-- 2.85
2.79

*3.37
2-7U
2.1*9

$3.37
2.71*
2.61

A-532
A-532
A-532
A-532
A-532
A-532
A-532
A-532
A-532
A-532

—.
—

195*

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

(5 /)
#2.71*
2.61
—
2.85
2.59
—
(5 /)

(5 /)
*2.71*
(5 /)

(5 /)
, 2.74
(5 /)

(5 /)
* 2771*

(£ /)
*2771*

(5 /)
$2?7U

3.10
2.59
(5 /)

3.10
2.59
—
(5 /)

2 . 1*9

2.1*9
2.81
(5 /)

2.U9
2.81
(5 /)

<£/>

(5 /)

SLIP, rayon or rayon/acetate
crepe, tailored (A-530)
or trimmed (A-531) 32/
Atlanta— -------------Baltimore------------- —
Chicago------------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit---------- -------Los Angeles—-------- N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia—--------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

—

—

2.85
2.59

2.85
2.59

— -

—

—

2.73

2.98
—
2.59
2.79
2.79
—
3.08

(5 /)

2.69
2.79
2.79
—
2*88

2.59
2.79
2.79
—
3.08

2.81
2.79
—

—

—

—

2.98
3.10

3.32
3.10

3.32
3.10

—

—

—

3.65

3.65

3.65

3.39
2/2.58
1/2.86
*" —_
3.65

3.39
2.58
2.86
—
3.65

3.39
2.58
2.86
-_
3.65

(5 /)

—

3.32

3.32

SLIP, nylon tr ic o t,
tailored 7 /
Atlanta—---------------Baltimore---------- -—Chicago—---------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------ ——
N York----------------ew
Philadelphia-----------St. Louis——---------San Francisco-------•
—

—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—

1*.1*6
1*.96
1».72
5.31*
1*.57
U.5 0
1 .1*2
*
1*.1*7
1*.1*6
U.69

U.U6U.76
U.6U
5.31*
1*.57
l*.50
1*.1*2
1*.61*
1*.1*6
1*.1*6

U.66
U.76
1*.61*
5.31*
1*.57
1*.1*7
i*.l*2
1*.63
i*.l*6
1*.1*6

U.66
U.76
U.6U
U.8U
U.57
U.U7
U.U2
U 0
.8
U.U6
U.U6

U.66
U.76
U.6U
U.71
U.37
U.U7
U.39
U.79
U.U6
U.U6

U.66
U.76
U.6U
U.U6
U.37
U.U7
U .ll
U.79
U.U6
U.U6

U.66
U.76
U.16
U.U6
U.37
U.U7
U .ll
U.79
U.U6
U.U6

U.66
U.76
U.16
U
«U6
U.37
U.U7
U .ll
U.79
U 6
*U
U
.29

.87
.76
.73
.81
.82
.77
.70
.80
.82
.83

.87
.76
.73
.81
.82
.77
.70
.80
.82
.81*

.92
.76
.73
.81
.82
.79
2/.72
* .80
“

2/. 87
“ .76
.73
.81
.82
.79
.72
.8£.
.82
•8U

.87
.76
.73
.81
•80
.75
.72
.85
.80
•8U

.87
.76
.73
.81
.80
.77
.72
.85
.80
.82

.81
.75
.73
.81
.79
.75
.72
.80
.81

.79
.75
.73
.81
.79
.75
.71
.81
♦79
.81

1.36
1.37
1.1*2
1.1*1*
1.1*2
1.1*5
1.1*1*
1.1*6
1.1*7
1.56

1.36
1.1*1
1.50
1.1*1*
1.1*2
1.1*2
1
.1*1*
1.1*6
1.1*7
1.56

1.36
l.i*l
1.50
1.1*1*
1.1*2
1.1*2
1.1*1*
1.1*6
1.1*7
1.50

1.3U
1.3U
1.38
l.U l
1.50
1.50
l.UU
l.U l
1.U2
1.39
1.U2 33/1.18
““ 1.U1
l.UU
1.U6
1.U6
1.50
l.UU
l.5 o
l.U l

1.3U
2/1.U2
“ 1 .5 0
1.38
1.39
1.16
l.U l
1.U2
l.UU
1.38

1.3U
1.39
1.35
1.38
1.35
1.16
1.38
1.U2
l.UU
1.37

1.3U
1.39
1.35
1.38
1.30
1.16
1.38
1.U2
l.U l
l.U l

PANTIES, acetate tricot
Atlanta--------------- —
Baltimore---------------Chicago--------- ———
Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles----------- N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia-----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

A-536
A-S36
A-536
A-536
A-536
A-536
A-536
A-536
A-536
A-536

(1 /)
.78
•7U
.81
.82
.73
.70
•82

.83
•82

.8 2

.81*

.8 1

H
OSE, nylon, 51 gauge, 15
denier, manufacturer's
brands, nationally adver­
tised
Atlanta------- —------- Baltimore---- --------- Chicago----- ------------Cincinnati------------- Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis--------------San Francisco----------

See fo o tn o te s

on page




U7

A-560
A-560
A-560
A-560
A-560
A-560
A-560
A-560
A-560
A-560

(1 /)
1.37
1.1*2
l.UU
1 .5 0

1.55
1.1*1*
1.1*6
1 **
.1 1
1.56

1*3
T a b le

2 -

APPAREL:

A v era g e R e t a il P r ic e s
in

10 C it ie s ,

o f S e le c te d

D ecem b er 1 9 5 2 t o

C o m m o d it ie s

and S e r v ic e s ,

D e c e m b e r 1951**

Q u a r te r ly

E. W M N U D R E R A D ACCESSO
O E 'S N E W A N
RIES - Continued
Item and city

Spec.
No.'

1952

1953

195*

Dec.

March

June

<2/>
$ l.oli
1.02
.95
1.06
1.20
1.01
.95
1.07
1.17

$ 0.87
l.Ol*
1.05
.95
1.06
1.20
1.00
.95
1.07

$ 0.81*
1.06
1.00
.95
1.06
1.15
1.00
.95
1.07
1.10

$ 0.83
1.01*
.98
.83
(5 /)
lT ll
.98
.93
1.05
1.07

(1/5

2.21*
2.20
1.99
2.1*9
2.39
2.07
2.1*0
2.09
2.56
2.72

2.32
2.20
1.99
2.68
2.39
2.07
2.1*0
2.09
2.56
2.72

2.28
2.15
1.99
2.68
2.39
2.15
2.1*0
2.09
2.56
2.78

2.29
2.15
1.99
2.68
2.39
2.15
2.1*0
2.09
2.56
2.78

Sept.

Dec.

June

Sept.

Dec.

$ 0.83
1.01*
.91*
.82
3U/1.11*
.95
1.00
(5 /)
.95
3U/1.18

3 0.85
l.ol*
3i*/l.l3
~~ .82
3i*/l.li*
3H/1.18
.96
(5 /)
795
3U/1.18

$ 0.83
.91*
3U/1.13
“ “ .79
3i*/l.l6
37/1.16
.93
(5 /)
798
2k/1*18

2.29
2.15
1.99
2.68
2.39
2.15
2.1*0
2.09
2.56
2.78

2.29
2.15
1.99
2.63
2.39
2.15
2.1*0
2.09
2.56
2.78

2.37
2.15
1.99
2.68
2.39
2.08
2.1*0
2.09
2.56
2.78

2.37
2.15
2.06
2.68
36/1.99
2.08
2.1*0
2.09
2.56
2.78

March

H
OSE, nylon, 51 gauge, 15
denier, manufacturer' s or
distributor’ s brands, not
nationally advertised
Atlanta------- -----------Baltimore--------------Chicago—---------------Cincinnati------------- Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----— -

A-561
A-561
A-561
A-561
A-561
A-561
A-561
A-561
A-561
A-561

1 .1 k

$

0.83
$ 0.83
1.01*
1.01*
.98
.95
.77
.77
(5 /) 3U/1.15
1708 3F/ .98
1.00
.98
.93
(5 /)
.99
795
1.02 31*/1.20

G VES, ’’double woven”
LO
cotton
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago—---------------Cincinnati-------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis—----------- San Francisco———

a-580
a-580
a-58o
a-580
a-580
a-580

A-580
a-580
a-580
a-580

a n
a n
a n

2739
2.07
2.1»0
a n

2.56
2.78
F.

GIRL'S A R L
PPA E

PANTIES, cotton knit,
untrimmed
Atlanta------------------Baltimore------- --------Chicago------------------Cincinnati------------—
Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York----------------ew
Philadelphia---------- St. Louis-------- -----San Francisco—— —

A-660
A-660
A—
660
A-660
A-660
A-660
A-660
A.-660
A-660
A-660

(l/)
755
.55
.50
.61
.55
.56
.65
.57
.57

.53
•1
5*
.55
.50
.61
.53
.56
.65
.57
.56

.55
.55
.55
.50
•61
.53
.56
.65
.59
.56

.56
.55
.55
.50
.61
.53
.56
.65
.57
.56

.57
.55
.55
.50
.61
.53
.57
.65
.57
.56

.57
.55
.55
.50
.61
.53
•1
5*
.65
.57
.56

.57
.55
.55
.50
.61
.53
.53
.65
.57
.56

.57
.55
.55
.50
.61
.53
.51*
.65
.57
.56

.57
.55
.55
.50
.61
.53
.56
.65
.57
.56

A-670
A-670
A-670
A-670
A-670
A-670
A-670
A-670
A-670
A-670

(l/)
738
.36
.36
.38
•1
3*
.35
.37
•1
3*
.37

.36
.38
.36
.36
.38
•1
3*
.31*

.37
.38
.36
.36
.38
.31*
•1
3*
.37
.31*
.37

.37
.38
.36
.36
.38
•1
3*
.36
.37
.31*
.37

.37
.38
.38
.36
.38
•1
3*
.36
.37
.31*
.37

.37
.38
.38
.36
.38
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.36
.37 •

.37
.38
.38
.37
.38
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.36
.37
.31*
.37

.37
.38
.36
.37
.37
.31*
.36
.39
.31*
.37

.37
.38
.36
.37
.37
.31*
.36
.39
.31*
.37

AN LETS, cotton, combed
K
yarn
Atlanta-----------------Baltimore------- -------Chicago——————Cincinnati----- ------ Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia-----------St. Louis-------------—
San Francisco-—

S ee fo o tn o t e s

o n p a g e 1*7




.3 7

.31*
.37

.3 k

.37

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T a b le

2 -

APPAREL:

A v era g e R e t a il P r ic e s
in

10 C it ie s ,

G.

Item and city

Spec #
No#

of

S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s a n d S e r v i c e s

D ecem b er 1 9 5 2 t o

D ecem b er 1 95 U , Q u a r t e r ly

IN TS’ W A A D YA D G O S
FAN
ER N
R OD

1952

1953

195U
Sept.

Dec.

March

June

$ 3.88
3.95
3.71
3.7U
3.95
3.U6
3.70
3.79
3.7U
; 3.U5

* 3.8U
3.92
3.68
3.7U
3.92
3.U7
3.68
3.76
3.71
3.38

* 3.66
3.50
3.36
3.U7
3.58
3.28
3.U0
3.5U
3.38
3.32

* 3.U8
3.50
3.36
3.33
3.50
3.18
3.35
3.U6
3.38
3.2U

.72
.76
•6U
.67
.69
•62
.70
.67
.80
.7U

.69
.76
•6U
.67
.69
.58
.71
.67
.80
•7U

.70
.76
•6U
.67
.69
.62
.71
.67
.80
•7U

.70
.76
•6U
.67
.70
.62
•66
.67
.80
.76

.51
.53
♦50
.U3
.51
•9
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.51
.53
•9
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.53

.51
.55
.50
•U3
.53
•U9
.51
.53
•U9
.53

.51
.55
.50
.U3
.53
.U9
.51
.53
•U9
.53

•U9
.55
.50
•U3
.53
♦U9
.51
•5U
•U9
.53

Dec.

March

June

A-8U0
A-8U0
A-8U0
A-8U0
A-euo
A-8U0
A-euo
A-8U0
A-8U0
A-8U0

(i/>
$ 3.95
3.71
3.70
3.87
3.65
3.62
3.72
3.71
3-UO

* 3.83
3.96
3.71
3.7U
3.95
3.61
3.70
3.79
3.7l»
3.1*3

A-800
A-800
A-800
A-800
A-800
A-800
A-800
A-800
A-800
A-800

(1 /)
‘ .76
.66
.67
.69
.62
.73
.67
•80
•7U

A-810
A-810
A-810
A-810
A-810
A-810
A-810
A-810
A-810
A-810

(1 /)
.53
.50
♦U5
.51
•U9
.51
.53
♦U9
.53

Sept.

Dec.

* 3.68
3.75
3.53
3.U8
3.75
3.39
3.U6
3.6U
3.5U
3.28

* 3.68
3.75
3.51
3.U8
3.75
3.30
3.U6
3.6U
3.U9
3.28

* 3.68
3.75
3.U9
3.58
3.75
3.39
3.U9
3.6U
3.U9
3.28

.70
.73
•6U
.67
.67
.61
.66
.67
.80
.76

.70
.76
.66
.67
.67
.61
.68
.67
.70
.76

.67
.76
.66
.67
.67
•61
•68
.67
.80
.76

.67
.71
.66
.67
.67
.61
.68
.67
.80
.76

•U9
.55
.50
.Ul
.51
•U8
.51
.52
.U9
.53

•U9
.55
.50
•U3
•U9
•U8
.51
.52
•U9
.53

•U9
.55
.50
•U3
.51
•U7
.51
.52
•U9
.53

•U9
.55
.50
•U3
.51
•U8
.51
•52
•U9
.53

DIAPERS, cotton gauze, per
dozen
Atlanta------------------Baltimore----- —------Chicago------------------Cincinnati------------—
Detroit —---------------Los Angeles ------------N York -----------------ew
Philadelphia ----------St. Louis ---------------San Francisco---------A E TE TAFFETA, 39“ wide,
C TA
per yard
Atlanta —— ------- —
Baltimore------- -------Chicago ------------------Cincinnati — -------- Detroit -------------——
Los Angeles ----------—
N Y ork---------------- ew
Philadelphia---------- St. L ou is-------— —
San Francisco ———
PERCALE, 36" wide, per yard
Atlanta ------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago —------------- —
Cincinnati -------------Detroit ------------------Los Angeles —---------N Y ork----------------ew
Philadelphia ----------St. Louis ---------------San Francisco-------- -

See fo o t n o t e s

o n p a g e U7




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APPAREL:

A v e r a g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o l S e l e c t e d C o m m o d itie s a n d S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s . D e c e m b e r 1 9 5 2 t o D e c e m b e r 1 95 1*, Q u a r t e r l y

H.

Spec «
No.

Item and city

1952
Dec.

F UWA
OT ER
195*i

1953

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

O R S, men’ s, ca lf upper,
XFO D
Goodyear welt
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago------------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit-------------------Los Angeles------------N York----- ----------ew
Philadelphia-----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

$ 13.20 $ 1 3 .2 0
13.70
13.95
Hi.37
1U.23
12.1*5
12.U5
16.60
16.60
11.95
11.95
13.77
13.77
13.70 2A3.55
11.71* “ ll.7 li
ll*.ll*
Hi.Hi

A-700
A-700
A-700
A-700
A-700
A-700
A-700
A-700
A-700
A-700

(i/)
t U.3U
13.31
11.9ii
16.35
11.72
lb .87
13.20
11.53
(5 /)

$ 12.95
13.3U
13.31
11.95
16.35
U.72
Hi.87
I3.1i5
11.55
Hi.06

$ 13.20
13.1*5
13.89
11.95
16.60
n .9 5
15.11
13.70

A-702
A-702
A-703
A-702
A-703
A-702
A-702
A-703
A-702
A-703

(1 /)
(57)
(5 /)
(5 /)
7.65
9.1*1*
(5 /)
3.3ti
9.71
7.72

6.72
(5 /)
7783
8.61*
7.80
9.Ui
(5 /)
8715
9.71
7.79

6 .9 7

(5 /)
779li
8.1*6
7.90
9.1*1*
(5 /)
2/7796
" 9.97
7.70

6.97
8.21
8.35
37/8.56
“ 7.95
2/9.51*
“ 8.95
7.96
38/9.36
1 /7 .7 9

6.97
8.21
8.28
8.56
7.95
9.5U
2/9.15
~ 7.96
9.36
7.96

A-710
A-710
A-710
A-710
A-7 1 0
A-710
A-710
A-710
A-710
A-710

(1 /)
7.31
(5 /)
7.1*2
7.66
7.79
7.31*
7.95
7.85
7.60

6.1*8
7.32
6.9l*
7.1*5
7.68
7.79
7.30
7.97
7.86
7.62

6.58
7.32
6.9li
7.20
7.68
7.79
7.30
7.97
7.9li
7.62

6.58
7.32
6 . 9 I*
7.1*5
7.68
7.79
7.30
7.97
7.91*
7.62

6.87
7.32
6.9U
7.U5
7.68
7.79
7.30
7.97
7.9li
7.62

A-718
A-718
A-718
A-718
A-718
A-718
A-718
A-718
A-718
A-718

(1 /)
2.21*
2.38
2.20
2.1*0
2.26
2.25
2.31
2.27
2.11*.

11.711

Hi.iu

$ 1 2 .9 5

13.95
Hi .37
12.1l5
16.60
11.95
13.77
13.55
2A2.53
~ lli.51i

$ 12,95 $ 12.95
13.95
13.95
lli.37
13.91*
12.20
12. U
5
16.70
16.70
12.12
11.95
13.77
13.77
13.55
13.55
12.31*
12.53
l!,.51i
l!*.5i*

$ 12.95
13.95
13.91*
12.20
16.70
12.12
13.77
13.55
12.31*
ii*.51*

O RD men’ s, kip upper
XFO S,
(A-702) or side upper
(A-703), Goodyear welt
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago— -------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

8.56
7.95
9.51i
9.08
7.96
9.36
7.96

6.87
8.1i5
8.28
8.56
7.95
9.51i
9.03
7.96
9.36
7-96

6.87
8.21
8.1*1*
8.56
7.95
9.55
9.08
7.96
9.36
7.96

8.1*1*
8.56
7.95
9.55
9.08
7.96
9.36
7.96

6.87
7.32
6 . 9I
1
7.U5
7.60
7.79
7.30
7.97
7.9U
7.62

7.07
7.32
6.9li
7.1i5
7.60
7.79
7.30
7.97
7.9li
7.U5

7.07
7.32
7.06
7.20
7.60
7.80
7.30
7.97
7.91*
7.1*5

7.07
7.32
7.06
7.20
7.60
7.80
7.38
7.97
7.91*
7.1*5

6.97
e.ii5
8 .2 8

7.17
8 .2 1

'"O SH
RK OES, men’ s, high,
elk upper, Goodyear welt
Atlanta------------------Baltimore----- ---------Chicago------------ -----Cincinnati-------------Detroit----------------i—
Los Angeles------------N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia-----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco---------RU
BBERS, men’ s, sandal or
storm type
Atlanta------------- * —
Baltimore------- --------Chicago-----------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

See fo o t n o t e s

on page

1*7




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( I /)
(V )
(IT/)
(H/)
(IT/)
(£ /)
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(H/)
(H/)

2.18
2.35
2.38
2.20
2.35
2.1l7
2.25
2.31
2.27
2/2.26

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(I /)
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(IT/)
(I /)
(H/)

2.23
2.1*1*
2.50
2.26
2.5U
2.5U
2.50
2.32
2.35
2.38

k6
T a b le

2

-

APPAREL:

A verage
in

1 0

R e ta il
C it ie s ,

H.

Item and c ity

Spec.
No.

P r ic e s

o f

D ecem ber

S e le c te d
1952

to

C o m m o d itie s

D ecem ber

and

195 k ,

S e r v ic e s,

Q u a r te r ly

F O W A - Continued
OT ER

1952

1953

Dec.

March

(V )

$ 11.20

June

1951*

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

O R S, women’ s, ca lf or
XFO D
kid upper, Goodyear welt
Atlanta------------------Baltimore-------------—
Chicago— -------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York-----------------ew
PhiladelDhia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

A-730
A-730
A-730
A-730
A-730
A-730
A-730
A-730
A-730
A-730

$ 1 0 .3 5

1 0 .3 5

$ 11.20 $ 1 1 .2 0
1 0 .3 5
10.35
10.69
10.69
n .k 5
11.1*5
11.95
1 1 .9 5
11.11*
11 . 1k
9.75
9.75
11.20 11.20
10.70 10.78
9.5k
9.55

$ 11.20
10.35
10.69
n .k 5
12 . k5
1 1 . 1k
9.75
10.78
9.55

§ 11.20 $ 11.20
10.35
10.35
10.69
10.69
ll.k 5
n .k 5
11.96
1 1.9 5
1 1 . 1k
11.1k
10.15
9.75
1 1 .2 0
11.20
10.78
10.78
9.55
9.55

t

11.20 $ 11.20
10.35
10.35
10.9k
10.9k
n .k 5
n .k 5
1 1 .9 6
11.96
1 1 . 1k
11.1k

11.1*1*
n.l*5
11.62
11.Ik
9.75
11.20
10.70
9.5k

u.l*l»
11.U5
11.62
11.1k
9.75
11.20
10.70
9. 5 *
1

A-731*
A-731*
A-73U
A-731*
A—
731*
A-731*
A-731*
A-731*
A-731*
A-731*

(1 /)
” 8.70
(5 /)
"9.kk
7.62
9.9l*
7.61
8.62
9.61
(5 /)

8.13
8.70
(5 /)
"9.k5
7.80
9. 9*
1
7.61
8.62
9.61
9.3k

8.13
8.70
8.19
9.k5
7.80
1 0 . 1k
7.k5
8.62
9.61
9.3k

8.13
8.95
8.20
9.1*5
7.79
10.11*
7.1*5
3.62
9.61
9.51*

8.30
8.95
8.20
9.k5
7.79
1 0 . 1k
7.61
8.96
9.61
9.5k

39/8.36
“ " 8.95
8.20
9.k5
7.79
10.1k
2/7.35
“ 8.96
9.61
9.5k

8.36
8.95
8.20
9.k5
7.79
10.1k
7.35
8.96
10.11
9.5k

8.69
9.k5
7.79
1 0 . 1k
7.36
8.96
10.11
9.5k

8.95
8.69
9.k5
7.79
9.9k
7.36
.8.96
10.11
9.5k

A-7t*0
A-71*0
A-7l*0
A-71*0
A-7l*0
A-7I1
O
A-7UO
A-71*0
A-7U0
A-7U0

(l/)
"k.97
3.86
3.79
k.8l

k.39
k.97
3.86
3.79
k.82
k.k8
k.15
5.30
k.97
3.98

k.39
k.97
(5 /)
"3.79
k.82
kOA.59
k.i5
5.30
k.97
3.98

l*.39
1*.97
(5 /)
"3.99
I1. 8I
1*.19
1*.1S
5.30
1*.97
3.99

k.39
k.97
(5 /)
“ 3.99
k.8l
k.19
2/k.k2
“ 5.k7
k.97
3.99

k.78
k.97
(5 /)
"3.99
k. 81
3.99
k.k2
5.k7
k.97
3.82

k.79
2A* 81
T5/)
"3.99
k.8l
3.99
k.k2
5.63
k.97
3.32

k.99
k.8l
(5 /)
"3.99
k.8l
3.99
3.99
5.63
k.77
3.99

k.99
k.8l
(5/)"3.99
k.k8
3.99
k.13
5.63
k.77
3.99

A-760
A-761
A-760
A-761
A-760
a-760
A-761
A-761
A-760
A-760

(1 /)
"5A8

k.55
1*.63
5.k8 2/5.65
k.2k “ 1*.1*7
5.08
5.08
5.06
k.86
k.28
1*.1*8
k.77
U.77
5.k8
5.10
1*.88
k.72
U.56
k.kl

k.63
5.65
k.k7
5.08
2A.88
" k.k8
k.77
5.10
k. 66
k.60

k.63
5.k9
k.k7
5.08
k.88
k.68
k.77
5.10
k.38
k.60

k.63
5.k9
k*k7
5.08
k.88
k.98
k.77
5.10
k.88
k.67

k.63
5.5k
k.6k
5.1k
k.97
k.98
k.75
5.18
k.97
k.69

k.63
5.5k
k.6k
5.1k
k.97
5.17
k.75
5.18
k.97
k.69

1 1 .2 0

1 0.1 5
1 1 .2 0
1 0 .7 8

9.55

1 0 .1 5

11.20
10.78
9.55

PO PS, women’ s, ca lf upper,
M
cement process, leather
outsole
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago—------------- —
Cincinnati------------- Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York----------------ew
Philadelphia-------- ? St. Louis---------------San Francisco---------

8 .1 7
8 .9 5

8 .1 7

PLAY SH
OES, women’ s, elk or
suede, sp lit upper, com­
position outsole
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------- -----Chicago----------------- Cincinnati-------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles-----------N York-------- -------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis—----- ----- San Francisco---------

h .h Q

k.l5
5.30
k.97
U.15

O R S, children’ s, elk or
XFO D
side leather upper, syn­
thetic .outsole, 3-sole
stitchdown (A-760) or
Goodyear welt (A-761)
Atlanta------------------Baltimore---------------Chicago------------------Cincinnati-------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles------------N York-----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

See

fo o tn o te s

on

page k7




h .2 k

5.08
U.86
k.k7
k.72
5.35
k.61
k.kl

k.55
5.36
k.2k
5.08
k.86
k.k8
k.77
5.35
k.72
k.kl

1*7
T a b l e '2

-

APPAREL:

A verage
in

10

R e ta il
C it ie s ,

P r ic e s

D ecem ber

II.

Item and c ity

Spec*
No.

o f

1952

to

C o m m o d itie s

D ecem ber

and

195k ,

S e rv ic e s,

Q u a r te r ly

F O G A - Continued
OTER

1952
Dec.

S e le c te d

1953

195k

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

$ 2.81
2.51
3.1*6
(5 /)
I .ll
3.29
2.1*9
2.58
3.23
3.1*0

$ 2.81
2.51
3.U6
(5 /)
T.1 1

2.58
3.23
3.35

$ 2.81
2.51
3.16
(5 /)
J .ll
3.29
2.1*9
2.58
3.23
3.1*0

2.1*9
2.53
3.23
3.1*0

I 2.81
2.51
3.1*6
(5 /)
3.11
3.29
2.1*9
2.56
3.23
' 3.1*3

$ 2.81
2.51
3.1*6
(5 /)
3.05
3.31
2.1*9
2.56
3.23
3.1*3

$ 2.81
2.51
3.1*6
3.35
3.05
3.35
2.1*9
2.56
3.23
3.1*3

$ 2.31
2.51*
3.1*6
3.35
3.05
3.35
2.1*9
2.51*
3.23
3.1*8

4 2.81
2.51*
3.52
3.35
3.18
3.39
2.1*9
2.5U
3.23
3.51

(1 /)
- . 1*0
.50
.51
.1*2
.1*8
.1*0
.1*8
.1*8
.1*9

.36
.1*0
.50
.51
.1*2
.19
.1*0
.1*8
.1*8
.50

.36
.1*2
.50
.51
.1*2
.1*9
.1*0
♦ *8
1
.1*3
.50

.36
.1*2
.50
.51
.1*2
.1*9
.1*0
.1*8
.1*8
.50

.36
.1*2
•
50
.51
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.1*9
.1*0
• *8
1
.1*8
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.36
.1*2
.50
.51
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.1*9
.1*0
• *8
1
.1,3
.1*9

.36
.1*2
.50
.51
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.1*9
.1*0
• *8
1
.50
• *9
1

.36
.1*2
.50
.51
• *2
1
• *9
1
.1*0
• *6
1
.50
.1*9

.36
.1*2
.50
.51
.1*2
.1*9
• *0
1
.1*6
.50
.1*9

Sept.

Dec.

S O REPAIRS, half soles
HE
and heels for men*s street
shoes, fine grade (A-790)
or prime grade (A-79l)Ul/
Atlanta----------------Baltimore----------- —
Chicago----------------Cincinnati---------- —
Detroit----------------Los Angeles----------N York---------------ew
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-------------San Francisco--------

A-790
A-790
A-790
A-791
A-791
A-791
A-790
A-790
A-790
A-791

0

/)

3.1*6
(5 /)
l .l l

3.2U
2.U 9

3 .2 9

S O REPAIRS, heel li f t s for
HE
womens dress shoes 1*1/
Atlanta----------------Baltimore-------------Chicago----------------Cincinnati-------- -—
Detroit----------------Los An.~eles-------- —
N York---------------ew
• Philadelphia---------St, Louis-------------San Francisco--------

A-796
A-796
A-796
.‘ -796
A-796
A-796
A-796
A-796
A-796
A-796

1/ Atlanta was priced on a d iffe r e n t cy cle prio r t o 1953*
2 / Change in ou tlet sample. Quotations from ou tlets common to both old
and new samples showed no p rice change from preceding period.
jJ Change in ou tlet sample• Averages fo r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $60.56 in June 1953 and $6 l . l 8 in September 1953.
b / Seasonal item not priced th is month.
Number o f quotations fo r items conforming to s p e cifica tio n
in s u ffic ie n t fo r publication o f average p rice .
6 / Trousers o f lig h te r weight m aterial, 12-12^ o z ./y d . instead o f
13 - l t o z ./y d .
7 / Not priced prior t o 1953.
£ / Price fo r A-137.
<?/ Prices are fo r work trousers o f cotton co v e rt with weight o f
8 o z ./s q . yd. Other d eta ils are as s p e cifie d fo r A-170.
10/ Prices are fo r pajamas o f broadcloth 100 or 112x60 and have 52 to 53
yd. 7 doz.
11/ Change in ou tlet sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $0.62 in June 195b and $0.6b in September 195b.
12 / l l - l l £ oz. rayon/acetate gabardine instead o f lb oz. as s p e cifie d .
1 3 / Change in outlet sample. Averages fo r stores common to both old and
new samples were $5.2b fo r June 1953 and $5.b8 fo r September 1953.
l b / Price fo r A-371.
15/ Change in ou tlet sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common to both old and
new samples were $28.70 fo r December 1953and $28.66 fo r September 195b.
16/ Change in ou tlet sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $29*12 in December 1952 and $30.92 in September 1953*
17/ Not priced before September 195b.
T8 / Change in ou tlet sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common to both old and
new samples were $b0.71 in September 1953 and $b2.b5 in March 195b.
19 / Change in ou tlet sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $b2.b0 in March 1953 and $b6 . l 6 in September 1953*
2 0 / Price fo r A-b31.
2 l / Change in ou tlet sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $39*95 in December 1953 and $37.98 in September 195b.
22/ Change in ou tlet sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common to both old and
new samples were $ 38.66 in March 195b and $37*39 in September 195b.
23 / Not priced before September 1953*




2b/ Price fo r A-b56.
2J>/ Quotations fo r blouses p rio r t o the introduction o f alternate s p e c ifi­
cation A-b6l in 1953 were f o r q u a litie s that d iffe r e d from store t o store in
many cases.
26 / Change in ou tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $17.bl in December 1952 and $16.92 in September 195b.
27/ Change in ou tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tle ts common t o both old and
new samples were $18 .3 3 in December 1952 and $17*33 in June 1953.
28/ Change in o u tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $8.76 in March 1953 and $9.57 in June 1953.
2 g / Change in o u tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common to both old and
new samples were $7«95 in June 1953 and $8.20 in March 195b.
30/ Change in ou tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $7.91 in June 1953 and $ 8 .l6 in March 195b.
31/ Change in o u tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $8.35 in June 1953 and $8.55 in March 195b.
32/ Beginning June 195b, s lip s priced under A-530 include crepes s p e cifie d
and a ls o those with mixture o f 10-12$ nylon. At the same time, trimmed s lip s
o f the same m aterials were introduced in to pricin g under alternate s p e c ific a ­
tio n A-531.
33 / Change in ou tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tle ts common t o both old and
new samples were $ l.b 2 in December 1953 and $1.31 in March 195b.
3b/ Price fo r 60 gauge, 15 denier.
35 / Change in ou tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tlets common to both old and
new samples were $1.10 in December 1953 and $1.05 in March 195b.
Price fo r "double woven” nylon.
Change in o u tlet sample. Averages f o r ou tle ts common t o both old and
new samples were $8 .b 6 in June 1953 and $8.71 in September 1953*
38/ Change in o u tlet sample. Averages f o r ou tlets common t o both old and
new samples were $9*97 in June 1953 and $9.72 in September 1953.
39/ Change in ou tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tle ts common t o both old and
new samples were $8 . l 6 in December 1953 and $8 .3 6 in March 195b.
bo/ Change in ou tle t sample. Averages fo r ou tle ts common t o both old and
new samples were $b.b8 in March 1953 and $b.7b in June 1953.
b l / R etail sales taxes on materials are Included in the p rices in c it i e s in
which sales taxes are e f fe c t iv e . (See appendix D)

f

W
T a b le

3

-

T R A N S P O R T A T IO N :
in

1 0

C it ie s ,

Spec*
No*

Item and city

A verage
D ecem ber

R e ta il
1952

1952
Dec.

to

P r ic e s

o f

D ecem ber

S e le c te d
195U ,

C o m m o d itie s

and

S e rv ic e s,

Q u a r te r ly

1953
March

June

195*<
Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

A T M B E TIRE, loir
U O O IL
pressure, 6*70x15 1 / 2/
T-300
T-300
T-300
T-300
T-300
T-300
T-300
T-300
T-300
T-300

Atlanta----------------Baltimore— ---------Chicago---------- ------Cincinnati— -----—
Detroit---------------- Los Angeles----------N York-—----------ew
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-------------San Francisco--------

(3 /)
27.7U
2U.07
25.S7
2U.63
2lu66
23.23
22.81
2U.07
23.17

2U.19
23.73
2U.06
25.56
23.73
2U.6U
23.22
22.81
2U.06
2U.32

2U.19
23.73
2U.06
25.55
2U.62
2U.6U
23.22
22.81
2U.8U
2U.32

2U.19
23.73
2U.06
25.55
2U.62
2U.53
23.22
23.81
2U.8U
2U.32

2U.82
2U.28
2U.61
26.06
25.76
25.81
21.75
2U.U3
25.Ul
2U.89

2U.U8
2U.27
2U.58
25.U9
25*73
25*78

T-UOO
T-UOO
T-UOO
T-UOO
T-UOO
T-UOO
T-UOO
T-UOO
T-UOO
T-UOO

(3h
.27
.27
.26
.27
.25
.27
.26
.23
.26

.29
.27
.28
.26
.27
.27
.27
.26
.26
.28

.29
.28
.28
.26
.29
.27
.28
.27
.26
.28

.30
.30
.29
.28
.30
.29
.29
.28
.27
.30

.30
.29
.29
.28
.30
.28
.29
.28
.27
.30

*30
.29
.29

(3 / )
1 T3.29
.29
.28
.29
.28
.29
.29
.23
.28

$ 0.31
.29
.30

$ 0.31
.30
.30
.28
.31
.30
.30
.29
.28
.31

(3 /)
.32
.32
.30
.37
•3
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.39
.30
.39
.U2

.30
.32
.32
.30
.37
(5 /)

2 1 .2 1

2U.1U
25*38
2U.86

2U.63

2 1 .2 0

2 0 .6 6

22.23
19*32

2U.58
2 1 .9 0

2 2 .1 2

23*62
20.99
19*63
21.U2

22.67

2 0 .0 2

2U.86

2 1 .1 0
1 8 .8 0

22.63
2U.23
22.27

2 1 .6 2
2 2 .2 8

19-70
23.25
22.92
21.77
20.06
23.1U
2U.03
22.99

GASOLINE, regular, per gal*
U

Atlanta—— ------- —
Baltimore-------------Chicago—-------------Cinc innat i —------- —
Detroit-----------------Los Angeles--------- N York------------- —
ew
Philadelphia---------St. Louis--------------San Francisco-----—

.2 8

.30
.23
.29
.29
.27
.30

.30
.29*
.29
.27
.30
.2 8

.29
.29
.27
.30

•30*
.30
.29
.27
.30
.27
.29
.29

.30
.30
.29
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*30
.27
.29
.29

.2 1

.2 0

.30

.30

.32
.31
.30
.32
.30
.31
.31
.29
.33

.33
.31
.30
.32
.30
.31
.31
.2U
.33

.32
.31
.30
.32
.30
.31
.31
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.33

.31
.37
.36
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“ .38
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6
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.32
•3
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.U7

.31
.37
U/.U5
U/.U7
" .38

.31
.37
U/.U5
H/.U7
“ .33
•U
6
.Ul
.32
.U3
.U7

GASOLINE, premium, per
gal. 2/

0
1
0
1
0
1
01
-[| 1
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1

AtlantaB a l timore-------ti
Chicago*-------Cincinnati-----Detroit---------

T-U
T-U
T-U
T-U
T
T-U
T-U
T -U
T-U
T-U

Lo s A n g e le s—
New Y o rk -------P h il a d e l p h i a S t . L o u is -----San I'r a n e is c o -----

.28

.29
.30
.29

.29
.28

.31

0.32
.32
.31
.31
.32
.31
.31
.30
.29
.33

0.32
.32
.31
.31
.32
.31
.31
.31
.29
.33

$ 0.33
.32
.31
.31
.32
.31
.31
.31
.29
.33

.31
.36
.36

.31
.36
.36

h i .h i
~ .38

h i .h i
~ .38

•U
5
.Uo
.32
•3
U
•U
5

•U
6
.Ul
.32
.U3
.hi

.31
.37
.36
U/.U7
“ .38
.U6

%

%

MOTOR O IL , r e g u la r (T -U lO )
o r premium ( T - U l l ) , per
q u a rt 2 /
A t l a n t a --------------------------

B a ltim o re -----------------C h ic a g o --------------------C i i c i n n a t i ----------------

Detroit-----------------Los / n g e le s -------------New Y o rk ------------------° h ila d e lc h ia ------------S t . L o u is ---------------------San 'iv n e i s c o -----------

See

fo o tn o te s

on

page




U9

T-U lO
T-U lO
T -U lO
T -U lO
T -U lO
T - U ll
T - U ll
T-U lO
T - U ll
T -U ll

< sn

.30
(5/3
(F/)

.30
.32
.3U
.30
.37
(5 /)
739
.30
.U2
(5 /)

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.32
•3
U
•U
?

•U6

.Ul
.32
•U
3
.h i

T a b le

3

-

T R A N S P O R T A T IO N :
in

R e ta il

C itie s ,

P r ic e s

D ecem ber

1952

1952

Spec.
No.

Item and city

A verage
10

o f

S e le c te d

to

C o m m o d itie s

D ecem ber

195 k ,

and

S e rv ic e s,

Q u a r te r ly

-

C o n tin u e d

1953

195*t

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

(6 /)
(5 /)

21.78
21.1(3
26.0U
25.59
22.21
20.78
26.30
22.1t3
2li.29
25.16

21.20
22.2k
25.71
25.6k
22.8k
21.02
27.57
22.65
2U.7U
23.57

21.k3
22.66
25.36
25.76
22.97
19.65
27.57
25.03
2k.7k
23.71

21.k3
22.66
25.22
25.76
23.3k
19.06
28.k9
23.28
2k.87
25.05

21.60
22.66
25.50
26.0k
23.87
21.00
28.83
23.81
7/26.k9
~ 2k.13

21.60
22.66
26.6k
26.0k
23.87
19.02
28.83
23.81
27.2k
23.56

21.65
22.66
25.07
26.0k
22.86
22. kl
28.83
23.31
27.k9
25.12

21.65
22.66
2k.35
26.37
2k. 77
22.kl
28.55
23.81
27. k9
25.12

1.12
1.13
1.50
1.21
1.08
1.29
l.k l
1.12
1.33
1.50

1.19
1.13
1.56
1.25
1.1k
1.33
l.k l
1.19
1.33
1.5k

1.19
1.13
1.56
8/1.38
7/1.19
7/1.31
~ l.k l
1.19
9/l.kk
“ 1.5k

1.19
1.13
1.56
1.38
1.19
1.31
l.k l
1.25
l.kk
9A . 5o

1.19
1.13
1.56
1.38
1.19
1.31
9/l.k3
~ 1.25
l.kk
1.50

1.19
1.13
1.56
1.38
1.19
1.31
1.33
1.25
l.kk
1.56

1.19
1.13
1.56
1.38
1.19
1.31
1.38
1.25
l.kk
1.56

1.19
1.13
1.56
l.k2
1.19
1.31
1.38
1.25
l.kk
1.56

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

B A E RELIN G 2/
RK
IN
Atlanta-----------------Baltimore---------------Chicago------------------Cincinnati— -------- Detroit------------------Los .Angeles------------N York----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco----------

T-500
T-500
T-500
T-500
T-500
T-500
T-500
T-500
T-500
T-500

(W )

(* /)
(5 /)
m
% /)

(3 /)
(3 /)
(3 /)

CHASSIS LUBRICATION,
automobile
Atlanta-----------------Baltimore---------------Chicago------------------Cincinnati-------------Detroit------------------Los Angeles-------- -—
N York----------------ew
Philadelphia----------St. Louis---------------San Francisco---------STREETCAR FARE,

cash,

T-510
T-510
T-510
T-510
T-510
T-510
T-510
T-510
T-510
T-510

o n

T.09
1 .5 0

1.21
1.08
1.25
i.k i
1.12
1.25
1.U6

per

ride 10/
Atlanta----------------Baltimore-------------Chicago-----------------Cincinnati------------Detroit----------------Los Angeles---------- N York---------------ew
Philadelphia--------S t . Louis----- — —
San Francisco--------

t -800

T-800
T-800
T-800
T-800
T-800
T-800
T-800
T-800
T-800

$

(3 /)
3.17
.20
.17
.20
.15
.08
.15
.20
.15

#

0 .1 5

$ 0 .1 5

.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.08
.15
.20
.15

.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.08
.15
.20
.15

.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.15
.15
.20
.15

.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.15
.15
.20
.15

.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.15
.18
.20
.15

$ 0.15
.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.15
.18
.20
.15

3 0.15
.18
.20
.20
.20
.15
.15
.18
.20
.15

$ 0.15
.18
.20
<20
.20
.15
.15

.15
.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.10
.15
.20
.15

.15
.17
.20
.20
.20
.1^
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.15
.20
.15

.15
.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.12
.15
.20
.15

*15
.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.12
.15
.20
.15

.15
.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.lk
.18
.20
.15

.15
.17
.20
.20
.20
.15
.lk
.18
.20
.15

.15
.18
.20
.20
.20
.15
.lk

.15
.18
.20
.20
.20
.15
.lk
.18
.20
.15

$

0 .1 5

$

0 .1 5

$

0 .1 5

.18

.20
.15

B S FARE, cash, per ride 1<¥
U
Atlanta---------------- Baltimore------------- Chicago----------------Cincinnati------------Detroit----------------Los Angeles----------N York---------------ew
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-------------San Francisco----- —

T-820
T-820
T-820
T-820
T-820
T-820
T-820
T-820
T-820
T-820

o n

~.17
.20
.17
.20
.15
.10
.15
.20
.15

.18

.20
.15

1 / P r i o r t o Septem ber 195 k , one t i r e was p r i c e d . B e g in n in g Septem ber 195 k, th e number o f t i r e s p r i c e d depen ded on th e number o f
t i r e IT m ost commonly s o l d t o cu s to m e rs a t one t im e . The p r i c e f o r more th a n one t i r e was c o n v e r t e d t o th e p r i c e f o r one t i r e .
2 / P r i c e s in c lu d e a l l a p p l i c a b l e F e d e r a l, S t a t e , and l o c a l t a x e s (S e e a p p e n d ix D ).
3
3 / A t la n t a was p r i c e d on a d i f f e r e n t c y c l e p r i o r t o 1 95 3. k / P r i c e f o r T - k l l . I f R e g u la r g r a d e o n l y p r i c e d .
5 / P r i o r t o 1 95 3, in fo r m a t io n was o b t a in e d o n l y fro m d e a l e r r e p a i r s h o p s .
.
.
^
.
___
.
__ 4
7 / Change in o u t l e t sa m p le . A v e ra g e s f o r o u t l e t s common t o b o t h o l d and new sam ples w ere $ 2 5 .2 * i n Decem ber 1953 and $ 2 5 .5 7 in
M a r c h /1 9 5 k ^ ^
S e p tem b er^ l9 5 3 •^

ottti e t

sam ple • A v e ra g e s f o r o u t l e t s common t o b o t h

o l d and new sam ples w ere $ 1 .3 1 i n June 1953 and $ 1 .3 8 in

gample# QUOta t i o n s from o u t l e t s in b o t h o l d

and new sam ples showed n o p r i c e change fro m p r e c e d in g p e r i o d .

1 0 / T -8 0 0 I n c lu d e s f a r e s f o r s u r f a c e t r o l l e y , t r o l l e y c o a c h , subw ay, and e l e v a t e d t r a i n .
I n many c i t i e s , f a r e s may b e p u rch a se d f o r
c a s F p e r s i n g l e r i d e ( a s p u b lis h e d f o r T -8 0 0 and T -8 2 0 ) o r f a r e s may b e p u rch a se d a s m u l t i p l e u n i t s b y p u r c h a s in g to k e n s o r t i c k e t s , o r
p a s s e s o f v a r i o u s k in d s . The c o s t o f one r i d e u n d e r t o k e n , t i c k e t , o r p a s s p u r c h a s e s i s u s u a l l y l e s s th an th e c a s h f a r e .




5o
Table

U-

MEDICAL CARE:

A verage
in

R e ta il
C it ie s ,

1952

P r ic e s

o f

D ecem ber

S e le c te d
1952

to

C o m m o d itie s

D ecem ber

195k ,

and

S e r v ic e s,

Q u a r te r ly

1953

195$

Spec*
No.

Dec*

M-100
M-110
M-100
M-110
M-100
M-110
M-110
M-100
M-100
M-100

(i/)
$0.85
*96
*8U
3/.9T
371*22
" 1.07
.81*
♦
7U
.86

$ 1.02
.85
.96
.8U
3/1.00
3/1.22
" 1.07
.8U
•7U
.86

$ 0.90
.85
.96
.8U
3/1.00
3/1.22
" 1.07
•8U
•7U
.86

$

0.92
.85
.96
•8U
3/1.00
3/1.29
" 1.05
•3U
.7U
.89

0.90
$ 0.96
.85
*85 ~
.96
.96
•8
U
•8U
3/1.00
3/1.06
3/1.29 3/1.29
" 1.07 " 1.12
•8U
.91
.80
.78
.89
.89

$ 1.02
.85
.96
•8U
3A.06
V 1.29
" 1.12
.91
.80
.92

$

1.02
.85
.96
•8U
3/1.06
3/1.29
" 1.12
.91
.80
.92

1.09
.85
.96
•8U
3/1.06
3/1.29
" 1.10
.91
.80
.92

M-120
M-120
M-120
M-120
M-120
M-120
M-120
M-120
M-120
V-120

(1 /)
" .98
1.29
1.19
3/1.08
3/1.20
“ 1.12
.95
.92
1.11

1.18
.98
1.29
1.19
3/1.08
3/1.16
" 1.12
.95
.92
1.11

1.18
.98
1.3U
1.25
3/1.05
3/1.16
" 1.1?
1.02
1.05
1.11

1.18
.98
1.3U
1.25
3/1.08
3/1.22
" 1.09
1.02
1.05
1.11

1.18
.98
1.3U
1*25
3/1.08
3 /1 .2U
" 1.09
1.09
1.05
1.16

U/1.09
" .98
1.3U
1.25
3/1.15
3 /1 .2U
" 1.09
1.20

1.19
.98
1.3U
1.25
3/1.15
3/1.21
" 1.09
1.20
1.05
1.22

1.19
.98
1.3U
1.25
3/1.18
3/1.21
" 1.09
1.20
1.11
1.22

1.19
.98
1.3U
1.25
3/1.20
3/1.21
" 1.09
1.26
1.11
1.22

M-130
M-130
M-130
M-130
M-130
M-130
M-130
M-130
M-130
M-130

Item and city
A.

10

(1 /)
"2.61
3.U
S
2.8U
3/3.31
“ 3.38
2.8L
3.08
2.90
2.66

3.36
2.61
3.U1
2.8U
3/2.95
’ 3.38
2.8U
3.08
2.90
2.66

3.2U
2.61
3.31
2.8U
3/2.95
" 3.38
2.61
2.58
2.90
2.66

3.2U
2.61
3.31
2.8U
3/2.95
" 2.96
2.6U
2.58
2.90
2.72

3.2U
2.61
3.31
2.8U
3/2.95
2.96
2.65
2.58
2.90
2.72

5/3.06
2.61
3.31
2.8U
3/2.95
” 2.96
2.58
2.60
2.99
2 .8 2

3.12
2.61
3.31
2.8U
3/2.95
" 2.8U
2.58
2.60
2.99
2.76

2.62
2.61
3.29
2.8U
3/2.90
" 2.8U
2.58
2.60
2.99
2.76

2.62
2.U3
3.29
2.8U
3/2.90
" 2.8U
2.67
2.60
2.99
2.72

M-150
M-150
m i 5o
m
-150
M-150
M-150
M-150
m
-150
M-150
M 50
-1

(1 /)
"3.05
3.56
3.07
3.95
3.08
3.U6
3.11
3.55
U.62

3.11
3.05
3.38
3.07
3.95
3.08
3.U6
3.11
3.55
U.62

3.11
3.05
3.56
3.07
3.95
3.08
3.U6
3.11
3.55
U.62

3.11
3.10
3.56
3.07
3.95
3.08
3.U6
3.11
3.53
U.62

3.11
3.10
3.56
3.07
U.oi
3.08
3.50
3.11
3.53
U.62

3.11
3.10
3.U9
3.07
U.oi
3.08
3.50
3.11
3.53
U.62

3.11
3.10
3.U9
3.07
U.oi
3.08
3.50
3.11
3.53
U.62

3.11
3.10
3.52
3.07
U.06
3.08
3.50
3.11
3.53
U.62

3.11
3.10
3.52
3.07
U.06
3.08
3.50
3.11
3.53
U.62

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

MEDICINE

PRESCRIPTION, NON NARCOTIC
d isp e n se d (M ) or com­
pounded (M ) , p e r dozen
c a p s u le s

100
110

A t la n t a - ----------------------B a ltim o re --------------------C h ic a g o ------------------------C in c i n n a t i — ---------------D e t r o i t -----------------------Lo s A n g e le s ------- ---------New Y o rk ----------------------P h ila d e lp h ia ---------------S t* L o u is --------------------San F r a n c is c o - -------------

$

PRESCRIPTION, NARCOTIC
l i q u i d , per
ounces

3

A t la n t a -----------------------B a ltim o re --------------------C h ic a g o -----------------------C i n c i n n a t i - -----------------D e t r o it -----------------------Lo s A n g e le s ----------------New Y o rk ----------------------P h ila d e lp h ia ---------------S t . L o u is --------------------San F r a n c is c o --------------

1 .0 5

1.22

PRESCRIPTION, P E N IC IL L IN ,
per
ta b le ts

2
h

A t la n t a -----------------------B a ltim o re --------------------C h ic a g o -----------------------C i n c i n n a t i ------------------D e t r o it -----------------------Los A n g e le s -----------------New Y o rk ----------------------P h ila d e lp h ia ---------------S t , L o u is --------------------San F r a n c is c o --------------

c
per

100 c a p s u le s

A t la n t a ------------------------ B a ltim o re ----------------------C h ic a g o -------------------------C in c i n n a t i --------------------D e t r o i t -------------------------Los A n ge le s------------------New Y o rk -----------------------P h ila d e lp h ia -----------------S t . L o u is ----------------------San F r a n c is c o ----------------

See

fo o tn o te s

on

page




53

51

T a b le

U

-

M E D IC A L

CARE:

A verage
in

R e ta il
C it ie s ,

1952

P r ic e s

o f

D ecem ber

S e le c te d
1?52

to

C o m m o d itie s

D ecem ber

195U ,

and

S e rv ic e s,

Q u a r te r ly

-

Dec.

March

June

$ 0.U3
•U
3
•U
3
.U3
.U
O
•U
3
•U
3
•U
3
•U
U
•U
3

1 0.U3
•U
3
•3
U
.U3
.U
O
•U
3
•U
3
•U
3
.U
U
*U
3

$ 0.U2
.U3
.U3
•U
3
.U
O
•U
3
.U3
.U3
.bU
.U3

I 0.U2
•U
3
•U
3
•U
3
•U
2
.U3
•U
3
•3
U
•U
U
•3
U

8.50
8 .5 0
9.88
9.25
12.60
12.20
9.88
9.88
13.31
13.69
16.70
16.30
6/13.U 6/13.60
O
5/10.62 5/10.95
“ 8.38
8.62
17.81
17.9U

8.50
9.88
12.60
9.88
1U.19
16.90
6/13.60
5/10.95
“ 8.75
17.9U

8.50
9.88
12.80
9.88
1U.19
16.90
6/13.60
5A1.20
~ 8.75
17.9U

9.00
9.88
12.80
10.12
1U.19
16.90
6 / 1 3.60
5/11.20
" 9.12
19.19

9.81
11.25
1U.60
13.50
15.UU
18.70
16.U0
12.62
10.60
20.56

9.81
11.25
15.00
13.50
15.U
U
18.70
16. U
O
13.38
10.60
20.56

10.19
11.25
15.20
13.88
15 .uu
18.70
16.60
13.38
10.90
21.69

11.62
12.62
16.90
15.88
18.19
22.00
22.60
15.12
13.50
23.81

11.75
12.62
17.30
15.88
18.19
22.00
22.60
16.12
13.50
23.81

12.38
12.62
17.50
16.25
18.19
22.00
23.U
O
16.12
13.80
25.19

1953

Spec*
No*

Item and city
A.

10

Dec*

March

June

M-170
M-170
M-170
K-170
M-170
M-170
M-170
M-170
M-170
M-170

(i/)
r o .3 9
.39
.39
*38
*39
.39
.39
.38
.39

$ 0.38
.39
.39
.39
.38
.39
.39
.39
.38
.39

$ o.uo
•i*3
.U3
.1+
3
.Uo
•U
3
• *3
1
•U
3

M-200
M-200
M-200
M-200
M-200
M-200
(6 /)
M-?00
M-200

a /)
” 9.00
10.95
8.88
13.06
11*.80
6/12.60
5/10.00
7.62
16.38

8.5b
9.25
11.15
9.62
13.31
lit. 80
6/12.80
5/10.12
8.12
17.12

8.50
9 . 2s
11.15
9.88
13.31
15.00
6/12.80
5/10.38
” 8.12
17.12

M-2C1
M-201
M-201
M-201
M-201
M-201
M-201
M-201
M-201
M-201

(1 /)
10.88
13.10
11.75
114.69
16.80
15.60
11.62
9.30
17.83

10.06
13.30
12.75
llt.9li
16.80
15.60
12.12
•9.70
18.50

10.06
10.50
13.50
13.00
1U.9U
17.00
15.60
12.38
10.00
18.50

M-202
M-202
M-202
M-202
M-202
Iw-202
M-202
M-202
M-202
M-202

(1 /)
12.88
15.30
lU.OO
18.19
18. U
O
20.80
13.38
12.70
21.25

12.75
12.12
15-50
15.00
18.UU
18.U0
21.00
1U.38
13.10
21.62

12.75
12.12
15.50
15.25
18.UU
18.60
21.00
lU.88
13.10
22.12

C o n tin u e d

• 1
195 *
Sept.

Sept.

Dec.

M D IN - Continued
E IC E

M
ILK O M N
F AG ESIA, nationally
advertised brands, per 12ounce bottle
Atlanta----------------------Baltimore--------------------Chicago----------------------Cincinnati------------------Detroit-----------------------Los Angeles----------------N York--------------------ew
Philadelphia---------------San Francisco--------------

B.

.h o
•h2

$ 0.U3
•U
3
•3
U
.U3
.h o
.h 3
.h 3
.1 3
.h o
•h3

*

0.U2
•3
U
•U
3
•U
3
.U2
.U3
•3
U
•3
U
.U
U
•3
U

H
OSPITAL SERVICES

M N PA W R , per day
E »S Y A D
Atlanta-----------------------Baltimore-------------------Chicago-----------------------Cincinnati------------------Detroit-----------------------Los Angeles-----------------N York---------------------ew
Philadelphia---------------St. Louis--------------------San Francisco---------------

(V )

8 .5 0

9.25
11.25
9.88
13.31
16.30
6/13.U
O
5/10.62
8.00
17.12

3EM
I-PRIVATE R O , per day
OM
Atlanta-----------------------Baltimore-------------------Chicago-----------------------Detroit-----------------------Los Angeles-----------------Philadelphia---------------St. Louis--------------------San Francisco--------------

1 0 .5 0

10.06

10.06-

1 0 .5 0

1 0 .5 0

13.60
13.50
1U.69
18.30
15.80
12.38
10.00
19.75

1U.20
13.50
1U.69
18.30
16.00
12.38
10.30
20 .U
U

9.81
11.25
1U.60
13.50
1U.9U
18.50
16.U0
12.62
10.50
20.56

12.00
12.12
15.60
15.88
17.31
21.00
21.60
1U.88
13.10
23.00

12.00
12.12
16.30
15.88
17.31
21.00
21.60
1U.88
13.20
23.69

11.62
12.62
16.90
15.88
17.69
22.00
22.00
15.12
13.U
O
23.81

PRIVATE R O , per day
OM
Baltimore--------------------Chicago-----------------------Cincinnati------------------Detroit-----------------------Los Angeles-----------------N York---------------------ew
Philadelphia---------------St. Louis--------------------San Francisco--------------

See

fo o tn o te s

on

page

>3




T a b le

U

-

M E D IC A L

CARE:

A verage
in

Spec.
No.

Item and city
C.

10

R e ta il
C it ie s ,

1952

P r ic e s

o f

D ecem ber

S e le c te d
1952

to

C o m m o d itie s

D ecem ber

and

195U ,

S e r v ic e s,

Q u a r te r ly

-

C o n tin u e d

1953

Dec.

March

L-3 00
i
N 00
-3
M 00
-3
M-300
M 00
-3
M-300
M-300
M-300
M 00
-3
M-300

( 1/ )
2.60
2.67
2.75
3.33
U.17

$

M-306
M-306
M-306
M-306
M-306
M-306
M-306
K
-306
M-306
M-306

a n

M-320
M-320
M-320
M-320
M-320
M-320
M-320
M-320
M-320
M-320

( 1/ )
IT S

195^

June

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

3.33
2.60
2.67
2.75
3.33
it.17
3.50

$ 3.33
2.60
2.67
2.75
3.33
U.17
3.50

* 3.33
2.60
2.67
2.75
3.33
U.17
3.67

$ 3.50
2.60
2.83
2.75
3.33
U.17
3.33

$ 3.50
2.60
2.33
2.75
3.50
U.33
3.83

Sept.

Dec.

PROFESSIONAL SERV ICES

OFFICE V I S I T , t o p h y s ic ia n
A t la n t a ------------------------B a ltim o re ------------------C h ic ago 7/----------------C i n c i n n a t i -----------------D e t r o it 8/ ----------------Lo s AngeTes 7 /----------New Y o rk 8/-~------------P h ila d e lp h ia -------------S t . L o u is ------------------San F r a n c is c o -------------

3 .5 0

2.80
2.71
h .6 7

2 .8 0

2 .8 0

2 .8 0

2.71
1.67

2.71
U.67

2.71
U.67

# 3.50
2.60
2.83
2.75
3.33
U.17
3.83
2.90
2.71
U.67

5.17
3.60
U 0
.0

5.50
3.60
U 0
.0
3.83

5.50
3.60
U 0
.0
U.0 0

5.67
3.60
U.0 0
U.33

2 .9 0

2 .8 8

2.71
U.67

2.71
U.67

5.83
3.60
U 0
.0
U.33

5.67
3.60
U 0
.0
U.38
5.17
6 .U2
U.33
U 0
.0
U.U3
7.25

3 3.67
2.60
2.83
2.75
3.67
U.33
3.83
2.90
2.71
U.67

$

3.67
2.60
3 .0 0

2.92
3.67
U.33
3.83
2.90
3 .0 0

U.67

HOUSE V IS I T , by p h y s ic ia n
A t la n t a ----------- -----------B a ltim o re --------------------C h ic a go 7 /----------------C i n c i n n a t i ----------------D e t r o it 8/ ----------------Los AngeTes 7 /----------N Y o rk 8/ - - ------------ew
P h il a d e l o h i s -------------S t . L o u is --------------------San F r a n c is c o --------------

~3.60
U 0
.0
3.83
5 .0 0

3 .8 3
5 .0 0

5 .0 0

5 .0 0

5 .0 0

5 .0 0

6.25
U.33

6.25
1 .33
a

6.25
U.33

3 .8 0
it.29

3.-80

3 .8 0

U.29
7.25

U.29
7.25

6.25
u .33
3.80
U.29
7.25

6.25
U.33
U.0 0
U.29
7.25

6.25
U.33
U 0
.0
U.U3
7.25

137.50

137.50

1 15 .0 0
1 61 .0 0

1 15 .0 0

7.25

5.67
3.60
U 0
.0
U.33
5.50
6 .U
2
14.33
lj

.00
h 3
.U
7.25

5.67
3.60
U.33
U.33
5.50
6 .U2
U.33
U 0
.1
U.71
7.25

APPENDECTOMY, su rge o n »s
u s u a l fee e x c lu d in g
a n e sth e tic
A t la n t a -------------- -------B a ltim o re ------------------C h ic ago 7/----------------C i n c i n n a t i ----------------D e t r o it 8/ ----------------Los AngeTes 7 /----------N York 8/ - - ------------ew
P h ila d e lp h ia — ---------St. L o u is --------------------San F r a n c is c o --------------

.0
0

1U1.67
123.33
161.00
133.33

1U5.83 1U5.33
123.33
123.33
165.00 UA62.50
” 133.33
133.33

1 50 .0 0

1 50.00

1 50 .0 0

U/191.67
175.00 U/183.33 ” 183.33
1L0.00
lLO.OO - 1U .Q0
0
15U.17
15U.17
15U.17
185.00 185.00 U/187.50

191.67
183.33
IU0 .0 0
15U.17
187.50

191.67
183.33
1U0.0Q
15U.17

167.50

133.33
15U.17
191.67
183.33
1 U .0 0
0
15U.17
187.50

6U.17
U6.67
U/70.83
“ 60*83
60.00
87.50
87.50
51.67
70.83
79.17

6U.17
U6.67
70.83
60.83
‘61.67
9/95.83
~ 87.50
51.67
70.83
79.17

161.00
133.33

133.33

161.00
133.33

1 5 0 .0 0
2 00 .0 0

1 50 .0 0
2 00 .0 0

150 .0 0
200 .0 0

175.00

1 0.00
L
150.00
185.00

1U5.63
123.33
162 .5 0

llt5.83
123.33
151.17
133.33
151i.l7
191.67
183.33

1U5.83

1(0.00
1

15U.17
133.33
15U.17
191.67
183.33
IUO.0 0

158.33
187.50

160.00
187.50

62i.l7
li6.67
70.83
60.83
65.33
95.83
87.50
51.67
70.83
79.17

65.00
U8.33
70.83
61.67
67.50
95.33
87.50
53.33
70.83
79.17

1 2 5 .0 0

TO SILLE TO Y,
N
C M

s p e c i a l i s t »s
u s u a l fe e e x c lu d in g
a n e st h e t ic
A t la n t a -------------------- B a lt im o r e - ----------------C h ic a g o 7/----------------C in c i n n a t i ----------------D e t r o it / ----------------Los AngeTes 7/----------N Y o rk / - ” -------------ew
P h ila d e lp h ia ---------------S t . L o u is --------------------San F r a n c is c o --------------

8
8

See

fo o tn o te s

on

page




53

M
-32U
M
-32U
M
-32U
M
-32U
M-321
M
-32U
M
-32U
M
-32U
K-32U
M
-32U

1
65.00
60.00

61.67

59.17
91.67
, 87.50
51.67

75.00

( /)

115*00

70.00

61.67
U5.00

61.67
U5.83

61.67
U5.83

59.17
91.67
87.50
51.67

60.00
60.00
91.67
87.50
51.67

60.33
60.00
87.50
87.50
51.67

79.17

79.17

79.17

60.83
60.00
87.50
87.50
51.67
70.83
79.17

15.00

65.00
6 0 .0 0

70.00

65.00

70.00

70.00

70.00

70.00

53
T a b le

it -

MEDICAL CARE:

A v era g e R e t a il P r ic e s
in

Item and city

10 C it ie s ,

D ecem b er 1 9 5 2 t o

1952

Spec.
No.

Dec.

M-350
K-350
M-350
M-350
M-350
m
-350
m
-35o
m
-350
M-350
M-350

o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s a n d S e r v i c e s ,
D ecem b er 1 9 5 k *

Q u a r te r ly

-

C o n tin u e d

March

Jwne

1953

March

June

$"3.83
U.17
3.57
U.08
6.08
U.50
It. 33
U.17
5.75

3 3.67
3.83
b.17
3.U3
U.08
6.08
U.50
1.33
U.17
5.75

? 3.67
3.83
It.17
3.U3
It.25
6.1t2

M-352
M-352
m
-352
M-352
M-352
M-352
M-352
M-352
M-352
M-352

a /)
"lt.5o
lt.5o
It.33
It. 83
6.33
It.67
It. 83
It.33
7.17

¥-360
M-360
M-360
M-360
M-360
M-360
¥-360
M-360
M-360
M-360

(1 /)

195U

Sept.

Dec.

Sept.

Dec.

C. PROFESSION SERVICES
AL
Continued
T O H FILLING, amalgam, one
OT
surface
Atlanta------------------Baltimore----------------Chicago 7 / --------------Cincinnati--------------Detroit 8/ --------------Los Angeles 7/ ---------N York 8 /- - ----------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco—---------

( i/)

lt.5o
It.17
5.75

$U
.00
3.83
U.33
3.U3
U.25
6.U2
U.50
U.50
U.17
6.08

1 U.00
3.83
U.33
3.U3
U.33
6.58
U.67
U.50
U.17
6.08

? U.17
3.83
U.33
3.U3
UA.50
~ 6.58
U.67
U.50
U.17
6.08

1 U.17
3.83
U.33
3.U3
U.5o
6.58
U.67
U.83
U.17
6.08

$ U.17
3.83
U.33
3.U3
U.50
6.58
U.67
U.83
U.33
6.08

1 U.17
3.83
U.33
3.U3
U.67
6.58
U.67
U.83
U.33
6.08

5.00
U.50
U.5o
U.33
U.83
6.33
U.67
5.17
U.33
7.17

5.00
U.50
U.50
U.33
5.17
7.00
U.67
5.17
U.33
8.50

5.00
U.83
U.67
U.33
5.17
7.00
U.67
5.17
U.33
8.83

5.00
U.83
U.67
U.33
5.17
7.00
5.17
5.50
U.50
U/9.00

5.00
5.00
U.67
U.33
U/5.50
~ 7.00
5.17

5.00
5.00
U.67
U.33
5.50
7.00
5.17
5.67
U.83
9.00

5.00
5.00
U.67
U.33
5.50
7.17
5.17
5.67
U.83
9.07

5.00
5.00
U.67
U.33
5.50
7.33
5.17
6.17
5.17
9.07

3/23.U
6
~ 21.00
18.75
3/19.18
1/21.33
~ 27.90
15.75
16.67
3/19.27
“ 25.83

3/23.U6
21.00
18.75
3/19.18
3/21.33
It/27.58
” 15-25
16.67
3/19.27
“ 25.83

3/23.U6
” 21.00
18.75
3/19.19
1/21.83
~ 27.53
1U.92
16.67
3/19.27
“ 25.83

3/23.U6
21.00
18.7<
3/19.19
1/21.83
~ 27.58
1U.50
16.67
3/19.27
“ 25.83

3/ 23.62

3/23.62
~ 21.00
18.75
3/19.5U
1/21.U9
“ 27.58
13.99
16.67
3/19.27
~ 25.83

3/23.62
- 21.00
18.75
3/19.SU
1/20.99
“ 27.58
1U.U2
16.67
3/19.27
“ 25.83

3/23.62
~ 21.00
19.00
3/19.87
3/21.0U
~ 27.58
1U.U2
16.67
3/19.27
” 25.83

lt.SO

T O H EX CTIO , without,
OT
TRA N
complication, including
X-ray
Atlanta------------------Baltimore----------------Chicago 7 /----------------Cincinnati----------------Detroit 8 /----------------Los Angeles 7 /----------N York !0/--------------ew
Philadelphia-------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco-----------

5.5 0
u.50

9.00

EYEGLASSES, with examination
Atlanta------------------ Baltimore----------------Chicago 7 /-------- --------Cincinnati--------------Detroit 8/----------------Los Angeles 7 /----------N York 8 /- - ------------ew
Philadelphia------------St. Louis----------------San Francisco-----------

1/
2/
$1.03
3/

Tl.OO

18.75
3A9.18
1/20.99
- 27.90
16.00
16.67
3/19.19
“ 25.83

“ 21.00
18.75
3/19.19
3/21.U9
_ 27.58
1U.66
16.67
3/19.27
~ 25.83

Atlanta was priced on a different cycle prior to 1953.
Change in outlet sample. Averages for outlets common to both old and new samples were $0.95 in December 1953 and
in March 195b.
Retail sales taxes on materials are^included in the prices in citie s where sales taxes are effective (See appendix D).
% Change in outlet sample. Quotations from outlets common to both old and new samples showed no price change from
J
preceding period.
5 / Change in outlet sample. Averages for outlets common to both the old and new samples were $3.25 in December 1953 and
$3.17 in March 195b.
6/ Combination of quotations from hospitals charging by the day and those using the "inclusive rate plan.
(See appendix C; M-200 and M-220)
jj During 1953 and 195b, professional medical service charges were obtained in January, April, July, and October.
Published data relate to the collection dates.
8/ During 1953 and 195b, professional medical service charges were obtained in February, May, August* and November.
Published data relate to the collection dates.
2/ Change in outlet sample. Averages from outlets common to both old and new samples were $90.00 in March and $95*00
in June 195b.




T a b le 5

-

PERSONAL CARE:
A v e ra g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s a n d S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D ecem b er 195 2 t o D ecem b er 1 ? ? L , Q u a r t e r ly

1952

1953

195*

Spec*
No.

Item and city

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

P-100
P-100
P-100
P-100
P-100
P-100
P-100
P-100
P-100
P-100

( 1/)
$ 0708
.08
.09
.08
.08
.08
.08
.09
.09

3 0.08
.08
.05
.09
.09
.08
.08
.08
.08
.09

3 0.08
.08
,08
.09
.09
.08
.08
.08
.08
.09

t 0.08

fe 0.08
.08
.08
.08
.08
.08
.09
.08
.08
.09

P-110
P-110
P-110
P-110
P-110
P-110
P-110
P-110
P-110
P-110

( 1/)
3/TlO

.25

.25
3/.10
~ .25

3/.10
_ .25
•25
•25

.25
.25
.25
3/ . 10
~ .25
.25
.25

~ .25

3/.10
' .25

3/.10
~ .25

.25
3/ .10
“ .25
.25
.25
.25
3/.10
~ .25

p-llii
p-lli*
p-lli*
.P-lUi
P-llL
p-llii
p-llii
P-11U
P-lll*
P-11U

(1/)
Til
.11
.11
.11
.12
.11
.11
.11
.11

.11
.11
.11
.11
.11
.12
.11
.11
.11
.11

.11
.11
.11
.11
.11
.12
.11
.11
.11
.11

P-120
P-120
P-120
P-12C
P-120
P-120
P-120
P-120
P-120
P-120

(1/)
718
.20
.20
.18
.19
.19
.18
.19
.18

.18
.18
.20
.20
.18
.19
.19
.18
.19
.18

.113
.19
.20
.20
.18.19
.19
.19
.19
.18

March

June

Sept.

& 0.09
.09
.08
.09
.09
.08
.09
.03
.08
.09

$ 0.09
.08
.08
.09
.09
.08
.08
.08
.08
.09

3 0.09
.09
.08
.09
.09
.08
.09
.08
.09
.09

3 0.09

.25
3/.10
■ .25

.25
3/.10
" .25

.25
3/.10
' .25
.25
.25
.25
3/.10
” .25
.25
.25

Dec.

A. TOILETRIES
TOILET SOAP, white or
colored, regular size,
per cake
Atlanta--------------Baltimore-----------Chicago--------------Cincinnati---------- Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia------ —
St. Louis------------San Francisco-------

.08
.08
.08
.08
.08
.08
.08
.08
.09

.09

.08
.09
.09
.08
.09
.08
.09
.09

R Z R BLA ES, double edge,
AO
D
thin, f ir s t quality, per
package of 5 blades 2/
Atlanta----------- -—
Baltimore----------—
Chicago--------------Cincinnati----------Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia--------St. Louis------------San Francisco------

.25
.25
.25

.25

3/.10

~ .25

3/.10
.25
.25
.25

.25
.25

.25
.25
.25

.25
.25

.25
.25
.25
3/.10
" .25
.25
.25

3/.10
~ .25
.25
.25

.25
3/.10
~ .25
.25
.25
.25
3/.10
“ .25
.25
.25

.11
.11
.11
.11
.11
.12
.11
.11
.11
.11

.11
.11
.11
.11
.11
.12
.11
.11
.11
.11

.11
.11
.11
.11
.11
.12
.11
.11
.11
.11

.11
.11
.11
.11
.11
.12
.11
.11
.11
.11

.11
.11
.11
.11
.11
.12
.11
.11
.11

.11

.11
.11
.11
.11
.11
.12
.11
.11
.11
.11

.18
.19
.20
.20
.18
.19
.19
.19
.19
.18

.18
.19
.20
.20
.18
.19
.19
.19
.19
.18

.18
.19
.20
.20
.18
.19
.19
.19
.19
.18

.17
.17
.18
.18
.17
.18
.17
.17
.17
.17

.17
.17
.18

.17
.17
.18

.25
.25
.25

.25
.25

SH V G C EA , lather, per
A IN R M
ounce 2/
Atlanta--------------Baltimore------------Chicago--------------Cincinnati----------Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia--------St. Louis----------- San Francisco------ FA E C EA , cleansing, a ll
C R M
purpose or cold, per
ounce 2/
Atlanta--------------Baltimore------------Chicago--------------Cincinnati----------Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia-------St. Louis------------San Francisco-------

See fo o tn o te s

on page




57

.18
.17
.18
.17
.17
.17
.17

.18
.17
.17
.17
.17
.17
.17

T a b le

5

“

PERSONAL CARE:
in

Item and city

10 C it ie s ,

A vera ge R e t a il P r ic e s
D ecem b er 1 95 2 t o

of

S e le c t e d

D e ce m b e r 1 9 5 i>

1952

C o ir r .o d it ie s

Q u a r te r ly

-

and S e r v i c e s ,

C o n tin u e d

195^

1953

Spec.
No.

Dec.

March

June

P-12l*
P-121*
P-121*
P-12i*
P-121*
P-12U
P-12U
P-121*
P-121*
P-121*

( i/)
$ 076S
.65
.65
.65
.58
.65
.65
.63
.53

§ 0.65
.65
.65
.65
.65
.58
.65
.65
.63
.53

1 0.65
.65
.65
.65
.65
.58
.65
.65
.63
.53

$ 0.65

P-130
P-130
P-130
P-130
P-130
P-130
P-130
P-130
P-130
P-130

(V)
.17
.16
.15
.11*
.15
.17
.16
.15
.16

.17
.17
.16
.15
.11*
.15
.17
.16
.15
.16

.17
.17
.16
.15
.Hi
.15
.17
.16
.15
.16

17
.16
.16
.15
.11*
.15
.17
.16
.15
.16

?-l!*0
P-ll*0
*-110
*-H0
*-ll*0
?-U*0
?-ll*0
?-ll*0
P-llO
P-lijO

(1/)
Til*
.11*
.11*
.11
.1h
.13
.11*
.11*
.11*

.13
.11*
.11*
.11
.11*
.11*
.13
.11*
.12;
.11*

.13

.13
.31;

?-i5o
p-150
p-150
?-i5o
?-i5o

(1/)
T.l*3
1.65
1.58
1.71
1.68
1.62
1.56
1.59
1.61

1.71*
1.1*3
1.65
1.53
1.71
1.68
1.61*
1.61
1.59
1.61

Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

$ 0.65

$ 0.65
.65
.65
.65
.65
#rro
*67
.65
.63
.53

$ 0.60
.60
.60
.60
.60
.53
.61
.60
•
.58
.1*9

$ 0.60
.60
.60
.60
.60
.53
.61*
.60
.58
.1*9

$ 0*60
.60
.60
.60
.60
.53
.61*
.60
.59
.1*9

.17
.36
.15
.IL
.15
.17
•2c
.15
.16

.17
.16
.16
.15
.lii
.15
.17
.16
.16
.16

.17
.16
.16
.15
.11*
.15
.17
.16
.16
.16

.17
.16
.16
.15
.31*
.15
.17
.16
.16
.16

.17
.16
.16
.15
.11*
.15
.17
.16
.16
.16

•Hi
.11*
.11*
.12
.11*
.11*
.11*

.13
.11*
.11*
.11*
.11*
.11*
.12
.11*
.Hi
.11*

.13
.11*
.11*
.11*
.11*
.11*
.13
.11*
.11*
.11*

.13
.11*
.11*
.11*
.11*
.11*
.13
.11*
.11*
.11*

.13
.11*
.11;
.11
.11*
.11*
.13
.11*
.11*
.31*

.13
.11*
.11*
.11*
.11*
.H*
.13
.11*
.11*
.11*

1.76
1.61*
1.80
1.68
1.79
1.81
1.77
1.72
1.71*
1.73

1.31
1.61*
1.80
1.70
1.33
1.83
1.77
1.73
1.78
1.78

U/1.83
“ 1.61*
1.80
1.78
1.83
1.33
1.77
1.76
1.78
1.79

1.68
1.58
1.66
1.66
1.68
1.69
1.66
1.61*
1.66
1.68

1.68
1.63
1.66
1.66
1.68
1.69
1.66
1.61*
1.66
1.69

1.68
1.63
1.66
1.66
1.68
1.69
1.66
1.61*
1.66
1.69

Dec.

A. TOILETRIES - Continued
FA E PO D R fine texture,
C
WE ,
per ounce 2/
Atlanta--------------Baltimore------— —
Chicago--------------Cincinnati---------—
Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia--------St. Louis------------San Francisco-----—

.65
.65
.65
.65
.58
.67
.65
.63
.53

.65
.65
.65
.65
.58
.67
.65
.63
.53

T O H PASTE, standard, per
OT
ounce 2/
Atlanta--------------Baltimore-----------Chicago--------------Cincinnati----------Detroit--------------Los Angeles-------- N York-------------ew
Philadelphia--------St. Louis---------—
San Francisco------SH M O liquid, per
A PO ,
ounce 2/
Atlanta--------------Baltimore------------Chicago—-----------Cincinnati----------Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia--------St. Louis------------San Francisco------ -

.11
.11
.11*
.11*
.11*
.13
.11*
.u
.11*

.11

H M PE M N T, cold wave
O E R A EN
r e f ill kit 2/
Atlanta--------------Baltimore------------Chicago----------:---Cincinnati----------Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia--------St. Louis------------San Francisco-------

See fo o tn o te s

on page 57




”-150

p-i5o
p-i5o
p-150
p-150

1.76

1.50

1.66
1.60
1.73
1.69
1.67
1.70
1.68
1.61

56

T a b le

5 -

PERSONM j CARE:
A v e r a g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d itie s a n d S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D e c e m b e r 1 9 5 2 t o D e c e m b e r 1 ?5 U > Q u a r t e r l y - C o n t i n u e d

1952

1953

Spec*
No*

Item and city

Dec*

March

June

P-160
P-160
P-160
P-160
P-160
P-160
P-160
P-160
P-160
P-160

a /)
$ 0739
*38
.39
*39
.37
.38
.39
.38
.37

* 0.39
.39
.38
.39
.39
.37
.38
.39
.38
.37

* 0.39
.39
.38
.39
.39
.37
.38
.39
.38
.37

P-16U
P-161*
P-16U
P-161*
P-161*
P-161*
P-161*
P-161*
P-161*
P-161*

.26
.27
.25
.25
.26
.27
.25
.26
.26

.25
.26
.21*
.25
.25
.26
.25
.25
.26
.28

p-500
P-300
P-300
P-300
P-300
P-300
P-300
P-300
P-300
P-300

(1/)
~*95
1*50
1.19

P-310
P-310
P-310
P-310
P-310
P-310
P-310
P-310
P-310
P-310

(1/)
T.60
1.55

J.95U
Sept.

Dec.

March

June

$ 0.39
.39
.38
.39
.39
.37
.38
.39
.38
.37

$ 0.39
.39
.38
.39
.39
.38
.38
.39
.38
.37

$ 0.39

%0.39

.39
.38
.39
.39
.38
.38
.39
.38
.38

$ 0.39
.39
.38
.39
.39
.38
.38
.39
.38
.38

$ 0.39
.39
.38
.39
.39
.38
.38
.39
.38
.38

.25
.26
.21*
.25
.26
.26
.25
.21*
.26
.28

.25
.26
.21*
.21*
.25
.26
.25
.21*
.26
.28

.25
.25
.21*
.21*
.26
.26
.25
.21*
.25
.28

.25
.26
.21*
.21*
.26
.26
.25
.21*
.26
.28

.25
.25
.21*
.23
.26
.25
.21*
.21*
.26
.28

.25
.26
.21*
.23
.26
.25
.21*
.23
.25

.25
.25
.21*
.23
*25
.25
.21*
.23
.21*
.28

1.00
.95
1.50
1.19
1.50
i.5o
.91*
1.25
1.25

1.00
.95
1.50
1.19
1.50

1.00
.95
1.50
1.19
1.50

1.50

1.00
.95
1.50
1.19
1.50
i.5o
.96
1.25
1.1*0
1.50

1.50

1.50

.91*
1.25
1.25
1.50

1.00
.95
1.50
1.19
1.50
1.50
.96
1.25
1.1*0
1.50

1.00
.95
1.50
1.19
1.50

.91*
1.25
1.25
i.5o

1.00
.95
1.50
1.19
i.5o
1.50
.96
1.25
1.25
1.50

.96
1.25
1.1*0
1.50

1.00
.95
1.50
1.19
1.50
1.50
.98
1.25
1.1*0
1.50

1.56
1.60
1.55
1.50
1.85
1.67
1.1*3
1.56
1.06
1.81

1.56
1.85
1.55
i.5o
1.90
1*/1.70
- 1.55
1.56.
1.06
1.81

1.56
1.85
1.55
1.69
1.95
1.70
1.55
1.56
1.06
1.81

1.62
1.90
1.55
1.69
1.95
1.70
1.60
1.56
1.06
1.81

1.62
1.90
1.55
1.69
1.95
1.70
1.60
1.56
1.06
1.81

1.62
1.90
1.55
1.69
1.95
1.80
1.60
1.56
1.06
1.81

1.62
1.90
1.65
1.69
1.95
1.80
1.60
1.62
1.12
1.81

1.62
1.90
1.65
1.69
1.95
1.80
1.60
1.75
1J2
1.81

Sept.

Dec.

A. TOILETRIES - Continued
SA ITA Y NAPKINS, regular
N R
size, per box of 12 2
/
Atlanta---------- ---Baltimore------------Chicago--------------Cincinnati----------Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
PniladelDhia--------St. Louis------------San Francisco-------

.39
.38
.39
.39
.38
.38
.39
.38
.38

C N G TISSUE, per box
LEA SIN
of 300 tissues
Atlanta--------------Baltimore------------Chicago--------------Cincinnati------- -—
Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia--------St. Louis------------San Francisco-------

.28

.28

E. PROFESSION SERVICES
AL
M N H IR U
A ’S A C T
Atlanta--------------Baltimore------------Chicago--------------Cincinnati---------- Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia--------St. Louis------------San Francisco------ -

1.50
1.50

.91*
1.25
1.25
1.50

1.50

S A P O A D W V SET, short
H MO N A E
hair (by professional
operator)
Atlanta--------------Baltimore------------Chicago--------------Cincinnati----------Detroit--------------Los Angeles---------N York-------------ew
Philadelphia--------St. Louis------------San Francisco-------

See fo o t n o t e s

on page




57

1.50
1.80
1.67
1.1*3
1.50
1.06
1.81

57
T a b le 5

-

Item and eity

PERSONAL CARE:
A v e r a g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s a n d S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D ecem b er 1 9 5 2 t o D ecem b er 1 9 5 U , Q u a r t e r ly - C o n tin u e d

Spec.
No.

1952

1953

195*

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

m
(V)
(SI)
(£/)

(5/)

$ 12. 2
?

8 12.25
11.90

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

B. PROFESSION SERV1CESAL
Continued
PE M N N W V short hair
R A E T A E,
'ucluding trim, shampoo,
and ;ave set,(by profes­
sional operator)
Atlanta-------------Baltimore—--------Chicago-------------Cincinnati---------Detroit-------------Los Angeles-------N York-----------ew
Philadelphia------St. Louis----------San Francisco------

P-316
P-316
P-316
P-316
P-316
P-316
P-316
P-316
P-316
P-316

(£/)
£ /)

<5/
(SI)

<sn
m
m
(SI)
(SI)
(10
(SI)
£ /)

11.70
10.59

8.?0
10. 1 5
*
11. 8?
9.69

9-62
10.75
12.70

10.59
8.38
10.1*5
11.85
9.69
9.62
10.75
12-70

t 12.25 $ 11.62
11.90
10.59

12.05
10.59

10.1*5
11.85
9.69
9.62
10.75
12.70

11.85
9.69
9.62
10.75
12.70

8.38

8.38
10.50

$ 11.62

$ 11.62 $ 11.62
12.05
12.05
12.10 12.10
li.Uo
8.38
8.38
8.38
10.50
10.50 10.50
12.05

11.85
9.69
9.62
10.75
12.70

11.85
9.69
9.62
10.75
12.70

1/ Atlanta was priced on a different cycle prior to 1953*
2/ Manufacturer's brands, nationally advertised.
J / Package of k blades of lighter Height and lover quality steel.
\j change in outlet sample. Quotations from outlets cosnon to both old and new samples showed no price change from
preceding period.
2 / Cold wave was not priced prior to June 1953*




11.85
10.29
9.62
10.75
12.70

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READING AND RECREATION:
A v e r a g e R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s an d S e r v i c e s ,
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D ecem b er 1 9 5 2 t o D ecem b er 1 9 5 U , Q u a r t e r l y

Spec.
No.

Item and city

1953

1952
Dec.

March

June

195U
Sept.

Dec.

March

June

8 21*.1 2 $ 22.70
*
23.75
22.95
2i*.62
21*.62
23.35
23.1*5
22.95
22.95
22.78
22.62
2U.66
21*. 52
23.70
21.58
2l*.75
2U.75
23.95
23.95

I 23.20
23.15
21*. 12
22.15
22.95
22.12
2U.33
21.70
23.82
23.95

3 22.95
23.55
(3/)
21.85
22.95
22.12
23.21*
21.70
23.82
23.82

Sept.

Dec.

RADIO, table model, dark
plastic cabinet 1/
Atlanta—-------------Baltimore-------------Chicago----------------Cincinnati------------Los Angeles----------M York--------------ew
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-------------San Francisco---------

R-300
R-300
R-300
R-300
R-300
R-300
R-300
R-300
R-300
R-300

(2/)
* ?3.75

3 2l*.20
23.75

?3.35
2l*.20
2l*.12
2U.52
23.95
2 *.1*5
1
25.32

?3.35
2lw32
2L.12
2U.52
23.85
21*.1*5

R-600
R-600
R-600
R-600
R-600
R-600
R-600
R-600
R-600
R-600

(2/)
"*.51
.71*
.57
.68
.55
.75
.71*
.51*
.66

.52
.51

.71*
.57
.69
.59
.76
.75
.55
.68

.52
.52
.77
.57
.69
.59
.76
.75
.55
.70

.55
.53
.81*
.59
.71*
.61
.76
.75
.56
.71

.58
.51*
.81*
.59
.81*
.62
.81*
.75
.56
.71

.56
.51*
.81*
5/.56
“ .77
.62
.79
.75
.56
.76

55
.53
.86
.56
.78
.62
.83
.80
.52
.76

.51*
.58
.89
.56
.79
.68
.87
.38
.52
.77

.51*
.55
.88
.56
.78
.62
.89
.85
.55
.79

R-601*
R-601*
R-601*
R-601*
R-601*
R-60U
R-601*
R-601*
R-601*
R-601*

(2/)
” .19
.21
.23
.22
.17
.35
.18
.18
.20

.13
.19
.21*
.23
.22
.18
.35
.23
.19
.20

.11*
.19
.21*
.23
.22
.18
.35
.23
.19
.20

.11*
.19
.21*
.23
.22
.18
.35
.23
.19
.20

.17
.20
.21*
.21*
.22
.18
.1*2
.23
.19
.20

.17
6/.19
” .25
.23
.21*
.18
.31*
.23
.19
.20

.18
.19
.26
.23
.25
.18
.31*
.26
.17
.22

.16
.20
.26
.23
.25
.22
.35
.26
.17
.21*

.17
.20
.26
.23
.25
.19
.32
.27
.19
.22

R-700
R-700
R-700
R-700
R-700
R-700
R-700
R-700
R-700
R-700

(2/)
” .05
.05
.05
.07
.10
.05
.05
.05
.10

.05
.05
.05
.05
.07
.10
.05
.05
.05
.10

.05
.05
.05
.05
.07
.09
.05
.05
.05
.10

.05
.05
.05
.05
.07
.09
.05
.05
.05
.10

.05
.05
.05
.05
.07
.09
.05
.05
.05
.10

.05
.05
.05
.05
.07
.08
.05
.05
.05
.10

.05
.05
.05
.05
.07
.09
.05
.05
.05
.10

•05
.05
.05
.05
.07
.10
.05
.05
.05
.10

.05
.05
.05
.05
.07
.10
.05
.05
.05
.10

on

on

25.32

$ 2l*.l*2
23.75
21*.62
23.35
23.95
22.78
23.53
2l*.20
21*.1 5
*
25.32

3 22.95 •f 22.95
22.95
23.35
22.95
22.95
21.35
21.85
22.53
21.55
21.28
22.12
22.81
22.38
21.20
21.70
23.82
21*.33
23.82
23.82

M TIO PICTURE admission,
O N
adult \/
Atlanta----------------Baltimore-------------Chicago----------------Cincinnati------------Detroit----------------Los Angeles----------N York--------------ew
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-------------San Francisco--------M TIO PICTURE admission,
O N
child U/
Atlanta----------------Baltimore-------------Chicago----------------Cincinnati------------Detroit----------------Los Angeles----------N York--------------ew
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-------------San Francisco—-----N SPA , daily edition,
EW PER
on the stre e t, per copy
Atlanta— -----------Baltimore-------------Chicago----------------Cincinnati------------Detroit----------------Los Angeles----------N York--------------ew
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-------------San Francisco---------

S ee fo o t n o t e s

on page




59

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T a b le 6

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READING AND RECREATION:
A v era g e R e t a il P r ic e s
i n 1 0 C i t i e s , D ecem b er 1 9 5 2 t o D ecem b er

Item and city

o f S e l e c t e d C o m m o d it ie s
Q u a r t e r ly - C o n tin u e d

19$h,

1952

Spec*
No*

Dec*

R-711
R-711
R-711
R-711
R-711
R-711
(7/)
R-711
R-711
R-711

(2/)
$1.95
2.09
1.95
2.60
2.25
(7/)
T.95
1.88
2.00

and S e rv ice s ;

1953
March

June

195*
Sept*

Dec*

March

June

$ 1.95
1.95
2.09
1.95
2.60
2.25
(7/)
1.95
1.88
2.00

$ 1.95
1.95
2.09
1.95
2.60
2.25
(7/)
T.95
1.88
2.00

$ 1.95
1.95
2.09
1.95
2.60
2.25
(7/)
1.95
1.88
2.00

Sept*

Dec.

N SPA
EW PERS, daily and
Sunday editions, delivered
to home, per month
Atlanta*------------ -—
Baltimore-------------Chicago----------------Cincinnati------------Detroit-—- —- — —
Los Angeles---------—
N York--------------ew
Philadelphia---------St. Louis-------------San Francisco------- -

$ 1.95
1.95
2.09
1.95
2.60
2.25
(7/)
T.95
1.88
2.00

$ 1.95
1.95
2.09
1.95
2.60
2.25
(7/)
1.95
1.88
2.00

$ 1.95
1.95
2.09
1.95
2.60
2.25
(7/)
1.95
1.38
2.00

$ 1.95
1.95
2.09
1.95
2.60
2.25
(7/)
T.95
1.88
2.00

l / This a rtic le is subject to special pricing procedure* Instead of obtaining the price for the one brand which sells
in largest volume in each store, the Bureau's agent reports prices for one model of each manufacturer whose line is
carried in each store* W a manufacturer introduces new models, the agent prices the new model most nearly comparable
hen
to that previously priced* The prices that are published are based on those brands for which prices are available for a l l
dates included in the table* Some of the differences between citie s are due to greater popularity of specific brands in
some citie s than in others*
2 / Atlanta was priced on a different cycle prior to 1953*
3/ Number of quotations for items conforming to specification insufficient for publication of average price*
4/ Prices include a l l applicable Federal, State, and local taxes (See appendix D)*
? / Change in outlet sample* Averages for outlets common to both old and new samples were $0*59 in December 1953 and
$0.62 in March 195^*
6/ Change in outlet sample* Quotations from outlets common to both old and new samples showed no price change from
preceding period*
jJ Home delivery of newspapers in New York city is of minor importance* Out-of-town mail subscriptions to nearby areas
averaged $2*69 from December 1952 to December 195^*




* 1.95
1.95
2.09
2.17
2.60
2.25
(7/)
1.95
1.88
2.00

60
T a b le 7 * OTHER GOODS AMD SERVICES* A verage R e t a i l P r i c e s o f S e le c t e d C om m odities and S e r v ic e s
i n 10 C i t i e s , December 1952 t o December 195U, Q u a r te r ly

Item and city

Spec.
No.

1952

1
953

Dec*

March

June

(2
/)

t 0.23

8 0.23
.21
.1
2*
.21
•2
2
.19
.23
•2
2
•2
2
•2
2

if.
—
-—

—

195*
Sept.

Dec.

March

June

Sept.

Dec.

8 0.23 8 0.23
.21
.21
.2*
1
.25
.21
•1
2
•2
2
.22
.19
.19
.23
.23
.22
.22
•2
2
.22
•1
2
.21

$ 0.23

$ 0.23

.23
.25
•1
2
.22
.19
.23
•2
2
•2
2
•1
2

8 0.23
.23
.25
•1
2
.22
.19
.23
.23
.22
.21

8 0.23
.23
.25
.21
•2
2
.19
.2
k
.23
.22
.21

2.17
2.05
2.18
1.96
2.0*
1
1.7
k
2.1k
2.20
1.88
1.8
k

2.17
2.05
2.18
1.96
2.0k
1.7
k
2.12
2.20
1.88
1.8
k

2.17
2.05
5/2.20
“ 1.96
2.0*
1
1.7
k
2.12
2.20
1.88
1.8
k

•8
0
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
•0
1
.10
.08
•0
1

.08
.10
.10
.10
•0
1
.10
•0
1
.10
.08
.10

.08
.10
•0
1
.10
.10
•0
1
•0
1
.10
.08
.10

CIGARETTES, per pack, stan­
dard brands, regular size}
Atlanta----------Baltimore--------Chicago---------- Cineinnati----- --Detroit-------- —
Los Angeles— — — —
New York— — ----- —
Philadelphia------St. Louis------ — —
San Francisco----—

0-100
0-100
0-100
0-100
0-100
0-100
0-100
0-100
0-100
0-100

.20
•2
2
.20
*21
*18
•2
2
.22
.20
*20

.21
.22
•1
2
.22
.19
•3
2
.23
•1
2
.21

.23
.25
.a
.22
.19
.23
•2
2
•2
2
•1
2

CIGARETTES, per carton, stan
dard brands,regular size y
Atlanta----- ----Baltimore— ---- —
Chicago----------Cincinnati-— ---- Detroit----- ----—
Los Angeles— — --New York---------Philadelphia------St* Louis---— -— —
San Francisco------

o-iok
o-iol*
o-iok
o-iou
0i
0-1 t
o-i *
ol
0-1QU
0-11
0*
o-iou
o-ioU

—

—

—
—-

—

—

—

——

—

—
—
—

2.17
2.00
2.08
1.98
2.07
1.70
2.13
2.20
1.92
1.8k

2.17
1.98
2.08
1.98
2.06
1.7*
1
2.16
2.20
1.92
1
1.8*

1.98
5/2.0*
1
~ 1.7*
1
2.16
2.20
1.89
1.8*
1

2.17
2.05
2.18
1.98
2.0*
1
1.7*
1
2.16
2.20
1.86
1.8*
1

•6
0
•0
1
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
•8
0
.10

.08
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
.08
.10

.08
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
•8
0
•0
1

•8
0
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
.10
•0
1
.08
•0
1

2.17

U A .92
~ 2.18

CIGAR, domestic, regular
size 1
/
Atlanta----------Baltimore— — -— --Chicago----------Cincinnati— ---- —
Detroit— -------Los Angeles— — — — —
New York---------Philadelphia------St* Louis— ------ -San Francisco—

0-200
0-20C
0-200
0-200
0-200
0-200
0-200
0-200
0-200
0-200

(2
/)

“ .10
.10
•0
1
.10
.10
•A0
.10
•8
0
.10

.08
.10
.10
•0
1
.10
.10
.10
.10
.08
.10

1/ Prices include all applicable Federal, State and local taxes (See appendix D).
2/ Atlanta vas priced on a different cycle prior to 1953*
1/ Mot priced before April 1953. Prices include all applicable Federal, State and local taxes except retail sales
taxes (See appendix D).
k/ Change in outlet sample* Averages for outlets common to both old and nev samples were $1.9k in September 1953 and
$1*96 in December 1953
*

Change in outlet sample* Averages for outlets common to both old and nev samples shoved no price change from
preceding period*




61
A p p e n d ix

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grou p
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62
A P P E N D IX

B* —

The
Item s
an

w h ic h

a s t e r is k

u sed

in

w e ig h ts

The
in c lu d e s

th e

I n c lu d e d

l is t s

a l l

o f

a re

in c lu d e d

T h ey

195^
b y

r e la tiv e

L abor

fo r

r e c e n t

th e

s in c e
o f

ea ch

ite m

o b ta in e d

b y

c o m p u t a t io n

im p o rta n ce

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d e ta ile d

o f

w ere

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d is tr ib u tio n

m ost
a

Item s

p r ic e s

im p o rta n ce

fig u r e s .

m u ltip lie d

p e rce n ta g e

o f

good s
in

in

and

th e

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s e r v ic e s

ta b le s

1

t o

th a t

7

in

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a re

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p r ic e d

th is

r e p o r t

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fo r
a re

th e

195^

C P I.

in d ic a te d

b y

(* )•

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a v era g e

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p e rce n ta g e

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ta b le

fo llo w in g

fo r

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a s

th e

in d e x .

o f

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p ercen ta g e
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is

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p r ic e s ).

fig u r e s

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in

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193$

p ro ce d u re .

Table B -l.—
List of items priced for the Consumer Price Index and their relative importance in the major groups of items and in the all-items
index, December 195k
December 1951*
Item

December 195 *
1

Percent Percent
of all of major
group
items
total
total

Percent Percent
of all of major
items
group
total
total

FGOD

28.88

100.00

Food at bomeCereals and bakery products-----Cereals------- — ----- —--------- Flour, wheat—----------------—
Biscuit mix———— - — ----Corn flakes— — — —— —
Rolled oats—*————
Corn meal— ———------------RiceBakery products—— ------- ----Bread, white------- --------- ---Soda crackers------------—----Vanilla cookies—— ------ -—
Neats, poultry, and fish—-------Beef—-------------------------------Round steak— —
— —Rib roast----------------—------Chuck roast— -----------------Ham
burger------------------------Veal cutlets— — ---------- -—
PorkPork chops—
—
Sm
oked h —
am
Bacon— ------------------- — —■
Lam leg—----------—— ——
b,
Other m
eats———
—
Frankfurters--------------—---Canned luncheon meat----------Poultry: Frying chickens—----FishFresh and frosen fin fish—
Canned salmon-— — —
Canned tuna------ ■
---------------Dairy productsButter— —-—-----------Cheese, American process-*
Milk, fresh (delivered)—
Milk, fresh (grocery)—
Milk, evaporated—--------Ice i
Fruits and vegetables—-----------Fresh fruits—
—
——
Oranges— — —
Lem
ons— —— —
Grapefruit----------ApplesBananasPeaches— ———— — ——

21*.20
3.22
1.00
.56
.15
.10
.07
.01*
•08
2.22
1.56
.16
.50
6.9U
1.82
.79
.15
.1*5
.1
*3
.18
2.38
.79
.67
.92
.17
.92
.66
.26
.92
.55
.29
.09
.17
3.96
.10*
.1*8
1.21
1.21*
.27
.32
U.25
1.38
.36
.05
.05
.33
•1
2*
.09
.08
.07
.11
1.26
•ia
.05

83.79
a . 15
3.51
1.96
.53
.33
.25
.15
.29
7.61*
5.38
.51*
1.72
2 *.01*
1
6.29
2.71*
.51
1.51*
1.50
.62
8.26
2.71*
2.31
3.21
.59
3.16
2.27
.89
3.20
1.92
1.01
.31
.60
13.70
1.52
1.66
1*.18
1*.31
.92
1.11
1U.72
1».71
1.20
.17
.18
1.13
.83
.31
.27
.25
.37
1 »2
*.1
i.ia
.18

Strawberries*
Watermelons----Fresh vegetablesPotatoesSweetpotatoes-


See


of

Item

Food at hom
e—Continued
Fresh vegetables—Continued
Green beans— ------- -— —<

0 .1 1
.01*

.23
.09
.16
.57
•22
.1 6
.10

.09
•60
.12

.16
.19
.13
.13

Peas-------------------------------- -----------------------------Tomatoes-------------------------------------------------- — S train ed baby fo o d — — —
—
— —
F rosen f r u i t s — — — — - — ------------------------Orange j u i c e c o n c e n tr a te -----------— ---------S tr a w b e r rie s ------------------------------------------------Frozen v e g e t a b le s —
— —— —
— —
Peas— ------------------------ -----------------------------—
Green b ean s—
— — — — —— — —
D ried f r u i t s and v e g e t a b le s - ---------- — -------Prunes-----------------------------------------------------------

.1 0

.03
.13
.08
•05
.18
.08
.10

Navy beansOther food at hom —----------- ------ e—
Partially prepared foods— — ------Vegetable soup———— -------------Beans with pork—— — ——
—
Condiments and sauces—----------------—

— ——

——

Tom catsup—— — —— — — ———
ato
—
Nonalcoholic beverages---------- -------- — ———
Co f f e e —

— —

—

.33
•
26

.08

P in eap p le, s l i c e d ---------------------------------------F r u it c o c k t a i l ------------ — --------------------------Canned v e g e t a b le s — — ------------------------------------

Sweet g h e r k i n s - -- — — —

0.39

.09

C a r r o ts -------— - - - - - - —
—
*— —
Onions— — — — — — —
— ——
—
Tomatoes-------- — -----------------------------------------C e le r y — -------------- -----------— — ------- -— —
L e ttu ce--------— — ----------------------------- — —
Canned f r u i t s ------- — ---------------------------------------

----------------

Vegetable shortening— ---------------------Salad dressing—— — — — — — — <
Peanut b u tte r --------------------------- —
Sugar and sweets— —— —— ——
Sugar, white—- —- —- —— — — —
Grape je lly —
---------------—
Chocolate bar——
—— — —— —
Eggs, fresh------- — — —
- — — — —Miscellaneous: Flavored gelatin dessert—
Food away from home: Restaurant meals—

5.83
.52
.37
.15
.31*
. 2k
.1 0
1 .8 6

1.37
.13
.36
.95
•21s
.1 2

.31
.18
.10

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.38
.13
.13
.31
1 .1 1
.1 0
U.66

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.32
.56
1 .9 8

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.57
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.30
2.0 8

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13

.55

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.36
.10

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.27
.18
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.29
.33
20.18

1.83
1.29

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5

1.17
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6 .ia

1**69
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1.26
3.26
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1 .0 6
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.31*
3.30
1.31
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.1*7
1.08
3.85
.36
16.21

6
3
Appendix B.—Continued
Table B -l.—
List of itens priced for the Consumer Price Index and their relative importance in the major groups of items and in the all-items
index, December 1951*—Continued
December 1951*

December ±95U
Item

Percent Percent
of all of major
group
items
total
total

H U IN OS G

33.02

Residential rents------------Other shelter—--------------Housing away from hom l / e
H
oraeow expenditures——
ner
Sale prices of homes—----

5.81*
12.37

Real e s t a t e t a x e s M ortgage i n t e r e s t r a t e s ------------------------------- -----------P rop erty in su ran ce r a t e s — — ------------— ---------------R ep airs and improvements— — -----------------------------------R ep ain tin g garage-------- ---------------------------------------------♦ E x terior house p a in t — — — — — — — - — ------R ep ain tin g d in in g room— — — --------------------- -— —
♦P aint brush— — — — — — — — — — -----------------R esh in g lin g house r o o f — --------------------------------------♦ R epla cin g h o t w ater h e a t e r - — — — ------------------- —
K itch en c a b in e t s in k — ------ — — -------------------------------♦Sink fa u c e t — ------------------------- ---------------------------------R e fin is h in g d in in g room f l o o r --------------------- ---------Porch f l o o r i n g — — — — — — — —
—
—
Gas and e l e c t r i c t y — — — — — — — —
——
Gas, r e s id e n t ia l h e a tin g — — — — — —
—
Gas, o t h e r than r e s id e n t ia l h e a tin g ---------------- -----E l e c t r i c i t y - ------ — — — ----------- -— — — — — —
S o lid f u e l s and f u e l o i l —
— ----------------------------------A n th ra cite --------------------------------------------— -------------------Bituminous c o a l -

Briquets—— —
W and prestologa—
ood
Fuel o il----------------Range o ilTextile housefurnishings— — ———— ——
♦Sheets——————--------------- —
♦Blankets— ————— —
—————
—
♦Bedspreads, cotton--------------— ——------------♦Tablecloths, cotton—
——
——
—
♦Drapery fabrics# cotton——————— — —
♦Curtains, cotton and rayon-—————— —
Floor coverings—————————
— —
♦Rugs, wool, axninster, and broadloomRugs, cotton, scatter-*
♦Rugs, fe lt base— —
—
Furniture— —
♦Living room suites—
♦Dinette sets, wood-'
Dinette sets, chrome♦Bedroom suites— —
♦Bedsprings, coil—
♦Mattresses, innerspring construction-------------Major household appliances---------------------- — —
♦Refrigerators, electric—— — — — —
Cookstoves—
♦Washing machines, electric——————— — —
♦V
acuum cleaners, electric— ——— —
—
♦Sewing machines, electric— ------ ------------------Small household appliances: ♦Toasters, electric—
Housewares—
♦Dinnerware, 53-piece set♦Saucepans, aluminum
—
Brooms——— — — —
Miscellaneous————— —
♦Napkins, paper—------------♦Toilet tissue----------------♦Electric light bulbs-------Household operation—
——
♦Laundry soap and detergents♦Dry cleaning♦Laundry services———— — —
—
Automatic laundry service-———— — — —
Domestic services-— — — —
——— —
Telephone rates—— —— ------- -------------- ------ Residential water rates— — — — ———
Postage—— — — ——— — — — — — —<
See footnotes at end of table*________________




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6.11
1.01*
1.65
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2.96
.15
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28
.30
.30
.76
.13
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.17
1 .9 9

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1.02
1.31*
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2/
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6.27
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2.23
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.18
.06
5.21
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1.21
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5
1.06
.32
.25
.11
.32

Item

Percent Percent
of all of major
group
items
total
total

100.00 A P R L
P A E —------------------------- --------------------------------

9.33

100.00

M s and boys’ apparel------------------------------------- en’
M s apparel------------------- --------------- -------------en’
Topcoats------------------------- ------ ----------------------Jackets—--------------------- ---------- ---------------------Sweaters— — —— —— —------------------- —— —
♦Suits, heavy wool—--------------- —-------------- — . . .
Suits, light wool——— ---------------------- ------ -—♦Suits, rayon—- —------------------------------------------♦Slacks, wool— —-----------------—---------------- . . . . . .
♦Slacks, rayon------ — - — ------------—-----------------♦Trousers, work-----—------------------ ---------— -------A A ellm — __ . . . .
mm
______ -_____-_____
♦Shirts, work-------------—. . . . . . ------- -— - — ------♦Gloves, work———— —— — —— —— ———
Shirts, sport—— —-----— —————— — — —
♦Shirts, business-----—— ————— ——
—
♦Shorts, cotton————— —— — — —
—
♦Undershirts, knit—-— --------------- — . . . ------- —

2.97
2.51
.21
.13
.06
.1*5
.07
.09
.15
.05
.20

31.81
26.92
2.33
1.36
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U.88
.75
.98
1.58
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2.18
1.36
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3
.1
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1.09
2.00
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1.72
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1.51*
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1.26
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1.01
1.10
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36.53
5.12
1.79
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2.85
1.02
1.00
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2.09
1.1*1
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1.1*9
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.31
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1.19
1.06
1.30
1.11*
1.11
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18
1.05
7.31*
2.01*
1.52
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1.25
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15.71
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3.10
1.1*8
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5.1*7
3.81*
1.63
3.18
1.57
8.61
1.88
1.81*
1 *1
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17.68
37.1t8
1.21
36.27
18.51
3.16
5.01
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8.97
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2.31
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6.03
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1.56
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1.65
1.09
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5.32
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6.71*
2.55
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1.52
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1.53
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.30
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.55
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15.77
1.88
3.66
2.08
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1.63
3.20
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♦Socks, cotton— — — — ————— — ——
♦Socks, rayon-——————————
—— —
Hats, fe lt--------— ---------------------------------- -----Boys* apparel— —— ——— ——————————
Suits, wool— ——
— —
—
—
—
Jackets, rayon-———— —
—
—
— —
♦Slacks——— —— — ——— — —— ——
♦Dungarees, blue jeans— ——— —
— — —
♦Shirts, sport, woven—— — —— —— ——— -----♦Undershorts, knit-----------------------------------------—
W
omen's and girls* apparel———— — —
—
Wmn s , apparel——
o e*
————————— —
—
♦Coats, 'heavy wool, plain—— —----------------------Coats, light wool— —— — — —
—— —
Coats, fur——— ————— — - ————————
♦Suits, wool—---------- — — ---------- ------------- ——Suits, rayon— — — ——■
— — —— ——
♦Dresses, wool——— — — —
— —
—
Dresses, rayon——————— — — — — —
♦Dresses, cotton, street----------------------------------♦Housedresses—— ——
— — ———
— ——
♦Skirts, wool—
— — — — ———— — —
♦Skirts, rayon**—
♦Blouses, rayon—
.I k
Sweaters, wool— —------- -———----------------------•08
Shorts, cotton, sport—— ————
—
—
.03
♦Slips, nylon tricot—— — — —
— ———
.07
♦Slips, rayon---------------------- ----- ——. . . —— —
.11
♦Panties, rayon——
— — — —— — ——
.10
.12
Girdles——
——————————————
—
Brassieres———————
— — — — —
.11
♦Nightgowns, rayon and cotton——— —
——
.10
♦Stockings, nylon— — —— — — —------------- —.39
♦Gloves, cotton and leather— ---------- — —— —
.01*
.10
Handbags, fabric—
— —
—— ——
——
Girls’ apparel---------- —---------------------------------- .69
Coats— —
—— —
— — — — ——
.19
Dresses, cotton———— — —
——
—
.11*
Skirts, wool————————
———
—
•08
Sweaters, cardigan, wool——— — —— —— —
.08
♦Panties------ ---------------------------------------- --------- .12
♦Anklets——— — — — — — —— — — —
.08
Footwear— — ---------- -—-------------- —
—------ —
1.1*7
M s—
en'
—— — ——— —
.51
♦Oxfords—
.29
♦W shoes—
ork
——
------ ---------------------------.11*
♦Rubbers, dress—— —— — — — — ———
.08
W en s— ---------——— — ----------- -— ------- — —
om *
.51
♦Oxfords and pumps, street-------------- —
.36
♦Play shoes— —
— — — —— —— ——
—
.15
♦Children's oxfords— ——————— — — — —
.30
♦Shoe repairs, men's and women's------- — -----———
.15
Other apparel-——————
——
——
—
.80
♦Diapers-—— —— — — — — — —— —
.18
Yard goods—
— —
—
— — ——
.17
♦Cotton ———
— ____ —_—
_
________ _______ i
'
n
♦Rayon———— —
——
— — —--------- ----.01*
Miscellaneous 1/— — —— — ——
— — —
.1*5

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Appendix B.—Continued
Table B-l. - •List of items priced for tbs Consumer Price Index and their relative importance in the major groups of items and in the all-items
index, December 195U
—Continued
December 195k
Item

December 195U

Percent Percent
of all < major
}f
group
items
total
total

Percent Percent
of all of major
group
items
total
total

11.17

100.00

9*80
2.75
1.51
1.12
.30
2.26
.21
.92
.29
.11*
.30
1.10
.27

87.76
2U.60
13.1*9
10.05
2.71
20.28
1.86
8.26
2.57
1.27
2.67
9.81
2.1*3

MD A C R E IC L A E

5.05

100.00

Physician«Office visit—
♦ om visit—
H e
Obstetrical ca

1.60
.71
.71
.18
.17
.09
•1
8*
.67
.17
.27
•22
.07
.15

31.79
ll*.U*
1L.07
3.58
3.30
1.73
16.57
13.25
3.32
5.33
L.28
1.36
2.92
21.29
15.71
5.1*9
1.51

TA SOTT N
R N P R A IO Automobile—
N cars—
ew
Used cars*Auto repairs— — — —— —
♦Tires--—----------------------------♦Gasoline------- — —
*Motor o il-----------Auto insurance——— —— —— —
— — —
Registration and license fees---------------------------♦Local public transportations Streetcar and bus fares

♦Surgeon: Appendectomy— — —
—
——
— —
♦ S p e c ia lis t : T o n sillectom y — — — -------- — -------------------♦ F il li n g -------------------------------------- ------- -— — — — ---------♦ E x tra ction — — - — ------------- — —
— ------------------ ♦ O ptom etrist: E y e g la s s e s , com plete—
—— ———
A t e n 's pay ward— — --------------- — — —

----------------- -

Group h o s p i t a l is a t i o n — -------- -------------------------------------- P r e s c r ip tio n s and dru gs------------ — ----------------------- — ------♦ P r e s c r ip t io n s , n a r c o t ic and n o n n a r co tic — — — ------♦Peni c i l l i n t a b l e t s - --------- — ------- --------------------------------^ M u ltip le vitam in c o n c e n tr a te s — ---------- --------------------A s p ir in - ---------- ----------------------- ----------- -------------- -------—
•M ilk of m agnesia— ----------------------------------- ------------------

1.06
.80

.28

.08
•20

.18
.06

2 . 11»

a s haircut— ---*

100.00

.62
.13
.19

PERSONAL CARE------1

4
4
4

29.50
6.06

8.75

.21

10.01

.13
.a

6.03
9.61
5.18
2.81

.11

4

permanent r e fill———

—

.06
• li
O

2.01

.12
.12
. 11*
.06

5.1*1
5.1*1
6.1*5
2.77

R A IN A D R C E T N
E D G N E R A IO ---------------------

5 . 21*

100.00

♦Radio, stable modfl—— ------—— — Television seta——< — ----------- ------ -—
7
Television repairs--— — — —
Motion-picture admissions—— - — — — —
♦Adult— — — — — — — — —
♦Child------ -------------

.36
.01*
1.57
1 . 21*
.33

6.83
15.65

♦Rasor blades—------—
«5anitary napkins-———— ------ ------

Toys—

——

—

Sporting goods---------♦Newspapers— —

—

.82

.28

1.19
.98

O H R G O S A D S R IC S
T E OD N E V E —

5.17

♦Cigarettea.♦Cigars—
——————————————— —
—
Beer— --------- --------- ------------------------------ ------

1.82
. 11*
1 . 1*6
.92
.83

Miscellaneous 1/ 3 /------- ------—— ----------- — —

.81
29.81

23.57
6 . 21*
5.37
22.71*
18.79
100.00

35.17
2.69
28.19
17.81*
16.11

3.86

3.62
1.23

bulletin.
1/ got actually priced; imputed to another priced item or group
of ite




Item

2/ Less than 0.005 percent.
,,
1/ Miscellaneous services such as legal services, banking fees,
and burial services*

APPENDIX Co

S p e c i f i c a t i o n s U sed f o r t h e C o l l e c t i o n o f R e t a i l P r i c e s f o r Ite m s I n c l u d e d i n t h i s B u l l e t i n

This appendix contains the specifications developed and used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for its price
collection program insofar as it relates to the price data published in this bulletin* In addition special
Instructions given to the field agents which will help in the interpretation of the price data have been included*
The code numbers identify the articles and services for which prices are published in tables 1 - 7© When signifi­
cant revisions have been made in the specifications between December 1952 and December 195hf the date and kind of
revision is indicated by special note*
I. HOUSING
A* HOME REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE
H-lGli Reg* EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT
Description; Exterior house paint, white
First quality* Exclude "trim" paint
pricing Unit; 1-gallon lots
ferands: Nationally advertised (If unable to
price nationally advertised brands, substitute
to local brand representative in the city
being priced*)
Specify; Whether nationally advertised or local
brand*

H-106 Reg* PAINT BRUSH
Materials 100 percent pure imported hog bristle
Size»i 3i" to I " wide. 3" to 3-3 " from fer­
s
A
rule to tip* 7 8 thick*
/ "
Constructions Vulcanized in rubber
ferands: Price 2 volume selling brands (in each
outlet) purchased by homeowners only* (exclude
quality of brush purchased in volume by pro­
fessional craftsmen*)
Specify: Size (width x length x thickness)

H-107 Alt* PAINT BRUSH
Same as H-106 except for the following:
Material: 70 percent pure imported hog bristle
and ^0 percent filling material other than
pure bristle*

H-106 Alt* PAINT BRUSH
Same as H-106 except for the following:
Material: 100 percent nylon bristle
Size: 3J" to U" wide* 3" to U" from ferrule
to tip* 7 8" thick*
/

" A g e n t s p e c i f i e s c h o i c e t o w h ic h q u o t a t i o n s a p p ly ,




H-130 Reg* WATER HEATER
Stylei Standard type model (exclude table top models)
Galvanized steel or glass-lined steel* Fully
automatic*
Finish: Enamel
fronslruction; Insulation of l£ to 3 inches spun, or
fibre glass or rock wool* "Magnesium rod or glasslined* 100 percent cut-off safety pilot*
Capacity: 30 gallons* Recovery rate of at least 33
gallons per hour for 60°F rise* Input of at least
2U,000 3TU»S per hour*
Guarantee; Straight 5 years, or 5 years with an addi­
tional 5 years on sliding scale (either pre-rated or
based on mileage), or 10 years*
Replacement Conditions: Standard or convenient arrangernent of existing pipes* Pipes do not need replacing*
Brands: Price 2 volume selling brands in each outlet*
Specify: Whether magnesium rod or glass-lined*
Special Instructions: Report tolal price* Indicate
the installation charge by footnote*
H-Uiiul Reg* and H-1 5.1 Alt. FAUCET, SINK
U
Style: Combination kitchen faucet* Swinging spout*
(exclude spray attachment*)
Type: H-liiU*l: Wall mount (exposed through back
assembly*)
H-lU5*l* Ledge (horizontal deck) type
'
Material: Brass, chrome finish
Replacement Conditions; Standard or convenient ar­
rangement of existing pipes* Pipes do not need re­
placement*
Brands: Price 2 volume selling brands in each outlet
Special Instructions: Report total price including
installation* Indicate the installation charge by
footnote* Specify whether with or without soap dish
(If with, specify price of soap dish*) Specify
whether with or without aerator (If with, specify
price of aerator*)

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I.

HOUSING - Continued

8. HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES
H-UOO Reg. BATH TOWEL
Style: White or colors, may have contrasting
color borders (exclude Jacquard designs)
Fabrics Terry, 3 pick
Yarn: Carded cotton
Construction t Selvage sides
Weight: 5 7 lb./doz.
p i
Size: 22 x l U inches
*

H-i*10 Reg and H-hll Alt. SHEET
Fabric: Muslin, white
tarn: Carded cotton
Thread Count (gray): 6 * 6* (type 128)
lx l
Finish: Bleached. Finish not to contain
over ($ sizing
Construction: Hand torn, plain hems, tape
selvage
Size* (before hemming): H-UlO: 8 99"
l"x
“TRillt 8
l*xl08"

H-U20 Reg. BEDSPREAD
Style: Fancy patterns
fabric: Jacquard weave, single color
(one color and white)
Tarn: Carded cotton
Finish: Colorfast to washing
Construction: Woven selvage edges, hemmed ends
Weight: Approx. 3-3i lbs.
Size: Full bed size, approximately 8 x105
5

H-U30 Reg. BLANKET
Style: Single, approx. 5 -7 inch acetate satin
J
or taffeta binding
Fabric: Blanket, double or single woven, solid
colors
Tarn: All new wool
Weight: 3j to 3-3A lbs.
Size: 72 90 inches
x
Seasons: September through January

H-4l l .Alt. to H i l 0 TABLECLOTH
**
-**
Fabric: Plain weave, solid colors
Tarn*: Spun rayon and combed cotton, 2-ply preferred
or may be single ply
Thread Count (gray): Approx. 6 *l 0
lx*
Finish: May be pre-laundered or 1 or less residual
%
shrinkage. Vat dyed
Construction: Machine hemmed
Size: 5555? or 5
UxSl* inches

H-i*50 Reg. CURTAINS
Style: Ruffled (Priscilla type) with tiebacks
Fabric*: Marquisette, plain, pin, pebble, or cushion
dot. White, cream, or ecru
Tarn: Cotton
Thread Count (gray): Plain, 18 28? pin dot, 16x22?
*x
*
pebble dot, UOxld? cushion dot, 16 18
*x
Finish*: Regular preferred or may be permanent
Construction: Plain hemmed. Ruffle approx. 6 to 7
inches finished width. 1-3A to 2 fullness (i.e.
1—3A to 2 in. fullness to each 1 inch of curtain
body)
Size* (including ruffle): Length: A - 90 inches,
” B - 81 inches. Width: A - 50 to 52 inches. (Approx.
i5t acceptable on West Coast.)
* t
Seasons: Designated for each city

H A 51 Reg. CURTAINS
Style: Ruffled (Priscilla type) with tiebacks
fabric: Organdy, white
Tarn: Combed cotton
Thread Count (gray): 60x52
Finish: Heberlein or comparable "permanent* finish
Construction: French headed, picot edge. Ruffle: 6-inch
cut width, 1-3A fullness (i.e. 1-3 yds. fullness to
/U
1 yd. finished ruffle), Back hems, ruffled tiebacks
Size*: Width, each panel: l l 42 in. Length: A. 90 in.
*- *
E7“8 inches? C. 72 inches
l
Seasons: Designated for each city
Special Instructions: Price length originally selected
city-wide

H-4 0 Reg. CURTAINS
*6
H-bUO Reg. TABLECLOTH
Fabric: Dobby crepe or granite weave (momie or
^mummie* crepe) or sailcloth? screen printed
(sometimes termed "hand printed") 3 to 6 colors
Tarn: Carded cotton
Thread Count (gray): Crepe, 68 72
x
Weight: Sailcloth: Regular, (exclude junior
sailcloth)
Finish: Colorfast to washing
Construction: Machine hemmed ends, woven selvage
sides
Size*: 52 52 inches or 5 5 Inches
x
Ux U
* A g e n t s p e c i f i e s c h o i c e t o w h ic h q u o t a t i o n s a p p ly .




Style: Tailored
Fabric: Marquisette, white or eggshell
Tarn: Rayon
Thread Count (gray): l i x per in.
* * 30
Construction: "Hemmed and headed": Bottom Hem: minimum
3 inches. Side hems: 1-lJ Inches. May be double
stitched* (Exclude corded and faced-back edges)
Finished rod pockets
Size*: Width: b0- * inches. Length: A. 90 inches?
42
B.
81 inches? C. 72 inches? D. 6 inches
3
Seasons: Designated for each city

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A P P E N D IX

C .

S p e c ific a tio n s

U sed

fo r

th e

C o lle c tio n

o f

R e ta il

P r i c e s — -C o n tin u e d

I.

H U IN - Continued
OS G

B.

H U E O D TEXTILES
OSHL

H 48 Reg* D A E Y F B IC
-J O
RPR A R
Fabric * t
a - Pebble Cloth
b - Bark Cloth
Solid Colors
Yarn; Carded Cotton
Thread Count (gray);
a - Pebble C loth ------ 28x23 per inch
b - Bark Cloth — — 81x36 per inch
Weight:
a - Pebble Cloth— l.ld yd ./l b .
based on 52-inch material
b - Bark Cloth—— 1*25 y d ./lb .
based on 52-inch material
Finish: Preshrunk, vat dyed
Width: Finished: approximately U8 inches

C.

F O R C V R G A D F R IT R
L O O E IN N U N U E
H-570 Reg. H R S R A E R G
AD UFC U

H-520 Reg* A M ST R R G
X IN E U
Style: Axminster rug. M
ade at factory. Current
patterns; (exclude m ill drops.)
Yarn*: All wool, 2 or 3 ply.
Construction: U-2/3 rows per inch
Backing: Jute or paper
Size: 9 x 12 feet
Note*: I f factory finished rug cannot be priced,
(a) Roll price including binding charge (not
serging) for a 9x12 f t . rug is acceptable for
outlets customarily selling from the r o ll, or
(b) I f an outlet sells rugs from samples only,
prices are acceptable.
(N T :
OE

The "Note" was added Sept. 1953, to
permit pricing of "r o ll goods and pricing
from samples")

H-521 A lt. to H-520 A M S E R G
X IN T R U
Sam as H-520 except for the following:
e
Yarn*: 50 percent wool and 50 percent carpet
rayon, 2 or 3 ply

H-530 Reg* B O D O M V L E
RALQ , EVT
Style: Velvet, broadloom
Tarn*: A ll wool, 2 to 3 ply. Hard twist
Construction:
21k to 216 pitch. 8 to 8 j wires
per inch. 2 shot* Backing: Jute or paper
Width: 9 -ft* (12A )
ffotef: I f an outlet sells "Broadloom" from
samples only, prices are acceptable.

♦A gen t

s p e c ifie s

c h o ic e




to

w h ic h

q u o ta tio n s

a p p ly

1

Construction! Felt base,
Heavy weight.
Size: 9x12 feet

printed enamel surface.

H-600 Reg. LIVING R O SUITE
OM
Style; Lawson, Club, Conventional or Modern; square
or T-cushion
Composition of Suite*;
Apiece, sofa and chair; or 3-piece, sofa and 2
chairs
Construction*;
Base andPSpring: Base, interlaced strips of 3j-inch
firmly woven webbing; or 1-piece sagless webbing
of heavy duck, burlap or material of similar grade
Spring, no-sag or zigger type; or coil springs
tied U-ways (8 knots) with good grade hem twine
p
Combination Base-Spring: Springs fastened to metal
strips and/or rods with coil springs tied 2-ways
(U knots) with wire. M include preformed units
ay
Edge: Hard or spring edge, thickly padded
Platform: Sateen or similar covering
Stuffing: Felted cotton and XXXX Louisiana moss, or
rubberized sisa l or rubberized hair
Cushions; Reversible, spring fille d .
Back; Any type, except loose cushions
Exposed wood: G m or similar hard wood; walnut or
u
mahogany finish
Covering! Pile fabrics m have rubberized backing;
ay
plain velvet (cut p ile ); or Frieze or Boude (un­
cut p ile ); or Jacquard frieze (cut and uncut pile)
Fiber Content: 100-percent mohair p ile , cotton
back (Government Standard or comparable grade)
Note: In southern cities only, tapestry of cotton
and rayon (in grade comparable to the mohair
covering specified) is acceptable for pricing
Size*: (2-inch range permitted)
Sofa: Overall length 75" to 85"
Platform length 60" to 70"
Chair: Height 30" to 35"

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I.
C.

H U IN - Continued
OS G

F O R C V R G A D F R IT R - Continued
L O O E IN N U N U E

H-601 A lt, to H-600 LIVING R O SUITE
OM
Sam as H-600 Reg, except for the following*
e
Covering** Pile fabrics* m have rubberised
ay
backing. Frieze or Boucle (uncut pile) Jacquard
Frieze (cut and uncut pile)
Fiber content of p ile* (a) Mohair, rayon and
cotton; m contain wool, (b) Wool, rayon and
ay
cotton
(N T * Sept, 1953 - added "may have rubberized
OE
backing"
Oct, 1953 - deleted nylon from the blends
added cotton)

H-602 Alt* to H-600 LIVING R O SUITE
OM
Sam as H-600 except for the following*
e
Construction* Cushions* Foam rubber core; or
spring-filled with felted cotton and/or layer
of foam rubbero
Covering** Pile fabrics* m have rubberized
ay
backing. Frieze or Boucle (uncut p ile ); or
Jacquard Frieze (cut and uncut pile)
Fiber content* 100 percent nylon p ile , cotton
back
(N T * Jan, 195k - added "Cushions* M have
OE
ay
foam rubber core; or spring-filled
with felted cotton and/or layer of foam
rubber")

H-630 A lt, to H-631 B D P IN
ESR G
Style * C oil, double-deck, (exclude single-deck
springs)
Construction** 88 to 90 c o ils. M have border
ay
of single-deck co ils.
Frame? Continuous angle iron bottom and top
border (exclude springs with top border wire)
Platform top. O pair o f stabilizers.
ne
Finish* Oil paint or aluminum.
Size: Double bed.
H-631 Reg, B X S R G
O P IN
Style» Box spring. Plain border. Taped edges.
Construction** 80 to 90 co ils, wire tied
Spring~unit covered with sisal pad and layers
of cotton
Covering** Damask, d r ill, sateen or woven ticking;
or other material of comparable quality.
Weight* 6 to 6j oz«/yd« (exclude 8 o z./yd , fabrics)
Sizer- Double bed

*A gent s p e c i f i e s

c h o ic e t o w h ich q u o t a t io n s a p p l y .




C o n tin u e d

H-635 Reg. M T R S
AT ES
Style* Innerspring mattress
Construction** 209 to 232 c o ils. Wire tied spring
unit covered with sisal pad and/or layers of felted
cotton. Prebuilt border with true inner r o ll.
Button tu fts. U to 8 ventilators.
Covering*; Damask, d r ill, sateen or woven ticking; or
ether material of comparable quality.
Weight* 6 to 6j oz./yd , (exclude 8 o z./yd , fabrics)
Size*- Double bed

H-651.1 and H-652.1 Reg. B D O M SUITE
ERO
Style * Modern. Straight line (also called "func­
tional" and "plank-top") *Panel, bookcase or bar bed;
regular chest (exclude commercial modern also called
"w aterfall")
Composition of Suite** A, 3-major pieces; bed, chest,
double dresser with mirror. B k-major pieces; bed,
.».
chest, double dresser with mirror, vanity with mirror
and bench, C. Any other combination e,g» including
night table, chest-robe, etc.
Construction*
Exterior Wood**
Veneered* Walnut (sliced or quartered), mahogany,
Korina or Oak,
Finishes** Blond, bleached, Cordovan, limed, gray
or chocolate, etc,
(exclude laminated core woods)
Cases* 5-ply tops and fronts; 3-ply end panels
Bed* *3 or 5-ply panels; side rails - hardwood or
metal
Structural parts* G m or similar hardwood
u
(general construction* A ll pieces framed and braced
throughout; mortised and tenoned, or doweled. A ll
joints carefully fitte d . A ll exposed surfaces in­
cluding interiors of cases and drawers carefully
machined and sanded; smooth edges.
Cases* Glue-blocked and reinforced throughout
Drawers; Dovetailed a ll corners; bottom fitted into
groove in back panel to provide fu ll box construc­
tion; finished interiors; fu ll depth; center
guides; dust-proofed throughout.
Finish* Water stain; silex fille r ; toning i f neces­
sary; prime coat or "surfacer" and one coat of
varnish or 2 of clear lacquer, sanded between
coats.
Sizes** (2 " range permitted)
H-55l«l Single dresser* U2" to U6" x 18" to 21"; *3
or 1 full-length drawers*
*
H-652.1 Double dresser* 5ktt to 58" x 19" to 21"; *
m
inim - of 6 drawers; (exclude triple dressers)
um
Vanity* kk" to U8" x 18" to 20"
Mirrors* Shape and size in correct proportion to
style of suite
Chest* 35* to 38" x 18" to 20"; #k or 5 drawers
Beds k* 6"
(N T * Febo 1953 - added "Size* 2-inch range permitted
OE
Chests from 32-35* to 35-38"
Sept, 1953 - added "Exterior wood* solid wood limed Oak"
Jan, 195k - added "Styles Bookcase or Bar-type
bed"
deleted "solid wood - limed Oak,
"added under veneer - "or Oak")

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C o n tin u e d

Io H U IN - Continued
OS G
C.

F O R C V R G A D F R IT R - Continued
L O O E IN N U N U E

H-661 D ETTE SET
IN
Style: Early American
Composition of Set: 5 piece, table and h side chairs
Construction:
Exterior Wood* :
*
Solid hard Maple (northern or rock): or Birch with Maple finish
Table*: Dropleaf (extension-type with one center le a f); or
Refectory type
Chairs*: Stool type; or continuous back-post type* Saddle seat
General Construction: A ll joints well-made and carefully fitted .
Smooth edges and well-sanded surfaces.
Finish: Stained, sealed, toning i f necessary; prime coat or
"surfacer" and 2 coats of lacquer, sanded between coats.
Size*: Table: Dropleaf - 36* to 38* x 25* to 27*, closed
Refectory - 32* to 3 x U * to U * , closed.
U*
U
8
(N T : Mar* 1953 - added to table *with center leaf*
OE
deleted chair with *plain seat*
added chair of *continuous back-post type*
Table size changed from
Dropleaf: from 35*-37* x 23*-25* to
36*-38* x 25»-27«)
Refectory: from 30*-32* x u0*-&2* to
32*-3U* x UU*-ii8*
D.

APP
LIAN ES A D O H R H U E A E
C
N T E O S WRS

H-700 Reg* S W G M C IN
E IN
AH E
Style*: Modern or Contemporary, (exclude desk-type)
Standard Head - Domestic Manufacturer
Cabinet: Console style* *Plain walnut or mahogany
veneer on gum, or Mahogany or walnut finish on
hardwood; (exclude blend or bleached fin ish es);
Stretchers between legs optional* M have *Hand
ay
or automatic head-lift* Sewing rack built on
inside of doer, or several small drawers to hold
sewing equipment*
Equipment: Round bobbin, automatic bobbin winder,
Full rotary* Reversible stitch (backward and
forward sewing)* Sewing lig h t. Full set cf
standard attachments, (exclude oscillating round
bobbin and long bobbin).

H-711 Reg* V C U C E N R
AUM LA E
Style: Standard model, (exclude *canister* type*)
Cylinder (tank) type* With set of basic attachments
of approximately 11 pieces
Construction: Suction. Single speed motor
Brand: Each’ 'period price one model of each manufacturer
whose line is carried in reporting outlets*
H-712 Alt* to H-711 Reg* V C U C E N R
AUM LA E
Style: Standard model* Canister (round) type. Full set
of attachments *(Report number of pieces)
Construction: Suction type. 3A - horsepower *Toe-tap
or boggle ""switch* Single speed motor
Brand: Each period price one model of each manufacturer
whose line is carried in reporting outlets.

(N T : Mar* 1953 - added *may have hand or automatic
OE
~
head l i f t )
11-720 Reg* W S IN M C IN
AH G AH E

Style: Standard model* Floor-type (upright)
Without attachments
Construction: Motor-driven brush or agitator*
*SlnglLe or 2-speed motor, (exclude models with
*deluxe* features, such as extra large headlight,
bag m
ade of fabrics other than standard cotton
tw ill, bags with special inner linings, etc*)
Brand: Each period price one model of each m
anu­
facturer whose line is carried in report­
ing outlets*

Style: Standard model* Nonautomatic (wringer type)
Agitator type* Single speed* *May have fu ll skirt*
Construction: Porcelain enamel sheet steel tub*
Synthetic enamel steel legs and framework* Adjustable
position wringer with approximately 2* r o lls , adjust­
able pressure control (nonautomatic), safety pressure
release* With electric water pump, (exclude spinnertype and automatic washing machines, and washers with
automatic timers*)
Capacity* : 8-9 pounds
Brandt Each period price one model of each manufacturer
whose line is carried in reporting outlets*

(N T :
OE

(N T : Sept* 1953 - added *may have fu ll skirt*)
OE

H-710 A lt. to H-7H V C U C E N R
AUM LA E

Mar* 1953 - added *or 2-speed motor*
Mar* 195U - changed from *Reg** to *Alt**)

*A g e n t s p e c i f i e s

c h o ic e t o w h ich q u o t a t io n s a p p ly <




7 0

A EN IX C*
PP D

Specifications Used for the Collection of Retail Prices - Continued
I,
D*

H U IN - Continued
OS G

APP
LIAN ES A D O H R H U E A E - Continued
C
N T E O S WRS

H-730 Reg. R F IG R T R
ER EAO
Style i Standard model.
finish j Dulux exterior. Porcelain enamel interior,
freezing Equipment: Full-width top freezer; 28 to 52
pounds frozen food capacity; 2 to U ice ^rays;
freezer drawer or tray under locker; (exclude
models with individual outside doors for freezer
and refrigerator
Sizei 8.0 to 9.7 cu. f t .
E551net Equipment: Removable or adjustable shelves;
1U to 21 cu. 7E . shelf area; 2 crisper s or
hydrators (may be only 1, i f full-w idth); storage
racks and/or butter keeper on door
Brand: Each period price one model of each manufac­
turer whose line is carried in reporting outlets
(N T : Jan. 1953 - deleted "vegetable bin"
OE
added "may have butter keeper"
June 1953 - revised to include "storage
racks and/or butter keeper on
door")

H-750 Reg. T A T R
OSE
Style: Streamlined. Automatic, "pop-up"
Construction: Chrom plated body. Black or brown
e
plastic trim. Manual lever for depressing
toaster. Dial indicator (selector). Thermostatic
control or timer. Crum tray. A or AC-DC; 110-120
b
C
volts.
Approximate Overall Size: 11x6-1/8x7-l/U inches
jjrand: Each period price one model of each manufacSurer whose line is carried in reporting outlets.

H-760 Reg. O E S U E P N
PN AC A
Description: 2-quart - stamped process. Sheet
aluminum, 16 to 18 gauge* Open pan (exclude
lid ). Metal side handle. Beaded rim.
Brand: Manufacturer and store brands.

"A g e n t s p e c i f i e s

c h o ic e t o w hich q u o t a t io n s a p p l y <




H-770 Reg. D N K A E
IN E W R :

53 piece set

Body: Earthenware (also know in the trade as semi­
n
porcelain or semi-vitreous dinnerware); Ivory to
white. Clear glaze. First selection
Decoration: Over glaze simple decalcomania treatment;
or Liquid bright gold stamped center decoration and/or
border decoration. With or without simple g ilt or
colored edge treatment. Under glaze decoration m
ay
be accepted (provided price is in sam range as over
e
glaze decoration from other outlets in city)
Composition of Set: 8 dinner plates, 8" trade size,
ii bread and butter plates; 8 soup plates; 8 fruit
or cereal dishes; 8 cups and saucers; 1 m
edium
platter, approximately 10" to 12" trade size; 1
vegetable dish (also termed nappie or baker), approxi­
mately 8" trade size; 1 creamer; 1 sugar bowl and
cover (2 pieces);(8 salad plates m be substituted
ay
for 8 soup plates); (Value of any extra pieces in­
cluded in the price reported, such as vegetable dish,
salt and pepper sets, cookie jars, e tc ., are shown
separately by the agent)

APPENDIX C .

S p e c i f i c a t i o n s U sed f o r th e C o l l e c t i o n

o f R e t a i l P r ic e s

-

I.

H U IN - Continued
OS G

2*

C o n tin u e d

H U E O D O E A IO
OSHL PRT N

H-800 Reg. L U D Y S A
ANR OP
Description? Laundry soap, granules or powder
for general laundry use.
Unit*: 20 to 28 ounce package

H-80U Reg. D T R E T
EEGN
Description? All-purpose granulated or powdered
detergent (soapless cleaner).
Unit? Large box (one pound, 3 ounces).

H-811 Reg.; H-812 Reg.; H-8 Reg.; H-815 Reg.
U?
L U D Y - 20 pound bundle
ANR
Description: 20 pound laundry bundle:
H-Sll - Thrifty - Everything washed; wearing
apparel returned damp; fla t work
completely ironed ready for use.
H-812 - Fluffed Dry (No Starch) - Everything
washed; nothing starched; wearing
apparel returned dry; fla t work re­
turned ironed ready for use.
H-81U - Economy (Family or Press Finished) Everything washed; articles requiring
starch are starched; wearing apparel
finished on hand press with no hand-work
fla t work is returned ironed ready for
use; no mending.
H-815 - Finished Family (Complete Finished) Everything washed; articles requiring
starch are starched; wearing apparel
finished with hand-work; fla t work re­
turned ironed ready for use; mending
done.

H-830 Reg. D Y C E N G A D P E
R L A IN N R SSIN
G
Description: Cleaning and pressing m s 2-piece wool
an’
su it. Delivered. Regular service. Include any
service charge or insurance.
(N T :
OE

Jan. 1953 - revised
suit)

2-piece

from 3-piece

su it, to

H-835 Reg. D Y C E N G A D P E
R L A IN N R SSIN
G
Description: Cleaning and pressing wom s plain
en’
l-pfece““3ress, without pleats. Cash, carry and
c a ll-fa r. Regular service. Include any service
charge or insurance.

*A g s n t s p e c i f i e s

c h o ic e t o w h ich q u o t a t io n s a p p ly ,




n
APPENDIX C .

S p e c ific a tio n s

U sed F o r The C o l l e c t i o n o f R e t a i l P r i c e s — C o n tin u e d

2.

APRL
PAE

A* HEN'S O T R E R
UE WA
A-110 Reg. SUIT
Style: Single or double breasted 2-piece (coat and
one pair of trousers)
Fabric:
Body: Hard-finished fabrics such as worsteds,
sharkskin or gabardine (exclude unfinished worsteds)
Yams A ll new wool worsted
Weight: 13 to 13i 0 ./y d .
2
Lining: Coat half-lined and sleeves fu ll-lin ed
with acetate or rayon fabric
Interlining: Fronts canvas of cotton, rayon (and/or
wool) and hair
Construction: Full cut
WorkmansKIp: Approx. #k grade tailoring: Handfelied bottom of collar, lining hand-felled at
arahole, shoulder and bottom of sleeve, handmade
buttonholes in coat
Site Range: Regular 3k to kk

A -llk , Reg. SUIT
Style: Single or double breasted 2-piece (coat and
one pair of trousers)
Fabric:
Body* Hard-finished fabrics such as worsted,
sharkskin or gabardine (exclude unfinished worsteds)
Yarn: A ll new wool worsted
Weight: 13 to 13j oa./yd.
Lining: Coat half-lined and sleeves fu ll-lin ed
with acetate or rayon fabric
Interlining; Fronts canvas of cotton, rayon
(and/or wool) and hair
Construction!
Workmanship: Approx. #1 to #2 grade tailoring:
Hand-felled bottom of collar, sleeve lining m be
ay
hand-felled at top or bottom or both top and bottom,
remainder of garment machine m
ade including machine
buttonholes
Sise Range: Regular 3k to kk

A-120 Reg. SUIT
Style: Single or double breasted 2-piece (coat and
one pair of trousers)
Fabric:
Body: Suiting;
Yarn:* Rayon and/or acetate; m contain m
ay
axium of
25£ nylon
Weight: U to 11 oz./yd . based on 59 to 60 inch
p
wHIET
Finish: M be crease and stain resistant
ay
Lining: Coat half-lined and sleeves fu ll-lin ed
with rayon and/or acetate fabric
Interlining: Fronts canvas of cotton, rayon, and
hair mixture
Construction:
W
orkm
andhTp; Approx. #1+ to #2 grade tailoring:
Sand-felled bottom of collar, sleeve lining m be
ay
hand-felled at top or bottom or both top and bottom,
remainder of garment machine m
ade including machine
buttonholes
Sise Range: 3k to kk
Season a ic Areas: March through July, a ll areas,
nt
except West Coast cities
* A g e n t s p e c i f i e s c h o ic e t o w hich q u o t a t io n s a p p ly ,




A-130 Reg. SUCKS
Style; Pleats at waist
Fabric:*
Body: Hard-finished worsted fabrics such as gabar­
dine or covert (exclude serge)
Yam: A ll new wool worsted
Weight; 13 to Ik 02./y d .
Lining: Waistband mercerised cotton tw ill or rayon
Pockets: mercerised cotton
Construction: Full cut
Clean workmanship (comparable to that in trousers of
A-110 su it.) Zipper fly
Sise Range: 28 to !«0 inch waist
A-136 Reg. SLAC S
K
Style: Pleats at waist
Fabric:
Yam: Rayon/acetate
Welgnt: Ik 02./y d .
Lining: Waistband: cotton tw ill or rayon;
Pockets: 3 y d ./lb . cotton sheeting or tw ill
Construction:
~ Fair workmanship: Plain serged seams, tipper fly ,
about 2 inch outlet in back seam at waist
Sise Range: Approximately 28 to kk
A-137 A lt. to A-136 SLAC S
K
Style : Pleats at waist, may have s e lf belt
Fabric:*
B oy: Hard-finished fabrics such as gabardine or
suitings
Yam:* Rayon and/or acetate, m contain 15 to 25*
ay
nylon
Weight:*
a. Year-round, 12£ to 15 os./y d .* or
b . Tropical, up to 11 o z./yd .
Finish: Crease resistant, nay be stain or spot
resistant
Lining: kkistband: cotton or rayon tw ill, m be
ay
rubberised type such as Snugtex
Pockets: Cotton tw ill
Construction: Full cut
Clean workmanship: Serged seams, may have saddle
stitching on side seam (may be welt seam) Zipper
fly , *Regular belt loops and pockets or tunnel loops
and/or offset pockets
Sise Range: Regular (approximately 28 to kk)
A-170 Reg.

WR T O S R
OK R UE S

Style: Work
Fabric:
“ M L * k-leaf le ft hand tw ill, khaki or colors
Yam: Carded cotton
Weight: (gray): 8.2 to 8.5 o s./sq .yd .
Finish: Vat dyed; mercerised, residual shrinkage
I* or less
Pockets: Cotton d r ill, 2.85 y d ./lb .
Construction: Full cut, 28 to 29 yd./doz. based on
37-inch fabric and sise scale 29 to k2 inches
Clean workmanship:
Sise Range: 30 to kk inch waist

73

A P N IX C.
PED

Specifications Used For The Collection of Retail Prices—Continued
2.
A.

A-185 Reg.

APRL
P A E —Continued

M NS O T R E R
E’
U E W A —Continued

W R SHIRT
OK
A-188 Reg.

Style: W
ork
Pockets:* Plain button-through preferred! or
m be plain with button flap
ay
Fabric:
BoGy: Chambray
Yarn: Carded cotton
Weight: Gray: 3*90 y d ./lb ., Finished: Approx.
3.66 y d ./lb . based on 36-inch fabric
Finish: Residual shrinkage 1 or less
%
Construction: Full cut: 30 to 31 yd./doz. based on
36-inch fabric and neckband size scale lii to 17
Clean workmanship: Collar interlined, continuous
non-rip sleeve facing, double or triple-stitched
seam, good quality buttons (exclude extra features
such as double fabric elbow and forearm and extra
depth front or back yoke with air vents)
Size Range: 11 to 17 inch neckband

fi.
A-200 Reg.

BU ESS SHIRT
SIN
A-230 Reg.

U DRH T
N E S IR

Style: Athletic
fabric:
So3y: Rib knit, l x l ; or 2 x 2 ("Swiss r ib "), or
panel
Yarn: Com
bed cotton (exclude mercerized yam)
Weight: 1- 3 to 2 lb ./d o z.
/U
Construction:
fa ir workmanship:
M have nylonized fin ish ; m have nylon seam
ay
ay
stitching and/or part nylon yarn in fabric bindings
Size Range: 3U to U inch chest
U
Pricing Unit: Single; or multiple of 6 or less
A-23 b Reg. S O T
HRS

BUSINESS SHIRT

Style: Business, fused collar, attached barrel
"““cuFfs
Fabric:
" body: Broadcloth, white, colors or prints
Yam: Carded cotton
Thread Count (Gray): 100 x 60 or 112 x 60
Finish: Colorfast to washing
Residual shrinkage 1 or less
%
Construction: 29 to 30 yd./doz. based on 36-inch
fabric and neckband size scale lit to 17
Fair workmanship:
Size Range: lb to 17 neckband
A-220 Reg.

Style: Clute pattern, knit wrists
fabric:
body: Canton flannel, twilled canvaj outside,
napped finish on inside, single thickness
Yam: Carded cotton
Weight: 8 oz./yd.
Wrist: Cotton, double knit
Construction: Single lockstitch seams

M
EN'S F R ISH G A D AC E R S
U N IN S N
C SSO IE

Style: Business, fused or similarly constructed
"c o lla r , attached barrel cuffs
Fabric:
body: Broadcloth, white
Yarn: Com
bed cotton
Thread Count (Gray): 136 x 60 or 128 x 68
fin ish : Residual shrinkage 1 or less
%
Construction: Full cut, 31 to 32 yd./doz. based on
36-inch fabric and neckband size scale Ik to 17
Clean workmanship:
Brand: Manufacturer's nationally advertised
Size Range: lit to 17 inch neckband

A-202 Reg.

WR G O E
OK L V S

Style: Boxer; or yoke front; gripper or button
closure; woven elastic inserts at waist
Fabric:
Body: Broadcloth, printed pattern
Yarn: Carded cotton
Thread Count (Gray): 80 x 60
Finish: Residual shrinkage 1 or le ss; colorfast to
%
washing
Construction: 12 to 13 yds/doz. based on 36-inch
fabric and size scale 30 to U inches
U
Fair workmanship:
Size Range: 30 to bU inch waist
Pricing Unit: Single; or multiple units of 6 or less

PJ MS
AA A
A-210 Reg.

Style: Coat or middy
Fabric:*
body: Percale printed patterns; broadcloth solid
colors or printed patterns
Yam: Carded cotton
Thread Count (Gray):
Percale: "WxTT^
Broadcloth: 80 x 60
Finish:* Regular; or residual shrinkage 1 or less;
%
colorfast to washing
Construction: 50 to 51 yd./doz. based on 36-inch
Fair workmanship:
Size Range: Regular, A to D
*A g en t s p e c if i e s

c h o ic e t o




w hich q u o t a t io n s a p p ly

SCS
OK

Style: Dress, seamless
*Half hose or slack length
Solid colors (exclude clocking)
Fabric: Cotton, knit
Yam: Combed, mercerized, 2
-ply in body
Construction: 220 to 2bP needles, heels and toes
reinforced with cotton and/or nylon
Size Range: Approx. 10 to 13
Pricing Unit: Single; or multiple of 6 or less

7
h
APPENDIX C. Specifications Used For The C ollection of R e tail P rices— Continued
2.
B.

APPAREL—C o n t in u e d

MEN'S FURNISHINGS AND ACCESSORIES—C o n t in u e d

A -2 i0 i R e g .

SOCKS

S t y l e : * H a lf h o s e o r s l a c k l e n g t h ; s o l i d c o l o r s
o r fan c y p a tte rn s
F a b r ic :
R ay o n
W e ig h t : l i t t o 1 8 o z ./ d o z . b a s e d o n h a l f h o s e
In s iz e 11
C o n s t r u c t i o n : 2 2 0 t o 2kP n e e d l e s ; m e r c e r i s e d
c o tto n t o p s ; t o e h e e l and s o le r e in f o r c e d w ith
m e r c e r i z e d c o t t o n , r a y o n , a n d / o r n y lo n
S iz e R an ge: 10 to 12
P r ic in g f r n it: S in g le ; o r m u ltip le o f 6 o r l e s s

C.
A -3 2 0 R e g .

BOYS' APPAREL

SU CK S

S t y l e : C o n t in u o u s w a is t b a n d w i t h e l a s t i c i n s i d e s ,
p le a te d f r o n t , 2 s id e and 2 b ack p o c k e ts
F a b r ic :
b o d y : G a b a r d in e
y a r n : R a y o n / a c e ta te
W e ig h t :
A p p ro x . I k o z . / y d . b a s e d o n 6 0 ” f a b r i c
F in is h : C rease r e s is t a n t
L in in g :'
W a is t b a n d : C o t t o n o r r a y o n t w i l l f a b r i c , m ay h a v e
r u b b e r iz e d s e c t io n (S n u g te x ty p e )
P o c k e t s : C o tto n t w i l l f a b r i c
C o n s tr u c tio n :
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip : S ea m s p r e s s e d o p e n a n d s e r g e d ;
z i p p e r f l y ; m a y h a v e s a d d l e s t i t c h i n g o n s i d e sea m
(m ay b e w e l t s e a m ) ; ( e x c l u d e f l a p s o n b a c k p o c k e t s
an d tu n n e l lo o p s )
S iz e R an ge: J u n io r (a p p ro x , k to 1 2)

A -3 2 1 R e g .

A -3 6 0 R e g .
A -3 6 1 A l t .

DUNGAREES OR JEANS:
JEANS: W e s t e r n S t y l e

S t y le :

A - 3 6 0 :* a .
b.
A -3 6 1 :

D u n g a re e s; o r
W e s t e r n ” j e a n s ; e x t r a lo n g o r
ta p e re d le g s ; yoke b a c k .
" W e s te r n ” j e a n s ; e x t r a l o n g o r t a p e r e d
le g s ; yoke b ac k .

F a b r ic :
b o d y : W h it e - b a c k b i n e d e n im
Y a rn : C ard ed c o tto n
W e ig h t * ( F i n i s h e d , b a s e d o n 28 t o 2 9 - i n c h f a b r i c ) :
A - 3 6 0 : 8 o z . / y d . ---------------------------------------------------A -3 6 1 : 9 t o 10 o z ./ y d .
F i n i s h : R e s i d u a l s h r i n k a g e 1% o r l e s s
C o n s t r u c t io n : F u l l o u t
C l e a n w o rk m a n s h ip : S e a m s , d o u b le o r t r i p l e - s t i t c h e d ;
b a r t a c k in g an d / o r r i v e t i n g a t p o in t s o f s t r a i n ;
z ip p e r o r b u tto n f l y c lo s u r e .
S i z e a n d R a n g e : C a d e t o r P re p r a n g e ( i n c l u d e m inim um
o f 3 s i z e s i n r a n g * 1 2 t o 1 8 / 2 0 ) E x c e p t io n : S i z e s
l b an d 1 6 o n ly a r e a c c e p t a b le i n b o ys* r a n g e s w h ere
s i z e 12 i s i n c l u d e d i n J u n i o r r a n g e

SU C K S

S t y l e : C o n tin u o u s w a is t b a n d w i t h e l a s t i c i n s i d e s ,
p le a t e d f r o n t , 2 s iz e an d 2 b ac k p o c k e ts
F a b r ic :
b o d y : G a b a r d in e
Y a r n : * 1 5 t o 2$% n y l o n , b a l a n c e r a y o n o r r a y o n / a c e ta te
W e ig h t : 1 3 t o I b i o z . / y d . b a s e d on 5 8 - 6 0 " f a b r i c
F i n i s h : C r e a s e r e s i s t a n t m ay b e n o n - o i l y s t a i n
r e s i s t a n t a n d w a s h a b le
L i n i n g : Sam e a s A -3 2 0
' W a is t b a n d : C o t t o n o r r a y o n t w i l l f a b r i c , m ay h a v e
r u b b e r iz e d s e c t io n (S n u g te x t y p e )
C o n s tr u c tio n :
b l e a n w o rk m a n s h ip : S ea m s p r e s s e d o p e n a n d s e r g e d ;
z i p p e r f l y ; m ay n a v e s a d d l e s t i t c h i n g o n s i d e seam
(m a y b e w e l t s e a m ) ; ( e x c l u d e f l a p s o n b a c k p o c k e t s
a n d t u n n e l lo o p s )
S iz e R an ge: J u n io r (a p p ro x , k t o 1 2 )

*Agent sp e cifie s choice to which quotations apply<




A -3 7 0 R e g .
S ty le :

SPORT SHIRT

S p o r t, c o n v e r tib le c o l l a r ,
S le e v e s :
s h o r t ( A ) : o r l o n g (B )
F a b r ic : P la in o r s lu b b r o a d c lo th , p o p lin , o r t w i l l ;
s o lid c o lo r s , w h it e , o r p r in te d p a t t e r n s
Y a m : C ard ed e o tto n
• th re a d C o u n t ( g r a y ) :
~ b r o a d c l o t h : ICO x 6 0 o r 1 1 2 x 6 0 ( s l u b )
P o p lin : 1 0 0 x U i
W e ig h t : T w i l l : 2 . 8 5 y d . / l b . b a s e d o n 3 6 - i n c h f a b r i c
f in is h :
R e s i d u a l s h r i n k a g e 1£ o r l e s s ; c o l o r f a s t t o
w a s h in g
C o n s t r u c t i o n : Y d s ./ d o z . b a s e d o n 3 6 - i n c h f a b r i c a n d
s i z e s c a l e 8 t o 20 y e a r s : S h o r t s l e e v e s 1 8 t o 1 9 ,
L ong s l e e v e s :
25 a p p r o x im a te ly
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip :
S iz e an d R an ge: i l l y e a r s ; C ad et o r P re p r a n g e
Seaso n :
(a ) , S h o rt s le e v e s :
a p p r o x i m a t e l y M a rc h t h r o u g h
A u g u s t , d e p e n d in g o n c l i m a t i c c o n d i t i o n s .
( B ) , L o n g s l e e v e s : a p p r o x i m a t e l y S e p te m b e r t h r o u g h
F e b r u a r y , d e p e n d in g o n c l i m a t i c c o n d i t i o n s

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Specificntion s Used For The C ollection of R e ta il Prices— Continued
2.

C.

APPAREL— C o n tin u e d

BOYS' APPAREL— C o n tin u e d

A -3 8 0 R e g .

A - 3 7 1 , A l t . t o A- 3 7 0 , SPORT SHIRT
S t y l e : S p o r t $ c o n v e r t i b l e c o l l a r , lo n g s l e e v e s ,
l^ B u t t o n c u f f
F a b r ic : P rin te d f la n n e l
Y arnT C a r d e d c o t t o n
W e ig h t : J y d . / l b .
F i n i s h : R e s i d u a l s h r i n k a g e 1% o r l e s s
C o n s tr u c tio n :
PocTceTs i * ~ 1 o r 2 p l a i n ( w i t h o u t b u t t o n o r f l a p ) ;
c r T f n o t a v a ila b le , 2 b u tto n -th ro u g h o r f la p
p o c k e t s ; i n t e r l i n e d c o l l a r ; d o u b le y o k e ; p l a s t i c
b u tto n s
S i z e R a n g e : J u n i o r (m inim um o f 3 i n s i z e s 6 t o 1 2 )
S e a s o n : S e p te m b e r t h r o u g h M a r c h , a p p r o x i m a t e l y

D.

A -IilO a n d A - b i l R e g .

S t y l e : S p o r t o r c a s u a l , w it h o u t f u r t r i m , f u l l
le n g th
F a b r ic :
"""B ody: s o f t f i n i s h e d f a b r i c s s u c h a s t w e e d , f l e e c e ,
B r o a d c lo t h t y p e , o r s u e d e ( e x c l u d e p o o d le )
Y a m : A l l new w o o l w o o le n
W e ig h t : 1 6 t o 1 8 oz©/yd©
L in in g :
R ayo n a n d / o r a c e t a t e t a f f e t a ( p r e f e r a b l y ) ,
o r s a t in o r crep e
A -b lO : M u s t h a v e m e t a l i n s u l a t e d b a c k w h en w i t h o u t
in te r lin in g
A - b l l : M ay h a v e m e t a l i n s u l a t e d b a c k
I n t e r l i n in g :
A - b lU : w n e re u s e d :
f u l l l e n g t h ; q u i l t e d 100#
r e p r o c e s s e d o r r e u s e d w o o l; o r c o t t o n
f la n n e l
A - b l l : None
C o n s tr u c tio n :
F a i r w o rk m a n s h ip : A l l m a c h in e m a d e ; m ay h a v e h a n d f i n i s h e d b o u n d Tout to n h o l e s
S i z e R a n g e : M i s s e s ' r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 1 2 t o 20}>; o r i f
m is s e s * a r e n o t a v a ila b le , p r ic e ju n io r s ' ( u s u a lly
7 -1 5
R easo n an d A r e a s :
S e p te m b e r t h r o u g h J a n u a r y
A -h lO : a l l c i t i e s e x c e p t t h o s e s p e c i f i e d f o r A - i| ll
A - b ll:
L o s A n g e le s a n d S a n F r a n c i s c o

( NOTE: S ep t© 1 9 5 b - a d d e d “m e t a l i n s u l a t e d b a c k " u n d e r

* Agent sp e cifie s choice to which quotations apply,




S t y l e : B r i e f ; a l l a r o u n d e l a s t i c w e b b in g w a is t b a n d
F a b r i c : R ib k n i t
Y a r n : Combed c o t t o n , ( e x c l u d e m e r c e r i z e d f i n i s h )
C o n s t r u c t io n :
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip : D o u b le c r o t c h ; k n i t t a p e b o u n d o r
d o u b le s e l f - f a b r i c f l y f r o n t ; m ay h a v e n y l o n i z e d
f i n i s h ; m ay h a v e n y l o n s e a m s t i t c h i n g a n d / o r p a r t
n y lo n y a r n i n f a b r i c b in d in g s an d s u p p o r tin g s t r a p s
W e ig h t : 1 t o l £ l b . / d o z . b a s e d o n s i z e s c a l e 8 t o 1 6
years
S i z e : l b y e a r s ( a p p r o x im a te ly 2 8 - in c h w a i s t )
P r i c i n g U n it: S i n g l e ; o r m u lt ip le o f 6 o r l e s s

WOMEN'S OUTERWEAR

SPORT COAT

lin in g )

SHORTS

A - lil5 R e g .

COAT

S t y l e : C a su a l o r s p o r t; s e l f d e t a i l ; f u l l le n g th
F a b r ic :
B o d y: * C u t c h i n c h i l l a , tw e e d , o r d u v e ty n ty p e
Y a m : A l l new w o o l w o o le n
W e ig h t : 1 6 t o 18 o z . / y d . e x c e p t f o r c h i n c h i l l a ,
a p p r o x i m a t e l y 2 0 / 2 1 oz©
L in in g : A c e ta te s a t i n , (e x c lu d e c r e p e -b a c k s a t i n ) ; o r
i f n o t a v a ila b le , t a f f e t a
C o a ts w ith o u t i n t e r l i n i n g : L in in g m u st b e m e t a l i n ­
s u l a t e d - i n a l l c i t i e s e x c e p t L o s A n g e le s a n d
S a n F r a n c i s c o , w h e re i t m ay o r m a y n o t b e m e t a l
in s u la te d
I n t e r l i n i n g (id le r e u s e d ) :*
A l l new w o o l, f u l l l e n g t h
fc o n s tr u c f io n : F u l l c u t
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip :
H a n d -p ip e d b u t t o n h o l e s ; b o tto m o f
s l e e v e l i n i n g s h a n d o r m a c h in e f e l l e d ; l i n i n g t a c k e d
t o b o d y a t b o tto m o f s l e e v e s , u n d e r e a c h a r m h o le ; a n d
hem c h a i n - t a c k e d a t e a c h s i d e s e a m ; r e m a in d e r o f
g a r m e n t m a c h in e m a d e ; c o a t hem u s u a l l y r ib b o n f i n i s h e d .
S iz e R an ge:* M is s e s ' r e g u la r ( u s u a l l y 12 t o 2 0 ) ; o r i f
m i s s e s 's i z e s a r e n o t a v a i l a b l e , p r ic e ju n io r s '
( u s u a l l y 7 -1 5 )
S e a s o n : S e p te m b e r t h r o u g h J a n u a r y

(N
OTEi mov. 19gU - added " .e U l insulated" under lin in g )

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Sp ecifications Used For The C ollection of R e ta il Prices— Continued
2.
D.

A -k 3 0 R eg*

APPAREL— C o n tin u e d

WOMEN1 S OUTERWEAR— C o n tin u e d

SU IT

A -k 5 5 R e g .

S t y l e : T w o - p ie c e , t a i l o r e d ; o r s o f t s t y l e ( n o t d r e s s *
m aker ty p e )
S k i r t : s t r a i g h t w ay h av e k ic k p le a t s ;
o r g o r e d , maximum o f 7 2 - i n c h sw e ep
F a b r ic :
7 : * H a r d - f in is h e d f a b r i c s u c h a s g a b a r d in e an d
f a n c y w o rs te d s
Y a r n : A l l new w o o l w o r s t e d
W e ig h t : 1 1 t o 1 2 o z ./ y d *
L in in g : C o at f u l l - l i n e d w it h r a y o n a n d / o r a c e t a t e
s a t in o r crep e
I n te r lin in g :
F r o n t s : H a i r c l o t h , p e r c a l i n e o r c o t t o n c a m b r ic
C o n s tr u c tio n :
F a i r w o rk m a n s h ip : A l l m a c h in e m a d e , e x c e p t s l e e v e
l i n i n g h a n d - f e l l e d a t b o t to m , m ay h a v e h a n d f i n i s h e d
b o u n d b u t t o n h o le s
Hem: l £ - 2 i n c h e s i n c l u d i n g t a p e
S i z e R a n g e : M is s e s * r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 1 2 t o 2 0 )
S e a s o n : S e p te m b e r t h r o u g h A p r i l

A - k 3 l , A l t . t o A -k 3 0 R e g .

SUIT

S t y le :
T W o -p ie c e , t a i l o r e d ; o r s o f t s t y l e ( n o t d r e s s m a k e r t y p e ) S k i r t : s t r a i g h t ® ay h a v e k i c k p l e a t s ;
o r g o red
F a b r ic :
B o d y: * S o f t - f i n i s h e d f a b r i c s , s u c h a s f l a n n e l , s u e d e ,
S h e tla n d ty p e o r c o v e r t ( s o l i d c o l o r s , n o t f le c k e d )
Y a r n : A l l n ew w o o l w o o le n
W ig h t : 1 2 to 13 o z ./ y d .
L i n i n g : R ay o n a n d / o r a c e t a t e s a t i n o r c r e p e , f u l l l i n e d
I n te r lin in g :
F r o n t s : H a i r c l o t h , p e r c a l i n e o r c o t t o n c a m b r ic
C o n s tr u c tio n :
F a i r w o rk m a n s h ip : A l l m a c h in e m a d e , e x c e p t s l e e v e
l i n i n g h a n d - f e l l e d a t b o t to m , m ay h a v e h a n d - f i n i s h e d
bound b u tto n h o le s
Hem: l - l £ i n c h e s i n c l u d i n g t a p e
S i z e R a n g e : M is s e s * r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 1 2 t o 2 0 )
S e a s o n : S e p te m b e r th ro u g h A p r il

A -k 5 0 R e g .

SKIRT

S t y l e : S t r a i g h t o r g o r e d ; s t r a i g h t s k i r t , m ay h a v e
“ T ic k p le a ts
F a b r ic :
:* S o f t - f i n i s h e d f a b r i c s , s u c h a s f l a n n e l , S h e tla n d
, tw e e d ( t w e e d m ay h a v e c o t t o n b i n d e r i n w a rp o r
f illin g )
Y a r n : A l l new w o o l w o o le n
W e ig h t : 6 t o 7 o z . / y d .
C o n s tr u c tio n :
1 f a i r w o rk m a n s h ip : Hem: T ap e f i n i s h e d , l £ t o 2 i n c h e s
in c lu d in g t a p e ; z ip p e r p la c k e t
S i z e R a n g e : M is s e s * r e g u l a r , u s u a l l y 2 k t o 3 0
S e a s o n : S e p te m b e r t h r o u g h J a n u a r y

*Agent sp e cifie s choice to which quotations apply




SKIRT

S t y l e : S t r a i g h t , f l a r e d , g o r e d , o r w ith k ic k p l e a t s
f a b r ic :
B o d y :* F l a n n e l , g a b a r d i n e , s h a r k s k i n , m e n s w e a r s u i t ­
i n g o r l i n e n w eave
Y a r n : R ay o n a n d / o r a c e t a t e ; l i n e n w e a v e m u s t b e a l l
rayo n
F in is h : U s u a lly c r e a s e r e s i s t a n t ; lin e n w e av e, un­
c o n d i t i o n a l l y w a s h a b le *
W e ig h t : A p p r o x im a t e ly 9 j t o 1 0£ o z . / y d . b a s e d o n k k
t o kb i n c h f a b r i c
C o n s tr u c tio n :
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip : Hem: l £ t o 2 i n c h e s , i n c l u d i n g
t a p e ; f l a r e s k i r t m ay h a v e 1 - i n c h hem
S e a m s : £ t o 5/8 i n c h ; p in k e d e d g e s c o n c e a l e d z i p p e r
c l o s u r e ; m ay h a v e r u b b e r i z e d w a i s t b a n d ( S n u g t e x t y p e )
*M ay h a v e g e n u in e l e a t h e r b e l t , a p p r o x * 5 / 8 " w id t h
S i z e R a n g e : M is s e s * r e g u l a r , u s u a l l y 2 k t o 3 0
( NOTE:

J u l y 1 9 5 k - a d d e d "m ay h a v e l e a t h e r b e lt * * )

A - k 5 6 , A l t . t o A -k 5 5

SKIRT

S t y l e : S t r a i g h t , w i t h o r w it h o u t p l e a t s ; o r g o r e d
f a b r ic :
B ody: * F la n n e l, g a b a r d in e , s u i t i n g s , l i n e n w e a v e s ,
or f a ille
Y a r n : R ay o n a n d / o r a c e t a t e ; m ay h a v e c o t t o n c o n t e n t
i n lin e n w eaves
C o n s t r u c t io n :
F a i r w o rk m a n s h ip : Hem: s t r a i g h t c u t : l t o 2 i n c h e s ,
I n c l u d i n g t a p e ; g o r e d s t y l e s : m inim um t o 1 i n c h ,
i n c l u d i n g t a p e , w h e re u s e d
S e a m s : P l a i n w it h p in k e d o r r a w e d g e s ; s i d e se a m s
n o t p r e s s e d op en
T r im :
M ay h a v e s m a l l am o u n t o f t r i m ; m ay h a v e s e l f
o r n o v e l t y b e l t , ( e x c l u d e g e n u in e l e a t h e r
b e lt )
S iz e R an ge:

M is s e s *

A - k 6 l , A lt ’, t o A -k 6 0

r e g u la r , u s u a lly 2k to 30

BLOUSE

S t y l e : -a s e m i- ta ilo r e d o r d r e s s y ; s h o r t , t h r e e q u a r t e r , o r l o n g s l e e v e s ; m ay b e s l e e v e l e s s
(sum m er o n l y )
F a b r ic :
5 o 3 y :* C re p e , su ch a s t is s u e f a i l l e (f a n c y f r e e
q u a l i t y i s t y p i c a l ) ; o r n y lo n t r i c o t ; s o l i d c o l o r s
Y a r n : C r e p e : R ay o n a n d / o r a c e t a t e
T r i c o t : N y lo n , 1 5 t o hP d e n i e r
F i n i s h : H and w a s h a b le o r d r y - c l o a n a b l e
C o n s t r u c t i o n : a p p r o x . 21 i n c h e s , fr o m c e n t e r o f
b a c k o f n e c k t o b o tto m
F a i r w o rk m a n s h ip : S e a m s : C r e p e : 3 / 8 i n c h ,
p i n k e d ; or m e rro w f i n i s h e d . T r i c o t : ra erro w
f i n i s h e d . S h o u l d e r P a d s : N o n e. T r im : m ay
h a v e m o d e r a te am o u n t o f t r i m o r d e t a i l ; b u t t o n s :
u s u a l l y g l a s s , p l a s t i c o r n o v e lt y (e x c lu d e
g e n u in e p e a r l )
S i z e R a n g e : M is s e s * r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 3 2 t o 3 8 )

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APPENDIX C.

Sp ecificatio n s Used For The C ollection of R e ta il Prices — Continued
2.
D.

A -h 9 0 , R e g .

APPAREL — C o n tin u e d

WOMEN'S 9UTERWEAR— C o n tin u e d

STREET DRESS

A - l£ 5 , R e g .

S t y l e s One p i e c e * c a s u a l * w i t h s o f t l i n e s $ m ay h a v e
m o d e r a t e am o u n t o f t r i m .
F a b r ic s
B o dy: * S o f t f in is h e d f a b r ic su c h a s f l a n n e l , c r e p e o r
je r s e y .
Y a r n : A l l n ew w o o l w o o le n
W e ig h t : A p p r o x . 6 t o 8 o z . / y d . b a s e d o n 5 1 - i n c h
m a te r ia l
C o n s t r u c t io n : F u l l c u t
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip ? Hem: T ap e f i n i s h e d ; s t r a i g h t s k i r t :
I£ to 2 in c h e s in c lu d in g t a p e ; f u l l s k i r t : a p p ro x . 2
in c h e s in c lu d in g ta p e
S e a m s : P l a i n * w i t h p in k e d e d g e s ; j e r s e y se a m s m ay b e
p la in * bound o r m erro v
S h o u ld e r P a d s : S h ap ed * c o v e re d w it h s e l f o r r a y o n
f a b r i c * h a n d se w n t o g a r m e n t
T rim :
B u t t o n h o l e s : M ay b e h a n d - f i n i s h e d i f u t i l i s e d
p r im a r ily a s t r im
B u t t o n s : i f u s e d * m ay b e n o v e l t y o r s e l f f a b r i c
co v e re d
S i z e R a n g e : M is s e s ' r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 1 2 t o 20)
R e a s o n : S e p te m b e r th ro u g h J a n u a r y
( NOTE:

S e p t . 1 9 5 3 - r e v i s e d hem d e p t h f r o m " a p p r o x .
1 - in c h t o a p p ro x . 2 - in c h " )

S t y l e : C a s u a l; o r t a ilo r e d * su ch a s s h ir t w a is t o r
c o a t t y p e ; one p ie c e
F a b r ic :
B o d y : * C h am b ray* g in g h a m * b r o a d c l o t h * o r g l a z e d
p e r c a le
Y a r n : C h am b ray a n d b r o a d c l o t h : com bed c o t t o n ;
g in g h a m a n d g l a z e d p e r c a l e :
c a rd e d c o tto n
T h re a d c o u n t ( G r a y ) :
cH a m b ra y :
80 x 76 a p p ro x .
G in gh am :
76 x 68*
r e g u la r w e ig h t ; o r
7 1 x 56* t i s s u e w e ig h t
B r o a d c lo th :
1 3 6 x 60
G la z e d p e r c a l e 8 0 x 8 0 ; o r
80 x 92
F i n i s h : M e r c e r iz e d a n d r e s i d u a l s h r i n k a g e o f 1 £ o r
£ e l i ; o r e v e r g l a z e f i n i s h ; t i s s u e g in g h a m m ay b e
w r i n k l e r e s i s t a n t a n d h a v e 2% r e s i d u a l s h r i n k a g e
C o n s t r u c t io n : F u ll c u t
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip : Hem: A p p r o x . 2 i n c h e s ( 1 7/8 t o
2 1 / 8 ) ; f u l l e r sw eep s t y l e s s u c h a s u n p r e s s e d p l e a t
a n d f l a r e s t y l e s m ay h a v e m inim um 7 / 8 " . S e a m s : m a in
s id e s k i r t seam : 3/8 t o £ in c h d e p th ; B e l l lo o p s :
T h r e a d ; T r im : M o d e r a te am o u n t o f t r i m o r d e t a i l
S iz e R an gel H is s e s ' r e g u la r ( u s u a lly 12 t o 20)
S e a s o n : M a rc h t h r o u g h J u l y
( NOTE:

A -b 9 8 , R e g .
S t y le :

STREET DRESS

M ay 1 9 5 2 - a d d e d " c a r d e d g in g h a m " t o f a b r i c
c h o ic e )

HOUSE DRESS:

S h i r t w a is t o r c o a t t y p e ; one p ie c e

T 'SE rlc:
B o3y:

P e r c a le p r in te d p a t t e r n s
C ard ed c o tto n
f b r e ad C ount ( G r a y ) : 8 0 x 8 0
# I n is K t » a . R e g u l a r ; o r b . R e s i d u a l s h r i n k a g e
V& o r l e s s ; c o l o r f a s t t o w a s h in g
C o n s t r u c t io n : F u l l c u t
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip :
S e a m : G e n e r a l l y p i n k e d ; m ay h a v e m e r r o v
se a m s a t s i d e s a n d a r m h o le s ; m ay h a v e b o u n d
a r m h o le s s e a m s . B u tt o n o r z i p p e r c l o s u r e ;
c a r e f u l a t t e n t io n t o o t h e r d e t a i l an d t r im
S i z e R an ge: M is s e s ' r e g u la r ( u s u a lly 1 2 to 2 0 )
T sS n t

E.

A- 5 2 0 , R e g .

WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR AND ACCESSORIES

NIGHTGOWN

S t y le :
Trim m ed b o d ic e * ( e x c l u d e a l l l a c e b o d i c e ) ;
““ t a i l o r e d s k i r t ; s l e e v e l e s s o r c a p s t y l e s l e e v e s
F a b r ic :
" B o d y: M u l t i f i l a m e n t c r e p e ; s o l i d c o l o r s
f a i n : R ay o n o r r a y o n / a c e t a t e
t h r e a d c o u n t ( G r a y ) : 1 5 0 x 9U
tr im :
( o n e o r a c o m b in a t io n o f t h e f o l l o w i n g ) :
H y lo n / a c e t a t e o r a c e t a t e / c o t t o n l a c e ; o r
e m b r o id e r e d n y l o p s h e e r s u c h a s 1 5 d e n i e r t r i c o t ;
o r n y lo n n e t o r o t h e r c o m p a r a b le t r i m
C o n s tr u c tio n : s t r a i g h t o r b i a s c u t s k i r t
' Ifra ir w o r lh ^ n a h ip g
A l l m a c h in e - m a d e ; s e a m s p in k e d
S i z e R a n g e : H i s s e s ' r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 3 2 t o hO)

* Agent sp e cifie s choice to which quotations apply




A- 5 2 2 * A l t . t o A -5 2 0

NIGHTGOWN

S ty le :
T rim m ed : m o d e r a t e l y tr im m e d b o d ic e * t a i l o r e d
s k ir t * s le e v e le s s o r cap s t y l e s le e v e s
F a b r ic :
B o 8y: 2 -b a r t r i c o t k n it * s o lid c o lo r
Y a rn : A c e ta te
*t£lm:
(o n e o r a c o m b in a t io n o f t h e f o l l o w i n g ) :
B y l o n / a c e t a t e l a c e ; o r e m b r o id e r e d n y lo n s h e e r
s u c h a s 1 5 d e n ie r t r i c o t ; o r n y lo n n e t o r
c o m p a r a b le t r i m
C o n s t r u c t io n : F u l l c u t
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip : S e a m s : O v e r lo o k (m a rro w )
o r l o c k s t i t c h ; a l l m a c h in e m ade
S i z e R a n g e : M i s s e s ' r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 3 2 t o 1|0)

APPENDIX C.

Specifications Used fo r the C ollection o f R e ta il Prices - Continued
2.
E.

APPAREL - C o n tin u e d

WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR AND ACCESSORIES

A - 5 3 0 .1 R eg* S L IP

A -5 3 6 R e g . PANTIES
S t y le : B r ie f
F a b r i c : W arp k n i t ( 2 - b a r t r i c o t )
Y a rn : A c e ta te
C o n s tr u c tio n : F u ll c u t
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip : O v e r lo c k s e a m s , r e i n f o r c e d
c r o tc h , e l a s t i c i z e d w a is t*
S i z e R a n g e : R e g u l a r , 5 t o 7 ( s m a l l , m edium a n d l a r g e )

S t y l e : T a ilo r e d , s t r e e t le n g th
F a b r ic 8
r B o d y: C rep e
Y a rn **
a * V is c o s e a n d / o r a c e t a t e
l5 0 x ? U t h r e a d c o u n t ( g r a y ) ; o r
b * 1 0 t o 12% n y l o n , b a l a n c e a c e t a t e
q u a l i t y c o m p a r a b le t o " N yro n "
C o n s tr u c tio n :
F u l l c u t : B i a s , s t r a i g h t c u t o r c o m b in a t io n
o f t h e t w o ; s i n g l e o r d o u b le b o d ic e
( e x c l u d e s l i p s w i t h sh a d o w p a n e l s )
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip : S e a m s : d o u b l e - l o c k o r
d o u b le s t i t c h e d (o n e s t i t c h i n g u n d e r s i d e , one
t o p s t i t c h i n g ) w i t h p in k e d e d g e s, •
T r im : S i n g l e b o d i c e m ay h a v e s c a l l o p e d
( e m b r o id e r e d ) o r b i a s - f a c e d e d g e , ( e x c l u d e
o t h e r e m b r o id e r y , l a c e o r f o o t e d b o d y
seam s)
S i z e R a n g e : M is s e s r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 3 2 t o h 0 o r
—

A -5 6 0 R e g . HOSE

( NOTE: J u l y 1 ?5 * : - a d d e d " n y lo n c o n t e n t " t o f a b r i c
d e s c r ip tio n )

A -5 6 1 R e g . HOSE

A -5 3 1 A l t * t o A - 5 3 0 .1 S L IP
S t y l e : T rim m ed o r d r e s s y ; s t a p l e num ber f o r e a c h
s t o r e , s t r e e t le n g t h *
F a b r ic :
B o d y: C rep e
Y a r n : a * V is c o s e a n d / o r a c e t a t e , 1 5 0 x 9h t h r e a d
co un t ( g r a y ) ; or
b*
1 0 t o 12% n y l o n , b a l a n c e a c e t a t e ; q u a l i t y
c o m p a r a b le t o " N yro n "
T r im : (o n e o r c o m b in a t io n o f ) : L a c e : A l l n y lo n o r
n y lo n / a c e t a t e • T r ic o t :
P e rm a n e n t p l e a t 1 5 d e n i e r
n y lo n t r i c o t .
N et o r f l u t i n g : N ylo n
C o n s t r u c t io n : F u ll c u t
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip : S e a m s : D o u b le - l o c k o r d o u b le
s t i t c h e d (o n e s t i t c S i n g on u n d e r s i d e , on e t o p ­
s t i t c h i n g ) w i t h p in k e d e d g e s *
T r im : U s u a l l y 2 t o
U in c h e s d e p t h t o p a n d b o t to m . B a c k b o d ic e u s u a l l y
l e s s d e p th (a p p ro x . 1 " d e p th )
S i z e R a n g e : M is s e s r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 3 2 t o 1:0 o r 1*2)

S t y l e : M a n u f a c t u r e r 's b r a n d s , n a t i o n a l l y a d v e r t i s e d ,
s t a p l e s t y l e , w it h s e l f o r d a r k seam ; F u ll- f a s h io n e d
p la in k n it
G rad e: F i r s t q u a l i t y
t a r n : L e g : 1 5 d e n i e r n y l o n ; f o o t a n d w e l t : n y lo n r e ­
in f o r c e d *
C o n s tr u c tio n : 51 g au g e
S iz e R an ge: R e g u la r

S t y l e : M a n u f a c t u r e r 's o r d i s t r i b u t o r s
n a t io n a lly a d v e r tis e d , s t a p le s t y l e ,
d a r k seam * F u l l - f a s h i o n e d , p l a i n k n
G rad e: F i r s t q u a l i t y
Y a rn : L e g : 15 d e n ie r n y lo n ; f o o t and
in f o r c e d .
C o n s tr u c tio n : 51 g au g e
S iz e R a n g e :R e g u la r

S t y l e : * P u ll- o n ; le n g t h : U -b u tto n o r s h o r t i e ; p la in
o r hemmed t o p ; s h o r t i e m ay h a v e m o d if ie d n o v e l t y
t r e a t m e n t ( e x c l u d e e l a b o r a t e o r e x tr e m e d e t a i l )
F a b r i c : C o tto n " d o u b le w o ven " ( a c t u a l l y a k n i t f a b r i c )
w h ite an d s o l i d c o l o r s .
F in is h : Suede
C o n s tr u c tio n :
Good w o r k m a n s h ip : O ut s e a m s : H andsew n o r m a c h in e
sew n t o s i m u l a t e h a n d s e w n . Thumb: B o l t o n ; m ay h a v e
s e v e r a l ro w s o f s t i t c h i n g o n b a c k .

S t y l e : " T a i l o r e d ; u n trim ro e d o r t o p a n d b o tto m n e t t r im m e d ,
s t r e e t le n g t h ; a d ju s ta b le s c r a p s
F a b r ic :
~ B ody* 2 - b a r t r i c o t
Y a r n : N y lo n , 3 0 t o i|0 d e n i e r
S t r a p s : N y lo n s a t i n r ib b o n
C o n s tr u c tio n : F u ll c u t
C le a n w o rk m a n s h ip : S e a m s : O v e r lo o k (m e rro w ) a n d l o c k ­
s t it c h .
tin trim m e d s t y l e : Hem: 3 A t o 1 i n c h d e p t h ;
B o d ic e t o p :
F ac e a-o ac K e d g e , u s u a l l y l j to 2 in c h e s .
N et trim m e d s t y l e : Top a n a b o tto m trim m e d w i t h e d g e o f
d o u b le n y lo n n e t a p p r o x i m a t e l y l £ in c h d e p t h ,
S i z e r a n g e : M i s s e s r e g u l a r ( u s u a l l y 3 2 t o 5 5 o r U 2)
- a d d e d " t r im m in g a t t o p a n d b o tto m " t o
d e s c r ip tio n )

"Agent sp e cifie s choice to which quotation! apply.




w e l t : n y lo n r e ­

A -5 8 0 R e g . GLOVES

A -5 3 2 R e g . S L IP

/ S y r. i

b ran d , no t
w it h s e l f o r
it.

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APPENDIX C.

Specificatio n s Used For the C ollection of R e ta il Prices— Continued
2.

F.

A- 6 6 0 , R e g .

APPAREL— C o n tin u e d

GIRLS*

APPARBL

A- 6 7 0 , R e g .

PANTIES

S ty le :
T u rn ed dow n r i b c u f f o r e l a s t i c i z e d t o p , c u f f
m ay h a v e f a n c y p a t t e r n s
F a b r ic :
B ody: P la in o r r i b k n i t , s o l i d c o lo r s i n bo dy en d
Toot
Y a rn :
Combed c o t t o n , 2 - p l y , m e r c e r i s e d
F in is h :
C o l o r f a s t t o w a s h in g
C o n s tr u c tio n : 160 t o 1 7 6 n e e d le s , s e a m le s s , h an d t r a n s f e r r e d c u f f o r t o p , m ay h a v e h e e l a n d t o e
r e in f o r c e d w it h n y lo n
S i z e : 6 t o 8£
P r ic in g U n it: S in g le ; o r m u lt ip le s o f 6 o r l e s s

S t y le :*
B r i e f , t a i l o r e d ( u n t r im m e d ) , r i b c u f f s ; w a i s t
—iiy le :
a.
a l l aro u n d o u t s id e e l a s t i c (n o t e n c a s e d ); o r i f n o t
a v a ila b le
b . a l l a ro u n d e l a s t i c in c a s in g
F a b r ic :
B o d y: F l a t ( p l a i n ) k n i t o r 1 x 1 r i b k n i t
Y a r n : Combed c o t t o n
C o n s tr u c tio n :
C l e a n w o rk m a n s h ip : R e i n f o r c e d c r o t c h , o v e r lo o k o r
m erro w s e a m s ; m ay h a v e n y l o n r e i n f o r c e m e n t o r
n y lo n iz e d f i n i s h
W e ig h t : Y e a r - r o u n d
S iz e and R an ge: S iz e 10 i n g ir ls * ra n g e ( u s u a lly 7 - lb )
P r ic in g U n it : S in g le ; o r m u lt ip le s o f 6 o r l e s s

G.

A- 8 bD R e g .

INFANTS* WEAR AND YARD GOODS

A- 8 1 0 , R e g .

DIAPERS

F a b r ic :
G auze
ta rn :
C ard ed c o t to n
T h r e a d c o u n t ( g r a y ) : b3 x bb
W e ig h t ( d o u b le t S i c k n e s s ) :
b * 6 0 y d . / l b . b a s e d o n ItO i n c h f a b r i c
F in is h :
B le a c h e d
C o n s t r u c t io n :
fto u b le t h i c k n e s s f a b r i c
P in k e d e d g e s
S iz e :
ST x bO i n c h e s

A -8 0 0 , R e g .

ANKLETS

PERCALE

F a b r ic :
P e r c a l e , p r i n t e d , 3 o r m ore c o l o r s
C o n s tr u c tio n :
ta rn :
C ard ed c o t to n
t h r e a d C o u n t:
G ray: 8 6 x 80
F i n i s h : R e g u l a r , c o l o r f a s t t o w a s h in g
L.OU y d . / l b . b a s e d o n 3 9 - i n c h f a b r i c
W id th : F i n i s h e d : 3 6 i n c h e s

ACETATE TAFFETA

F a b r ic :
T a f f e t a , s o l i d c o lo r s
C o n s tr u c tio n :
~ Y arn : A c e ta te
t h r e a d C o u n t:
C r a y : 1 8 6 x 60
( E x c lu d e : 3 0 0 d e n i e r a c e t a t e t a f f e t a .
T h is
q u a lit y h a s 1 80 x 56 th r e a d co u n t and i s
s im ila r i n a p p e a ra n c e t o th e 1 80 x 60 s p e c if ie d .
I t i s h e a v i e r a n d m o re e x p e n s i v e t h a n t h e
q u a lit y s p e c if ie d )
W id th ( f i n i s h e d ) : *
a . 3 9 i n c h e s a p p r o x i m a t e l y p r e f e r r e d ; o r m ay b e
b . b2 in c h e s a p p r o x im a te ly

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APPENDIX C.

Specifications Used for the Collection of R e ta il Prices - Continued
2.

APPAREL - C o n tin u e d

H.

FOOTWEAR

A -7 0 0 R e g . MEN’ S STREET SHOES
S t y l e ? O x fo r d , b l a c k o r b ro w n , b a l o r b lu c h e r
M a te r ia ls
U p p e r ? C a l f , m edium q u a l i t y ( g r a d e )
(e x c lu d e r e v e r s e c a l f an d k a n g aro o )
O u t s o le t L e a t h e r , s e m i - f i n e g r a d e , 8 t o 9 i r o n s
I n s o l e ? G r a in l e a t h e r , b u f f e d , h t o 5 i r o n s ;
b e l l y , c e n t e r o f b i n d s h a n k s , 5 t o 6 i r o n s ; gemmed
L in in g i
Q u a rte r? L e a th e r , c a l f , k ip , o r s p l i t , f u l l c u t
H e e l fta d : L e a t h e r , ch ro m e s h e e p , f u l l - c u t
H e e l? S o l i d l e a t h e r b a s e w i t h r u b b e r t o p l i f t
C o n s t r u c t io n : G oo dyear w e l t ; s t e e l s h an k
S i z e R a n g e : L e n g th 6 t o 1 1 , w i d t h A t o D
( NOTE: M a r . 195>3 - a d d e d “ s t e e l s h a n k 1 u n d e r c o n ­
*
s tr u c tio n )

A -7 0 2 R e g . MEN’ S STREET SHOES
S t y l e : O x fo rd , b la c k o r b ro w n , b a l o r b lu c h e r
M a te r ia l:
U p p e r : K ip s i d e , g o o d q u a l i t y ( g r a d e )
( S u t s o l e : L e a t h e r , #1 s c r a t c h , 8 t o 9 i r o n s
I n s o l e : G r a in l e a t h e r , gem m ed, k t o 5 i r o n s
L in in g :
Q u a r t e r : L e a t h e r o r p l a s t i c , 3/U o r f u l l c u t
y itin g T
L e a th e r
H e e l: L e a t h e r b o a r d o r r u b b e r c o m p o s it io n b a s e
“ ” w lt h to p l i f t
C o n s t r u c t io n : G oo dyear w e l t , s t e e l s h a n k
S iz e R an ge: 6 to 1 2 , B t o D

A-7Q3 A l t . t o A -7 0 2 MEN’ S STREET SHOES
S t y l e : O x fo rd , b la c k o r b ro w n , b a l o r b lu c h e r
M a te r ia l:
U p p e r: S i d e , g o o d q u a l i t y ( g r a d e )
Q u u s o le s S y n t h e t i c , 1 2 t o 1*> i r o n s
I n s o l e : F l e x i b l e s p l i t l e a t h e r , gem m ed, U t o U i
ir o n s
L in in g :
Q u a rte r: L e a th e r o r p l a s t i c , 3 A o r f u l l c u t
H e e l £ ad ? I m it a t io n l e a t h e r w it h f e l t b a c k
H e e l: l e a t h e r b o a r d o r r u b b e r c o m p o s it io n b a s e
w i t h t o p l i f t ; o r m ay h a v e s o l i d r u b b e r h e e l
C o n s t r u c t i o n : G o o d yea r w e l t ; wood s h a n k
S iz e R an ge: 6 to 1 1 , B t o B

A -7 1 0 R e g . MEN’ S WORK SHOES
S t y l e : 6 ” h ig h , b l a c k o r b ro w n , b lu c h e r
M a te r ia l:
U p p er: E lk , goo d q u a l i t y ( g r a d e )
G u s s e t t : Ooze s p l i t
O u t s c l e : C o m p o s it io n , i n c l u d i n g c o r k o r c o r d t y p e s ,
18 t o 2 2 i r o n s
I n s c l e ; G r a in l e a t h e r , gem m ed,
t o 5>£ i r o n s
C o u n te r: L e a th e r o r f ib e r w it h l e a t h e r c o u n te r
pocket
H e e l: C o m p o s itio n o r r u b b e r
C o n s t r u c t i o n : G o o d yea r w e l t ; s t e e l s h a n k
& lz e R a n g e : 6 t o 1 1 , w id e

A -7 1 6 R e g .

MEN’ S RUBBERS

S t y l e : D r e s s , s a n d a l o r sto rm ty p e
C o n s t r u c t io n : R u b b e r, r e in f o r c e d t o e , h e e l , an d
c o u n te r
L i n i n g s C o tto n f a b r i c
S iz e R an ge: 6 to 11

A -7 3 0 R e g . IFCLEN’ S STREET SHOES
S t y l e i O x fo r d , a r c h t y p e , b l a c k o r b ro w n , ( e x c l u d e
g r o w in g g i r l s o x f o r d )
M a te r ia ls
U p p e r s C a l f o r k i d , m edium q u a l i t y ( g r a d e )
C u ts o le : l e a t h e r , 7 t o 8 ir o n s
I n s o l e : G r a in o r f l e x i b l e s p l i t l e a t h e r , gem m ed, 3 j
to h i ir o n s
L in in g :
Q u a rte r: L e a th e r, f u l l c u t
Sock:
L e a t h e r o r p l a s t i c , 3/U c u t
H e e l: A l l l e a t h e r ; o r c o m p o s itio n a n d l e a t h e r ; o r
wood c o v e r e d w i t h l e a t h e r ; l e a t h e r o r r u b b e r t o p
l i f t 1 0 / 8 t o 1 6 / 8 h e i g h t ( l £ ’» t o 2 * * ).
C o n s t r u c t i o n : G o o d yea r w e l t ; r i g i d s t e e l s h a n k .
S i z e R a n g e s L e n g th h t o 9 , w i d t h AA t o C .

A -7 3h R e g . WOMEN’ S STREET SHOES
S t y l e : Pump, c o n s e r v a t i v e c o l o r s a n d s t y l i n g , may
h a v e open to e an d h e e l
M a te r ia l:
U p p e rs C a l f , sm o o th o r s u e d e , m edium q u a l i t y ( g r a d e )
O u t s o le : L e a t h e r , 6 t o 7 i r o n s
I n s o l e : C o m p o s it io n , 2 k t o 3 i r o n s

mss.

Q u a rte r: L e a th e r
So ck s le a t h e r o r im ita tio n le a t h e r
H e e l: W ood, c o v e r e d w i t h c e l l u l o i d , i m i t a t i o n
l e a t h e r o r s u e d e ; l e a t h e r o r c o m p o s itio n t o p l i f t ,
H i/ 6 t o 2 0 / 8 h e i g h t ( l - 3 A tt t o 2£*’ >
C o n s t r u c t i o n : C em en t p r o c e s s ( e x c l u d e S b ic c a - D e lm a c
c o n s tr u c tio n )
S i z e R a n g e : h t o 9 , AA t o C

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APPENDIX C.

S p e c i f i c a t i o n s Used F or The C o l l e c t i o n o f R e t a i l P r ic e s — Continued
2.

APPAREL
H.

A -740, Reg, W M N S PLAY SHOES
O E*
S ty le : Casual pump or sandal
M aterial:
Upper: Elk or suede s p li t
Out s o le : Composition, 5 to 6 irons
Lining:
Upper: I f suede upper, f u ll y lin ed with
f a i l l e or im itation le a th e r; i f e lk , may
be lin ed as suede or unlined.
Sock: Fabric or im itation lea th e r.
P la tform: Rubber and ccrk
Wrapper (P la tfo m and Heel) :
Same m aterial as upper
Heel: Wood, wedge h e e l, 1 2 /8 to 1 6 /8 height
H Q j " t o 2*»).
Constructio n : S lip -la s te d (C aliforn ia
process J
~
Size Range: 4 to 9 , narrow and medium

A -760, Reg. CHILDREN* S SHOES
S ty le : Oxford, brown, mocassin or
p lain toe
M aterial:
Upper: Elk or other sid e le a th e r, good q u a lity
(grade) may have s cu ff-p ro o f t ip
Outsole: Syn th etic, 6 to 8 irons
M idsole: Leather or composition, 3 irons
Insol e : F lex ib le s p li t le a th e r, 2 j to 3 irons
Lining :
Quarter: Leather or im itation leath er
Heel: Leather-board base with rubber top

l i f t s ; or spring heel
Construct io n : 3 -s o le stitchdown
Size Range: 8| t o 12

A -761, A lt . to A-760 CHILDREN'S SHOES
S ty le : Oxford, brown, mocassin or p la in toe
M aterial:
Upper: Elk or other sid e le a th e r, good
q u a lity (grade), may have s c u ff-p r o o f t ip
Outsole: S ynthetic, 7 t o 10 irons
In so le : F lex ib le s p li t le a th e r, 4 to 5 irons
Lining:
Quart e r : Leather
Heel padT Leather or Im itation lea th er
W elting: Leather
Heel: Spring heel
Construction: Goodyear w elt, s t e e l shank
Size Ran^e: 8 j to 12

* Agent s p e c i f i e s c h o ic e t o which q u o ta tio n s ap p ly,




FOOTW
EAR

A -790, Reg. SHOE REPAIRS
D escription: H alf so le s and heels fo r men*s str e e t
shoes
S o le s: Sewed; lea th e r, vegetable tanned, **fine**
grade, approximately 10 to 12 ir o n ; i f taps are
used, the height o f one dozen pairs should average
5 i inches (exclude cemented so le s)
Heels: Half h e els, rubber. I f charge i s based on
length and width o f shoe, report price f o r the one
length and w idth, w ithin the minimum siz e range
6 to 1 1 , A to D, on which volume o f work i s done.

A -791, A l t . t o A-790 SHOE REPAIRS
D escription: Half s o le s and heels fo r men*s
str e e t shoes
S o le s: Sewed, lea th e r, vegetable tanned, "prime'*
grade, approximately 10 to 12 iro n ; i f taps are
used, the height o f one dozen pairs should average
inches (exclude cementod so le s)
Heels : Same as A-790

A -796, Reg. SHOE REPAIRS

Descriptio n : Heel l i f t s f o r women's dress shoes,
^ lea th e r; composition, or rubber, black
S iz e : Cuban heel

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APPENDIX C.

S p e c i f i c a t i o n s Used F o r The C o l l e c t i o n o f R e t a il P r ic e s — Continued
3.

TRANSPORTATION

T -300 Reg. TIRE
Construction:
Type: Extra low pressure, tube construction,
passenger
S iz e : 6.70x15
P ly :
4
M a te ria ls:
Rubber:
Synthetic and/or natural
Carcass:
Cotton or rayon cord
S idew alls: Black
Grade: 100 le v e l, f i r s t lin e
Basis o f Quotation:
Report "the net p ric e. Deduct any discount as
w ell as any trad e-in allowance fo r trade-in
t ir e s from the sum o f the l i s t price and Feder­
a l ta x . (exclude tu b e.) Include mounting
se rv ice .
Pricing U n it: One to four t i r e s , multiple
u n it p ricin g.
(NOTE:

Sept. 1953 - added: “Basis o f QuotationReport the net price when a
discount is given without a
trad e -in t i r e . "
Aug. 1954 - “Basis o f Quotation1 was
1
am plified to read as shown in
the sp ec ific a tio n above. A lso ,
the pricing u nit was expanded
from a sin gle tir e to cover one
to four t ir e s (See footnote 1 ,
table 3 . )

T -5 0 0 , Reg. BRAKE RELINING
D escription:
Relining brakes of a 1950 Chevrolet, Ford V -S , and
Plymouth ca r.
Labor:
Relining or replacing brake shoes fo r a l l 4 wheels.
Include f i l l i n g main cylinder and bleeding brake
system.
NOTE:

P a r ts:*
F u ll se t of facings and r iv e ts , or f u l l 3et o f
shoes relined with riveted or bonded lin in g s . Bonded
lin in g s are preferred fo r Chevrolet3. Deduct exchange
value of shoes. (Exclude the cost o f brake flu id
used in th is job)
T -510, Reg. CHASSIS LUBRICATION
D escription:
Complete chassis lubrication fo r 1950 Chevrolet.
Include: O ilin g generator, o ilin g sta r te r , o ilin g
fan bearings; Checking grease in transmission and
d iff e r e n t ia ls .
Exclude: Charge for grease needed in transmission
or d iff e r e n t ia l; charge f o r packing front wheels;
charge fo r changing o i l in crank ca3e.
(NOTE:

T -400, Reg.

GASOLINE

D escription:
Grade: Regular or housebrand
Pricing U n it: Per gallon

T -4 0 1 , Reg. GASOLINE
D escription:
Grade: Premium or "h ig h -t e s t "
Pricing U n it: Per gallon

T-410 Reg. M TO OIL
O R
Description:
Grade: Regular
Pricing U nit: Per quart in sealed containers

T -4 1 1 , A lt . t o T -410, M
OTOR OIL
D escription:
Grade: Premium or "heavy duty"
Pricing U n it: Per quart in sealed containers

*A gent s p e c i f i e s c h o ic e t o which q u o ta tio n s apply,




Reference to appropriate sections of d ea lers'
time schedule manuals are included for use by
dealers who compute the required labor time
by that means.

Sept. 1953 - changed pricing fo r chassis
lubrication o f three makes of
cars to one make)

T -S 00, R eg., STREETCAR FARE, and
T -820, R eg., BUS FARE
D escription:
Regular fa r e , a d u lt, (exclude transfers and school
fa re s):
Streetcar (surface t r o lle y , tr o lle y coach, subway
or elevated tra in )
T-800 - Cash fa re
Bus
T-820 - Gash fare

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APPENDIX C.

Sp ecifications Used fo r the C ollection o f R e ta il Prices - Continued
il.

M-100 Reg. PRESCRIPTION
Description:
d e s c r ip t io n : Non-narcotic, dispensed
Content: I c a p s u le
ftienacetin
2 i grains
Aspirin
3 § grains
Caffeine c itra te
| grain
fir icing U n it: 12capsules

M-110 A lt . to M-100, PRESCRIPTION
D escription:
P rescription : Non-narcotic, compounded
Content: 1 capsule
Phenacetin
2 grains
Aspirin
2 grains
Caffeine c itra te
J grain
Pricing U nit: 12 capsules

MEDICAL CARE
M-170 Reg. MILK OF MAGNESIA
D escription:
Milk o f magnesia, U .S.P .
firicing U nit: * 12 to 16 ounce b o ttle

M-200 Reg. MEN’ S PAT WARD, and
M-220 Reg. MEN'S PAY W D
AR
D escription:
M-200 - D a ily -r a te :
M-220 - Inclusive rate fo r 10 days:
To f o i l pay p atient for bed, board, and general
nursing in :
Men's Pay Ward:
Medical or su rgica l ward, noncontagious cases,
three or more beds, (do not consider temporarily
cu rta in ed -o ff spaces as wards)

M-201 Reg. SEMI-PRIVATE R O
OM
M-120 Reg. PRESCRIPTION
Description:
P rescription: N arcotic, dispensed
Content:
^
Codeine Sulphate, 2 .7 to 3 grains
E lix ir Terpin Rydrate, 3 f lu i d ounces
Pricing U nit: 3 ounces

Description:
D aily-rate to f u l l pay, medical or surgical patient
fo r bed, board, and general nursing in :
Semi-Private Room:
Two Beds; without bath (or lavatory) p referred; * i f
hosp ital cannot quote ra te s on rooms without bath
(or la v a to ry ), accept prices for rooms with these
f a c i l i t i e s . Without telephone

M-130 Reg. PRESCRIPTION
M-202 Reg. PRIVATE R O
OM
D escription:
P rescription : F e n ic illi . (buffered fo r oral use)
Content: S t a b l e t ; 100,000 units
Pricing tfn it: 2h ta b le ts

M-1$0 Reg. MULTIPLE VITAMIN CONCENTRATES
D escription:
M ultiple vitamin concentrates
Content: 1 capsule (minimum)
Vitamin A, 5 ,0 0 0 U .S.P . un its
Vitamin D,
500 U .S .P . un its
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C ), 37*5 milligrams
Thiamine Rydrocholride (Vitamin B ^), 2 .5 milligrams
Riboflavin (Vitamin B g), (G ), 2 .5 milligrams
Calcium Pantothenate, 5 .0 milligrams
N icotin ic Acid Amide, 2 0 .0 milligrams
Pricing U n it: 100 capsules

*Agent sp e cifie s choice to which quotations apply,




D escription:
D aily-rate to f u l l pay, medical or su rgica l patient
fo r bed, board and general nursing in :
Private Room:
Without bath (or lavatory) preferred; * i f hosp ital
cannot quote ra te s on rooms without bath (cr lavatory)
accept prices fo r rooms with these f a c i l i t i e s
Without telephone

M-300 Reg. OFFICE VISIT:
D escription:
"" Usual fee fo r o f f ic e v i s i t to regular p a tie n ts, i . e . ,
not f i r s t c a ll but subsequent c a ll s (exclude sp ecial
fe e s to participants in group h o sp ita liza tio n and
su rgica l plans)

APPENDIX C.

S pecification s Used fo r the C ollectio n o f R e tail Prices - Continued
lw

MEDICAL CARE (Cont'd)

M-350 Reg. FILLING
M-306 Reg. H
OUSE VISIT
D escription: Usual fee fo r house v i s i t , during
day (u su ally 6 a.m. - 6 p .m .) within corporate
lim its o f the c i t y , to regular p a tien ts, i . e . ,
not f i r s t c a l l but subsequent c a l l s ; (exclude
sp ecial fee s to participants in group h osp ital­
ization and su rgica l plans)

M-320 Reg. APPENDECTOM
Y
Description:
Usual fee fo r adult*s appendectomy, without
complications; excluding an esth etic; (exclude
sp ecial fees to participants in group h o sp ita l­
ization and su rgica l plans)

M-32U Reg. TONSILLECTOMY
D escription:
Usual fee fo r ch ild *s ton sillectom y, performed
in h o s p ita l, including adenectomy preferred;
excluding an esth etic; (exclude sp ecial fees to
participants in group h o sp ita liza tio n and
su rgical plans)

*Agent s p e c i f i e s c h o ic e t o w hich q u o ta tio n s a p p ly.




D escription:
Usual fee to adult fo r f i l l i n g , amalgam, one surface

M-3S2 Reg. EXTRACTION
D escription:
tfsual fee to adult fo r ex tra c tio n , without complica­
t io n s , with lo c a l an esth etic, including X-ray of
tooth (exclude cost o f treatment and fe e s fo r unusual
complications)

M-360 Reg. EXAMINATION, PRESCRIPTION, AND EYEGLASSES
D escription:
"Usual p rofessional services fee to adults for examin­
ing eyes and prescribing for lenses as described
below, including cost o f :
Frame: Full rim s; Z ylon ite; thoroughly seasoned;
pink or flu sh co lo r; without trim ; metal core
temples; fu l-v u e ; s lig h t ly upswept
Lenses: Single v isio n ; f i r s t q u a lity ; spherocy lin d er; f i r s t d iv isio n ; p lu s-p lu s or minus-plus;
w hite; corrected curve

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APPENDIX C.

S p e c i f i c a t i o n s Used f o r th e C o l l e c t i o n o f R e t a il P r ic e s — C ontinu ed
5.

PERSONAL CARE

P -100, Reg. TOILET SOAP
D escription; T o ile t soap, hard m ille d , white or
colored, perfumed, v ith palm o i l and o liv e o i l ,
or with c r e s y lic a c id , c r e s o l, or qther form o f
ca rbo lic acid added; wrapped.
S iz e : Regular s iz e cake (3 to 5 ounces);
(exclude bath s iz e cake)
U nit: One cake

P -1 *0, Reg. SH PO
AM O
D escription: Liquid: (exclude cream shampoo)
* a . Glass container; or
b . P la stic container
S iz e : * 5 to 8 ounce container
(NOTE: Jan. 1953 - changed from "S u p ." to "R e g ."
Mar. 1953 * added "a -g la s s container; or
b -p la s t ic container" under liq u id )

P -U O , Reg. RAZOR BLADES
P -150, Reg. PERM
ANENT W
AVE REFILL
D escription : F ir s t q u a lity , th in , double edge
(Note: Agent reports number o f blades per package)

D escription: Cold wave r e f i l l k it fo r home use
(exclude k it containing cu rlers)

P -1 1*, Reg. SHAVING CREAM
P -l6 0 , Reg. SANITARY NAPKINS
D escription: Lather, soap base (exclude brushless)
S iz e : * Approximately 4 to 5 ounce (g ia n t s iz e ) tube
Pricing U n it: S in g le ; or m ultiple o f 6 or le s s

D escription: Sanitary napkins
S iz e : Regular
Pricing U nit: Box o f 12

(NOTE: Oct. 1953 - added "P ricin g Unit - s in g le ;
or m ultiple o f 6 or l e s s )
P -l6 * , Reg. CLEANSING TISSUES
P -120, Reg. FACE CREAM
D escription : Cleansing cream,
♦ A ll purpose or c o ld , type produced by companies
usu ally manufacturing only lim ited lin e s o f
cosmetics (exclude liq u e fy in g , d ry -sk in , and
vanishing cream)
S iz e : * 3 to * ounce ja r
(NOTE: Jan. 1953 • changed from "S u p ." to "R e g .")

P -1 2*, Reg. FACE P W E
O DR
D escrip tion : Fine te xtu re , scented with n ation a lly
branded perfTunes
S iz e : * Approximately 3 ounce box

D escription: White cleansing
S iz e : Approximately 8 3/ * " *
U nit: Box o f 300 t is s u e s , or
( i f not av aila b le price the

tissu e s 2 p ly
9 3 /* "
150 double sheets
nearest s iz e )

P -300, Reg. HAIRCUT
D escription:

Man's hair cut

P -310, Reg. PLAIN SH PO AND W
AM O
AVE SET
D escription: Woman's p la in shampoo and wave s e t ,
short hair (shoulder length or l e s s ) , pin cu rls

P -316, Reg. PERM
ANENT W
AVE
P -130, Reg. TOOTH PASTE
D escription: Standard d e n t r ific e , (exclude
d e n trific e s containing ch lorop h yll, ammonium,
p e n ic illin and other sp ec ia l ingredients o f
lik e nature)
S iz e : * Approximately 3 ounce (fa m ily s iz e ) tube
Pricing U n it: S in g le ; or m ultiple o f 6 or le s s
(NOTE: Oct. 1953 - added "Exclude d e n trific e s
containing ch lorop h yll, ammonium,
e t c . " added "P ricin g Unit s in g le ; or m ultiple o f 6 or le s s )

♦Agent s p e c i f i e s c h o ic e t o w hich q u o ta tio n s ap p ly-




D escription: Woman's permanent cold wave,
hair ( shoulder length or le s s ) including
or creme shampoo and wave s e t , including
or shaping, (exclude f i r s t cutting e . g . ,
hair to feather cu t, e t c .)
(NOTE:

short
p lain
trim
long

June 1953 • Permanent wave (co ld wave)
introduced; p rio r to th is date
machine wave was p ric e d ).

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APPENDIX C .

S p e c i f i c a t i o n s Used f o r th e C o l l e c t i o n o f R e t a i l P r ic e s — C ontinu ed
6.

R EA D IN G AND RECREA TIO N

R -300, Reg. RADIO

R -6 0 *, Reg. MOTION PICTURE THEATER

Cabinet: P la stic * dark co lo rs only
S iz e : 9 " to 1 3 " x 5 ” to 8 " x 5 " to 7 "
Construction:
Frequency Band: 1 band, standard broadcast,
520-5^0 k ilo c y c le s to 1600-1750 k ilo c y c le s
Tubes: 4 o c ta l or lo k ta l standard or miniature
s i 2e , or combination o f s iz e s , plus r e c t i f i e r
Power: AC/DC
Push Button Tuning: No
Tone Control: No
Speaker:
- to 5-in c h , e ith e r permanent
magnet or electro-dynamic
Antenna: In tern al loop, connection fo r
external antenna may be provided
Modulation: Amplitude only, (exclude FM)

D escription: Admission; c h ild , under 12 ye a rs,
1 s t f lo o r , Saturday matinee (exclude Cinerama)
Include Federal, sta te and/or lo c a l sa le s and
amusement ta x e s, i f any
(NOTE:

Jan. 195^ • added "Exclude

Cinerama")

R -700, Reg. and R -711, Reg. NEW
SPAPERS
D escription: Newspaper, English language,
published lo c a lly
On the s tr e e t: per copy
R-700 - D a ily e d itio n
Delivered to home: per month, may be per week
i f volume o f subscriptions are on weekly b a sis
R-711 - D aily and Sunday

(NOTE: Jan. 195^ * changed s iz e range o f cabinet
from 11 to 13 x 6 to 8 x 5
to 7 inches to 9 to 13 x 5 to 8 x 5
to 7 inches)

R -600, Reg. MOTION PICTURE THEATER
D escription: Admission; a d u lt, 1 s t f lo o r ,
week nights (exclude Cinerama)
Include Federal, sta te and/or lo c a l sale s
and amusement ta x e s , i f any
(NOTE: Jan. 195^ - added "Exclude Cinerama")

7.

O ER GOODS AND SERVICES
TH

0 -1 0 0 , Reg. CIGARETTES, per package
D escription: Plain t i p , standard brands
S iz e : Regular
Pricing U n it: Package o f 2 0; or m ultiple u n its o f
6 packages or le s s

0 -1 0 ^ , Reg. CIGARETTES, per carton
D escription? Plain t i p , standard brands
S iz e : Regular
U n it: Carton o f 10 packages (20 cig a rette s
per package)

*Agent s p e c i f i e s c h o ic e t o w hich q u o ta tio n s apply,




0 -2 0 0 , Reg. CIGAR
F i l l e r : A l l domestic tobacco; or a l l Puerto Rico
tobacco; or blend o f domestic and Puerto Rico
tobacco with Havana tobacco; or a l l Havana scrap
( termed " s h o r t - f i l l e d " )
Wrapper: Shade grown (dom estic), Sumatra or Java
tobacco. Havana "s h o r t - f i l l e d " cigars may have
Havana wrapper.
S iz e : Regular
Pricing U nit: S in g le ; or m ultiple units o f
6 or le s s

87
A p p en d ix D - R e t a i l S a l e s T a x es and O th er R e t a i l T axes A p p l i c a b l e i n 1 0 L a rg e C i t i e s l /

Io

R e t a i l S a l e s T a x es

ATLANTA
S ta te:
3 percen t
C ity :
None
E x e m p tio n s :
L au n dry and d r y c l e a n i n g ; a u t o m o b ile r e p a i r ( l u b r i c a t i o n ) ; p u b l i c t r a n s ­
p o r t a t i o n ; h o s p i t a l s e r v i c e s ; p h y s i c i a n , s u r g e o n and d e n t i s t f e e s ; b a r b e r and b e a u t y
sh op s e r v i c e s •
BALTIMORE
S ta te:
2 p ercen t
C ity :
None
E x e m p tio n s : L au n dry and d r y c l e a n i n g ; s h o e r e p a i r s ; g a s o l i n e ; a u t o m o b ile r e p a i r ; p u b l i c
t r a n s p o r t a t i o n ; p r e s c r i p t i o n d r u g s ; h o s p i t a l s e r v i c e s ; p h y s i c i a n , s u r g e o n and d e n t i s t
f e e s ; e y e g l a s s e s ; b a r b e r and b e a u t y s h o p s e r v i c e s ; n e w s p a p e r s ; m o t io n p i c t u r e ad m is­
s io n s *
CHICAGO
S ta te:
2 p ercen t
C ity :
None
E x e m p tio n s : L au n dry and d r y c l e a n i n g ; s h o e r e p a i r s ; g a s o l i n e and m o t o r o i l ; a u t o m o b ile
r e p a ir ; p u b lic tr a n s p o r t a tio n ; p r e s c r ip t io n d r u g s; h o s p it a l s e r v ic e s ; p h y s ic ia n ,
s u r g e o n and d e n t i s t f e e s ; e y e g l a s s e s ; b a r b e r and b e a u t y sh o p s e r v i c e s ; n e w s p a p e r s ;
m o t io n p i c t u r e a d m is s io n s ; c i g a r s and c i g a r e t t e s *
CINCINNATI
S ta te:
3 p ercen t
C ity :
None
E x e m p tio n s : L au n dry and d r y c l e a n i n g ; g a s o l i n e ; a u t o m o b ile r e p a i r ; p u b l i c t r a n s p o r t a ­
t i o n ; h o s p i t a l s e r v i c e s ; p h y s i c i a n , s u r g e o n and d e n t i s t f e e s ; b a r b e r and b e a u t y sh o p
s e r v i c e s ; n e w s p a p e r s ; m o t io n p i c t u r e a d m is s io n s , c i g a r e t t e s *
DETROIT
S ta te:
3 p ercen t
C ity :
None
E x e m p tio n s : L au n dry and d r y c l e a n i n g ; a u t o m o b ile r e p a i r ; p u b l i c t r a n s p o r t a t i o n ; h o s p i t a l
s e r v i c e s ; p h y s i c i a n , s u r g e o n and d e n t i s t f e e s ; b a r b e r a n i b e a u t y sh o p s e r v i c e s
n e w s p a p e r s ; m o t io n p i c t u r e a d m is s io n s *
LOS ANGELES
S ta te:
3 percen t
C ity :
0 * 5 p e r c e n t th r o u g h June 3 0 , 1 9 5 k ; 1 p e r c e n t b e g in n in g J u ly 1 , 1 9 5k
E x e m p t io n s :
L au n dry and d r y c l e a n i n g ; g a s o l i n e ; a u t o m o b ile r e p a i r ; p u b l i c t r a n s p o r t a ­
t i o n ; h o s p i t a l s e r v i c e s ; p h y s i c i a n , s u r g e o n and d e n t i s t f e e s ; e y e g l a s s e s ; b a r b e r
and b e a u t y sh o p s e r v i c e s ; n e w s p a p e r s ; m o t io n p i c t u r e a d m is s io n s *
NEW YORK
S ta te;
None
C ity :
3 p ercen t
E x e m p tio n s :
L au n dry and d r y c l e a n i n g ; s h o e r e p a i r s ; a u t o m o b ile r e p a i r ; p u b l i c t r a n s ­
p o r t a t i o n ; p r e s c r i p t i o n d r u g s ; h o s p i t a l s e r v i c e s ; p h y s i c i a n , s u r g e o n and d e n t i s t
f e e s ; e y e g l a s s e s ; b a r b e r and b e a u t y s h o p s e r v i c e s ; n e w s p a p e r s ; m o t io n p i c t u r e adm is­
s io n s ; c ig a r e tte s *

See footnote at end of appendix




88

Appendix D - R e t a il S a le s Taxes and O ther R e t a il Taxes A p p lic a b le in 10 L arge C it ie s ; ! /
Continued
I#

R e t a il S a le s Taxes - C on tin ued

PHILADELPHIA
S ta t e ? 1 p e rce n t ( e ff e c t iv e Septem ber 1, 1953)
C it y :
None
Exe m ptio ns: Laun dry and d ry c le a n in g ; a l l a p p a re l, except ya rd go o d s; sh oe r e p a ir s ;
g a s o lin e ; au to m o b ile r e p a ir ; p u b lic tr a n s p o r ta t io n ; p r e s c r ip t io n d ru g s? h o s p it a l
s e r v ic e s ; p h y s ic ia n , su rge o n and d e n t is t fe e s ; e y e g la s s e s ; b arb e r and b e au ty shop
s e r v ic e s ; new spapers; m otion p ic tu r e a d m issio n s; c ig a r e t t e s *
ST . LOUIS
S ta te :
p e rce n t
C it y :
None
E xe m p tio n s: Laundry arri d ry c le a n in g ; g a s o lin e ; au to m o b ile r e p a ir ; p u b lic tr a n s p o r ta ­
t io n ; h o s p it a l s e r v ic e s ; p h y s ic ia n , su rge o n and d e n t is t fe e s ; b a rb e r and b e au ty shop
s e r v ic e s ; new spapers*

2

SAN FRANCISCO
S t a t e : 3 p e rce n t
C it y :
0*5 p e rce n t
E xe m p tio n s: Laundry and d ry c le a n in g ; g a s o lin e ; au to m o b ile r e p a ir ; p u b lic tr a n s p o r ta ­
t io n ; h o s p it a l s e r v ic e s ; p h y s ic ia n , su rge o n and d e n t is t fe e s ; e y e g la s s e s ; b a rb e r and
b e au ty shop s e r v ic e ; new spapers; m otion p ic tu r e a d m issio n s*

II*

T ax e s, O ther th a n S a le s T axe s, A p p lic a b le to S p e c if ic Item s at th e R e t a il L e v e l

T IR E S

(T -3 0 0 )
F e d e ral e x c ise ta x — •
----------------------------------------------- ------ -------- 5 c e n ts p er pound

GASOLINE (T -! j00 and T -U 0 1 )
F e d e ra l e x c ise ta x ------- --------------------------- -------------------------- — 2 c e n ts p e r g a llo n
A t la n ta , S ta te ta x -------- ----------------------------------------------------------- 6
B a ltim o re , S ta te ta x :
Through May 31, 1953------- *------------- -------------------------------------- 5
B e g in n in g June 1, 1953---------------------------------------— — ----------- —6
C h ic a g o , S ta te ta x :
Through December 31, 1952--------------------------------— - --------------- J
4
B e g in n in g Jan u ary 1, 1953-------------------------------5
C in c in n a t i, S ta te ta x :
Through A u gu st 31, 195?------ — — — --------------------------------- — i;
B e g in n in g Septem ber 1, 1953------------------------------------— ----------5
D e t r o it , S ta te ta x ---------------------------------------------------------------- 14.5
Los A n g e le s, S ta t e ta x :
Through June 30, 1953-----------------------------------------------------B e g in n in g J u ly 1, 1953--- — --------------6
New Y o rk , S ta t e ta x ------------------------- ------- --------- — ---------------- ~jj.
P h ila d e lp h ia , S ta te ta x -------------------------------------5

S e e

f o o t n o t e

a t




e n d

o f

a p p e n d ix

c e n ts p e r g a llo n
c e n ts p e r g a llo n
c e n ts p e r g a llo n .
c e n ts p e r g a llo n
c e n ts p e r g a llo n
c e n ts p e r g a llo n
c e n ts per g a llo n
c e n ts p e r g a llo n
c e n ts
c e n ts
c e n ts
c e n ts

p er
per
per
per

g a llo n
g a llo n
g a llo n
g a llo n

8 9

Appendix D - R e t a il S a le s Taxes and O ther R e t a il Taxes A p p lic a b le i n 10 L a rge C i t i e s ! /
C on tin ued

II*

T axe s, O ther th an S a le s T axe s, A p p lic a b le t o S p e c if ic Ite m s a t th e R e t a il L e v e l-C o n tin u e d
S t * L o u is S ta te ta x *
Through A u gu st 31, 1953----------- ------B e g in n in g Septem ber 1, 1953-----------C it y ta x -----------------------------------------------San F r a n c is c o , S ta te ta x :
Through June 30, 1953-------------------------B e g in n in g J u ly 1, 1953-----------------------

^OTQR O IL (T -U 10 and T-iO .1)
F e d e ra l e x c ise ta x ---- —

—— 2

c e n ts p er g a llo n
----- 3 c e n ts p er g a llo n
----- 1 ce n t p er g a llo n
• i+*5 c e n ts p e r g a llo n
.— 6 c e n ts per g a llo n

1*5

c e n ts p e r q u a rt

FACE CREAM (P -1 8 0 ), FACE POWDER (P -1 2 !*), and HOME PERMANENT WAVE R E F IL L (P -1 5 0 )
F e d e ra l e x c ise ta x Through M arch 31,
-------------------— ----------- — - ------------.perce n t
B e g in n in g A p r il 1,
------ -----------------------------------------— 10 p e rce n t

19%
19%

20

MOTION PICTURES (R -6 0 0 and R-6Q1+)
F e d e ra l A d m issio n s ta x :
Through March 31,
— — 1 ce n t f o r each 5 c e n ts o f a d m issio n p r ic e or m ajor f r a c ­
t io n th e re o f*
B e g in n in g A p r il 1,
—
None on a d m issio n s o f le s s th a n 50 c e n ts . 1 ce n t f o r each
10 c e n ts o f a d m issio n p r ic e o r m ajor f r a c t io n th e re o f on
a d m issio n s o ve r 50 ce n ts#
L o c a l amusement ta x e s based on a s li d in g s c a le are a p p lic a b le i n C h ic a go , C in c in n a t i,
New Y ork and. P h ila d e lp h ia #

19%

19%

CIGARETTES (0 100 and O -lO U )
F e d e ra l e x c is e t a x - -----—

8

c e n ts p e r package

A t la n t a , S ta te ta x --------- --------- ------ — - — — — ---------- ------ ------3 c e n ts
B a ltim o re , C it y ta x :
c e n ts
Through December 31, 1953— -----------------------------*
------------------B e g in n in g Jan u ary 1 ,
----------— ------ — — ----------- -— —— 3 c e n ts
C h ic a g o :
c e n ts
C it y ta x , b e g in n in g O ctober 1 , 1953— — — — — ------— — 1 ce n t
C in c in n a t i, S ta t e ta x ---------------------------- — — ---- — ------- -----— — 2 c e n ts
D e t r o it , S ta te t a x - —
— — — ------ -------------------- -------- — ------— 3 ce n t 8
New Y o rk :
S ta t e ta x — ------------- ------------------------------------------------------------ -3 c e n ts
C it y t a x ™ — — -----— - — —
------------------ ----------------------- — - 1 ce n t
P h ila d e lp h ia , S ta te ta x ------ — ------------------------------------------------- c e n ts
S t * L o u is , C it y ta x — — — -------- -------------------- ----------— ------------- 2 c e n ts

19%

2

h

p e r package
p er package
p e r package
per
per
per
per

package
package
package
package

per
per
per
per

package
package
package
package

CIGARS (0 -2 0 0 )
F e d e ra l e x c is e ta x - The amount o f ta x depends on th e s iz e o f th e c ig a r *
b y th e Bureau i s a p p ro x im a te ly 1 ce n t p e r c ig a r .

The s iz e p ric e d

1 / In fo rm a tio n c o n ta in e d i n t h is app endix i s lim it e d to th e goods and s e r v ic e s and th e
“
p e rio d s f o r w hich p r ic e ? a re p u b lish e d in t h is b u lle t in * U n le ss s p e c i f i c a lly in d ic a te d ,
ta x e s were in e ffe c t f o r th e w hole p e rio d from December 1952 th ro u gh December 31,




19% •

9 0

A p pendix E . R e t a il B r ic e D a ta B u b lish e d P r io r to t h is B u lle t in
I.

R e t a il P r ic e s o f 215 a r t ic le s e n te rin g in t o the C o st o f L iv in g , June 1889 -Septem ber 1891#
I n 1391* th e Com m ittee on F in an ce o f the U#S# S e n a te , began an in q u ir y in t o th e
e f f e c t s o f th e t a r i f f la w s, in c lu d in g the e f f e c t on p r ic e s and w age s• 1 / The com prehensive
body o f r e t a i l p r ic e d a ta c o lle c te d f o r t h is in q u ir y are c o n ta in e d in ~ R e t a il P r ic e s and
W ages, a re p o rt b y th e H onorable N e lso n D . A ld r ic h from the Com m ittee on F in an ce * The
number o f com m odities f o r w hich d a ta were p u b lish e d were d is t r ib u t e d among th e m ajor
gro u p s a s fo llo w s :
Food------------------------------------------------C lo th s and c lo t h in g ----------------— ---------F u e l and li g h t in g ----------- -— ---------------M e ta l and im plem ents— - — — — — ----------Lumber and b u ild in g m a t e r ia ls — --------D ru gs and c h e m ic a ls ------- ------------- — —
H o u s e fu m is h in g go o d s— --------

67
61

6
3h
13
7
27

2ir
The p r ic e d a ta are shown b y o u t le t and lo c a li t y f o r each o f th e 215 ite m s f o r each
month from June 1889 to Septem ber 1891# in c lu s iv e *
G e n e ra lly , p r ic e s were o b ta in e d i n
70 c i t i e s and tow ns i n d if f e r e n t p a r t s o f the cou n try# The number o f s to r e s from w hich
d a ta were o b ta in e d v a r ie d from c i t y to c ity #
No p r ic e a v e ra ge s were com puted f o r an y o f the ite m s, e it h e r b y c i t y o r f o r the
c o u n try a s a w hole, becau se o f the problem o f q u a lit y id e n t if ic a t io n #
The problem was
d e sc rib e d b y the Sen ate Com m ittee a s fo llo w s :
" In the c a se b e fo re u s, the d i f f i c u l t y w ith th e ave rage p r ic e i s th a t th e re i s n o t
com plete g u a ra n ty th a t th e p r ic e s a s c e rta in e d i n th e d if f e r e n t c i t i e s were e x a c t ly the
same a r t ic le #
I t i s v e ry d i f f i c u l t to id e n t if y e x a c t ly b y d e s c r ip t io n any p a r t ic u la r
a r t ic le and t h is i s e s p e c ia lly tru e o f the com m odities o f r e t a i l tra d e • . # we fin d ,
o fte n tim e s, a w ide flu c t u a t io n in p r ic e f o r a r t ic le s an sw e rin g the same d e s c r ip tio n #
T h is g iv e s r is e to th e s u s p ic io n th a t th e re m ust be im p o rta n t d iffe r e n c e s i n q u a lity #
An ave rage o f d is s im ila r a r t ic le s w ould be o f c o m p a ra tiv e ly l i t t l e v a lu e * " 2 /
II*

A verage r e t a i l p r ic e s p u b lish e d b y th e Bureau o f L ab or S t a t i s t i c s (o th e r th a n fo o d s and
f u e ls ) *

A* D ry go o d s, 1915-23#
R e t a il p r ic e s f o r a lim ite d l i s t o f "d r y go o d s" from 1915 to 1923, in c lu s iv e , were
p u b lish e d b y the Bureau in the b u lle t in s lis t e d below .
The summary ta b le a t the end o f t h is app en d ix was take n from B u lle t in 366 (p . 5 8 )*
The a v e ra ge s are sim p le a r ith m e tic av e rage s o f the quoted p r ic e s a c c o rd in g to t e s t
c a lc u la t io n s #
The l i s t o f ite m s p u b lish e d was a p p a re n tly o n ly a s m a ll p a r t o f th e l i s t f o r w hich
the Bureau attem pted to se cu re d a ta in 1915# However, d i f f i c u l t i e s r e la t in g to q u a lit y
d e f in it io n s a p p a re n tly le d to a d e c is io n to lim it p u b lic a t io n to "d r y g o o d s ." The
fo llo w in g p a ra gra p h s were in c lu d e d in B u lle t in 181*, (p# 3 8 ):
"An e f f o r t was made b y th e
Bureau to se cu re q u o ta tio n s on sh o e s, b u t a s the fa s h io n s i n sh oes change so fr e q u e n tly
th a t o n ly a few s t y le s rem ain the same from y e a r to y e a r, and a s the v a r ie t ie s w hich
1 / The Se n ate R e s o lu tio n a u th o r iz in g the in q u ir y ap p e ars on page 2#
2 / R e t a il B r ic e s and W ages, Senate R e p o rt 986, J u ly 19, 1892, p t* 1, (p * X I I )




9 1

rem ain fix e d a s to s t y le may change in q u a lit y , i t was found to be im p o s s ib le to se cu re
q u o ta tio n s sh ow in g an a c c u ra te tre n d o f p r ic e s e xce p t on a few h ig h -p r ic e d sh o e s w hich are
n o t used to an y e x te n t b y medium tra d e . The Bureau a ls o made in q u ir y in re g a rd to r e t a i l
p r ic e s o f k n it underw ear and h o s ie r y , b u t ow ing to fre q u e n t ch anges i n s t y le s , q u a lit y ,
and weave, i t was foun d im p o s s ib le to fo llo w an y v a r ie t ie s
B u lle t in 18U* R e t a il p r ic e s f o r 8 a r t ic le s o f d r y goods a re shown b y fir m
number and brand name in each o f U5 c i t i e s f o r May 1915*
B u lle t in 197* R e t a il p r ic e s f o r th e same 8 a r t ic le s are shown b y fir m number
and b ran d name i n
c i t i e s f o r May and O ctober, 1915*

hh

B u lle t in 228* R e t a il p r ic e s f o r the same 8 a r t ic le s are shown b y fir m number
and brand name in U6 c i t i e s f o r O ctober 1915, May and O ctob e r, 1916.
B u lle t in 270* A verage r e t a i l p r ic e s f o r 10 a r t ic le s i n 50 c i t i e s a re g iv e n
f o r s p e c ifie d m onths from 1915 to 1919, in c lu s iv e *
The ave rage s in t h is b u lle t in sum m arise b y c i t y the d e t a il p u b lish e d i n
B u lle t in 1SU, 197, and 228*
B u lle t in 300. A ve rage r e t a i l p r ic e s f o r 10 a r t ic le s f o r th e U n ite d S ta t e s
are shown f o r s p e c ifie d m onths from 1915 to 1920, in c lu s iv e *
P r ic e s f o r
the 10 a r t ic le s a re a ls o g iv e n f o r 51 c i t i e s s e p a r a te ly f o r F e b ru ary,
May, A u g u st, and O ctob e r 1920. No e x p la n a tio n o f th e m ethods u sed f o r
a v e ra g in g the p r ic e s are p ro v id e d b u t t e s t c a lc u la t io n s in d ic a t e th a t
the c i t y f ig u r e s a re unw eighted a v e ra ge s o f the q u o ta tio n s b y fir m a s
shown i n e a r lie r b u lle t in s , and the U n ite d S ta t e s f ig u r e s are unw eighted
co m b in a tio n s o f the in d iv id u a l q u o ta tio n s*
B u lle t in 3 l5 f 33U* and 366* These b u lle t in s b r in g up to d a te th ro u gh 1923,
the a v e ra ge s p re se n te d i n B u lle t in 300*
B* C lo th in g and t e x t ile s *
M o n th ly La b o r R eview , O ctober 1936*
A verage r e t a i l p r ic e s f o r 6 a r t ic le s o f c o tto n c lo t h in g f o r 32 la r g e c i t i e s com bined
are p re se n te d f o r s e le c te d p e rio d s from June 1927 to J u ly 1936, in c lu s iv e *
The s i x
a r t ic le s a re : m en 's b u sin e s s s h ir t s , m en 's pajam as, m en's o v e r a lls , women's h o u se d re sse s,
women's n ig h tgo w n s, and women's u n io n s u it s *
M o n th ly Lab or Review , May 1937*
A verage r e t a i l p r ic e s on th e same b a s is a s above f o r the same s i x a r t ic le s o f c o tto n
c lo t h in g a re shown f o r se le c te d p e rio d s from M arch 1935 to M arch 1937, in c lu s iv e *
M o n th ly La b o r Review , A p r i l 1938.
A verage r e t a i l p r ic e s on th e same b a s is a s above are shown f o r s p e c ifie d d a te s from
M arch 1935 to December 1935 f o r th e same s i x a r t ic le s o f c o tto n c lo t h in g and f o r to w e ls
and sh e e ts*
M o n th ly Labor Review , Jan uary 1939*
A verage r e t a i l p r ic e s o f s e v e r a l q u a lit ie s f o r each o f 17 a r t ic le s o f c lo t h in g and
t e x t ile s f o r 32 la r g e c i t i e s com bined are p re se n te d f o r 1938 (a v e ra ge o f M arch, June, and
Septem ber q u o ta tio n s )*




9 2

R e t a il P r ic e s o f H o sie ry , b y A re a s, December 1926 to M arch 191*0, in c lu s iv e . (M ineograph ed
re p o rt is s u e d i n June 19U0)
A verage r e t a i l p r ic e s o f men* s and women* s h o s ie r y f o r 33 c i t i e s com bined f o r 6 a re a s
are p re se n te d f o r s p e c ifie d p e r io d s from December 1926 to M arch 191*0. (The d e t a ile d
q u a lit y d e s c r ip t io n s used f o r th e c o lle c t io n o f h o s ie r y p r ic e s a f t e r 1931* a re g iv e n i n an
app e n d ix to th e re p o r t* )
M o n th ly La b o r Review , Jan u ary 191*1*
A verage r e t a i l p r ic e s o f m en*s and women’ s h o s ie r y f o r 33 la r g e c i t i e s com bined a re
p re se n te d f o r s p e c ifie d d a te s from M arch 1939 to Septem ber 192*0.
There h as been no la t e r p u b lic a t io n o f r e t a i l p r ic e s f o r c lo t h in g and t e x t ile s *
C . Tobacco P ro d u c ts.
M o n th ly L ab or Review , J u ly 1936.

$

A ve rage r e t a i l p r ic e s f o r
to b acco p ro d u cts f o r 32 la r g e c i t i e s com bined are p re ­
se n te d f o r s e le c te d d a te s from December 1$26 to A p r i l 1936, in c lu s iv e .
The f iv e p ro d u c ts
a re : c ig a r e t t e s , c ig a r s , c ig a r e t t e to b acco , p ip e to b a c c o , and p lu g to b a c c o .
M o n th ly Lab or Review , May 1937.
A verage r e t a i l p r ic e s on th e same b a s is a s above f o r the same f iv e to b acco p ro d u c ts
are shown f o r s e le c te d p e rio d s from M arch 1935 to M arch 1937, in c lu s iv e .




T B E E-l. — A E A E R TA P IC S O SPE IFIE A TIC S O D Y G O S IN T E U IT D STA S,
AL
V R G E IL R E F
C D R LE F R O D
H N E
TE
MY 1915 T S P E B R 1923, IN L S E
A
O E T ME
C U IV
Calico,
Percale,
24-25
inches, per
per yard yard

Date

1915:
M 15-------------------ay
October 15—— — —
—

$0,129

.082

.148

.100

.181

.066

.128

1916:

1917: _
M 15— —
ay

Sheets,
Sheeting, bleached,
bleached, 81 by 90
8l inches, inches,
per yard each

Outing
flannel,
27-28

inches,
per yard

Flannel, Blankets,
white
cotton,
66 by 80
wool,
27 inches, inches,
per yard per pair

$0,081

$0,120
.120

$0,175
.176

$0,108
.109

$0,314
.320

$0,819
.839

$0,114
.115

( 1/)
(I/)

( 1/)
(I/)

.126
.136

.192
.202

.117
.129

.359
.394

.940

.098

1.028

.120
.132

u /)
( 1/)

a /)
(i/)

.123

.169

.081

.326

.218

.228
.280

.154
.207

.444
.553

1.179
1.438

.157
.193

$0,754

.163

——

1918:

.875

$3,128
3.643

.264

.310
.358

.402
.543

.312
.344

.754
.829

2.081

1.916

.324
.378

1.099
1.002

4.726
5.884

.522

.285
.277
.357
.372

.774
.741
.875
.907

1.933

.330
.307
.341
.349

.930
.945
.934
1.035

5.762

1.869
2.181
2.266

.644
.687
.723

1.059
1.147
1.134

2.583

2.806
2.806

1.030

2.554

.384
.417
.k66
.390

1.159
1.194

.663

.439
.465
.452
.345

.514
.513

.229
.214

.672
•660
.652

1.676
1.651
1.625
1.672

.202
.238

.394

.290

.183
TC
•J7?
-1
.205

.350
.356
.390
.409

.227

February 15———— —
——

.246

August 15— ———---October 15------------—

.478.
.515

.259

.528

.222

.434

.147
.135

277
• [(
c.
.264
.254

.134

.258

.132

.258
.256
.258
.263

October 15—

Gingham, Muslin,
dress,
bleached,
32 inches, 36 inches,
per yard per yard

.094

$0,065

M i.?— — —— —
ay
October 15— —— —

Gingham,
apron,
Gingham
,
27-28
dress,
inches,
27 inches
per yard per yard

—

1919:
F uruaxjr 1 y-*******®*
am
* v
re1 iiiav* A
M 15———— — —
ay
August 15— — —
October 15—— ———
1920:

1921:

February 15— ————
— —
M 15— —————
ay
August 15——————
October 15- ——— —

1922:

M
arch 15— —
——
June
September 15— — —
December 15-.—— —

1923:
M
arch 15——————
j une
September 15-—- ——

.216

.260

.132

.134
.138

.146
•a??
.154

.268

.274
.273

.252
.262

.327
.319
.347

.316
.335
.336
.269

.416
.448
.477
.395

.172
.164

.248
.242
.244
.246

.276

.161
.165
.167
.168

.171
.179
.193
.198
.199

.362

.247
.245
.245
.252

.255
.259
.258

l / Prices not secured until M 1917*
ay
Source: Retail Prices 1913 to December 1923, Bull. 366, (p. 58)




.539
.565
.581

.506

.507
.502

.476
.465
.460
.433
.426
.426

.210
.221
.216

.215

.222

.233
.246
.250

.245

.679

.676
.689

.697
.679

1.693
1.644
1.649
1.674

.717
.744
.732

1.753
I .808
1.799

1.126
1.208

5.821
5.869
6.108

6.324
6.291
6.494
6.425

.252
.222

1.030

.967
.927
.936

4.999
4.714
4.603
4.593

.213
.214

.938
.943
.979
.991

4.444
H.377
4.338
4.317

1.048
1.071

4.396
4.472
4.529

.213
.215

.220
.228
.238

.246
.254

1.088

9 U

A p p e n d ix F . R e t a i l P r ic e s i n S h ip b u ild in g C e n te rs 191U-10
The t a b le s i n t h is a p p e n d ix c o n ta in a v e ra ge r e t a i l p r ic e s f o r c c a m o d itie s s e le c te d f r o *
an e x te n s iv e l i s t p r ic e d i n s h ip b u ild in g c i t i e s d u r in g W o rld W ar I • These a v e ra g e s were
sum m arised from th e o r i g i n a l sc h e d u le s . S in c e th e y c o v e r a p e r io d o f r a p id ly r i s i n g p r ic e s
f o r w h ich o n ly in d e x e s o f la r g e gro u p s o f c cam odi t i e s s i 's a v a ila b le , th e y m ay be u s e f u l i n
th e s tu d y o f th e b e h a v io r o f p r ic e s f o r s p e c if ic ite m s u n d e r w ar c o n d it io n s . I n u s in g th e se
d a t a , how ever, i t m ust be remembered t h a t th e s h ip b u ild in g c e n te rs w ere ab n o rm al i n d u s t r i a l
com m u n itie s s u b je c t to u n u su a l s t r e s s e s from in c re a s e d i n d u s t r i a l a c t i v i t y and p o p u la tio n
c o n g e s tio n *
S t u d ie s o f th e c o s t o f l i v i n g i n 18 s h ip b u ild in g c e n te rs were made b y th e B u re au o f
L a b o r S t a t i s t i c s i n c o o p e ra tio n w ith th e S h ip b u ild in g Wage A d ju stm e n t B o ard o f th e Em ergency
F le e t C o r p o ra tio n , b y d ir e c t a u t h o r is a t io n o f P r e s id e n t W ils o n . These su rv e y s co v e re d f a m ily
incom e and e x p e n d itu re s a s w e ll a s p r ic e s ch a rge d i n r e t a i l s t o r e s . P r ic e s f o r m is c e lla n e o u s
ite m s o f e x p e n d itu re , su c h a s s e r v ic e s , were n o t o b ta in e d * The s t u d ie s w ere made h u r r ie d ly
t o m eet a w ar em ergency and many s h o r tc u ts were u se d *
R e t a i l p r ic e s f o r d a t e s p r io r t o th e f i r s t c o lle c t io n i n 1918, were o b ta in e d from re ­
t a i l e r s ' r e c o rd s * E v e ry e f f o r t was made t o se c u re d a ta t h a t w ere com parable fro m one p e r io d
t o th e n e x t b u t th e c o lle c t io n was n o t so c o n t r o lle d t h a t p r ic e s i n d if f e r e n t s t o r e s and
d if f e r e n t c i t i e s r e la t e d to ite m s o f a p p ro x im a te ly th e same q u a lit y *
The a v e ra g e p r ic e s in c lu d e d i n th e t a b le s belo w were com puted a s f o llo w s :
1*

The f u l l d e s c r ip t io n a p p e a rin g on th e o r i g i n a l sc h e d u le s was used t o asse m b le
q u o ta t io n s f o r a p p ro x im a te ly th e same q u a lit y *
F o r a r t i c le s w ith w id e
v a r ia t io n i n p r ic e s , a c l a s s i f i c a t i o n b y p r ic e w as made ( u s in g th e 191b
p r ic e le v e l) t o ap p ro x im ate a n a rro w e r ra n ge o f q u a lit y v a r ia t io n *

2*

An u n w e igh ted a v e ra g e s o f q u o ta tio n s f o r th e q u a lit y d e s c r ip t io n d e fin e d above
w as com puted. I f th e number o f q u o ta tio n s f o r a n y s p e c if ic d e s c r ip t io n was
fe w e r th a n 10, th e a r t i c le w as e lim in a te d from th e t a b le *

These a v e ra g e s have d e f in it e lim it a t io n s a r is i n g from th e c h a r a c te r o f th e c i t y sam ple
and th e m ethod b y w h ich q u a lit y w as d e fin e d .
They a r e , how ever, th e m ost o b v io u s so u rc e o f
a v e ra g e r e t a i l p r ic e s f o r t h i s p e r io d and a s su c h , a re made a v a ila b le f o r u se a s re a so n a b le
a p p ro x im a tio n s o f th e le v e l o f r e t a i l p r ic e s f o r th e se a r t i c le s d u r in g W o rld W ar I .

y

y

A co m p ariso n o f th e c o s t o f l i v i n g i n s h ip b u ild in g c e n te rs and o th e r U n ite d S t a t e s
com m u n itie s a p p e a rs i n th e M o n th ly L a b o r R eview f o r O cto b e r 1919 i n an a r t i c le e n t it le d
Summary o f In c r e a s e d C o s t o f L iv in g , J u ly 191b to June 1919* The co m p a riso n s a re b ase d on
o v e r a ll f ig u r e s in c lu d in g p r ic e s f o r fo o d and r e n ts w h ich re sp o n d a lm o s t im m e d ia te ly t o w ar­
tim e c o n d it io n s *



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lt.9 2
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5 .9 3
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7.31*
1 2 .1 8

8 .3 7
1 3 .7 6

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2 2 .9 8

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15.05
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8 .1 5
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8.15
9.18
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3.70

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8 .6 7
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1 1 .1 8
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2 / 1 8 .3 3

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1 3 .5 2

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BEDSTEAD
Iro n :
1 1 .9 8 t o * 5 .9 9 -------------$ 6 .0 0 an d o v e r -------------B rass:
$ 1 0 .0 0 t o $ 1 9 .9 9 ---------$ 2 0 .0 0 and o v e r -----------BEDSPRING
L in k s p r in g 6 / -----------------C o i l s p r i n g - - ------------------MATTRESS
E x c e l s i o r c e n t e r and
c o t t o n to p an d b o tto m C o tto n --------------------------------F e l t 8/------------------------------S i l k F l o s s -------------------------

12.82

REFRIGERATOR
25 l b . c a p a c i t y 9 / ---------c a p a c i t y 9 / ----------

50 l b .

,

KITCHEN STOVE
C oal sto v e :
$ 5 .0 0 t o $ 9 .9 9 -------------$ 1 0 .0 0 t o $21*.99---------$ 2 5 .0 0 and o v e r -----------Gas r a n g e :
$ 1 0 .0 0 t o $21*.99---------$ 2 5 * 0 0 an d o v e r - -------—
C o a l an d g a s r a n g e — -------

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$

98

T a b le F -3 - R e t a i l P r i c e s i n S h i p b u ild in g C e n t e r s , 1 9 1 i* -l3
HOUSEWARES
191*i

1916

1915

1918

1917

A r t i c l e an d d e s c r i p t i o n \ f
Ju n e

D ec.

Jun e

D ec.

Ju n e

$ 1 .0 1
3.51*
5 .3 0

$ 1 .0 1
3.51*
5 .3 0

* l.o u
3 .8 2
5.71*

$ l.Q U
3 .8 2
5.71*

$ 1.21*
1*.17
6 .2 1

$ 1.21*

.9 9
3 .5 2
5 .3 5

.9 9
3 .5 2
5 .3 5

1 .0 1
3 .8 8
5 .3 5

1 .0 1
3 .8 8
5 .3 5

1 .2 3
2 .0 0

1.21*
2 .0 3

1 .3 0
2 .1 6

.6 0

.6 0

.1*9
.6 9

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D ec.

1*.32
6 .2 1

$ 1 .5 7
1*.55
7 .6 0

$ 1 .5 7
1*.60
7 .7 2

$ 1 .8 7
^ .0 8
8 .1 8

$ 1 .9 8
5.51*
8 .3 8

1 .2 0
l * .i o
5 .8 3

1 .2 1
i* .2 7
5 .8 3

1.1*8
1**57
6 .7 2

1 .5 0
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6 .8 5

1 .8 8
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7 .1 2

1 .8 9
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2 .2 0
3 .1 7

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CUTLERY, f l a t w a r e
T a b le k n i v e s , p e r d o z e n :
S t e e l , w it h wood h a n d le
S i l v e r p l a t e -----------------R o g e rs 181*7-------------------T a b le f o r k s , p e r d o z e n :
S t e e l , w i t h wood h a n d le
S i l v e r p l a t e -----------------R o g e rs 181*7------------------DINNERWARE
Cups an d s a u c e r s , p e r
dozen:
W h ite o r p l a i n -------------D e c o ra te d — ------------------KITCHENWARE

CO

C o f fe e p o t , 2 - q t . , e n a m e l,
e a c h - ---------------- — — —
D ish p a n , ll* q t . , e a c h :
T in ----------------------------------E nam el----------------------------S k ille t , each :
S t e e l ------------------------------I r o n --------------------------------A lum inum ------ -— — — S te w p a n , 1* q t . , e a c h :
E nam el----------------------------Aluminum------------------------T e a k e t t l e , e n a m e l:
U nder $ 1 .0 0 -------------------$ 1 .0 0 an d o v e r ------------ --

—

LAUNDRY SUPPLIES
W ash b o ard :
Z in c --------------------------------Q la s s ------------------------------W ash tu b :
G a lv a n iz e d , #1-------------G a lv a n iz e d , #2-------------G a lv a n iz e d , #3-------------Wood-------------------------------B o ra x , 1 l b . p k g .-----------C le a n in g p o w d er:
G old D u s t, 3 j l b . p k g .Old D utch C le a n s e r ------L a u n d ry s o a p , p e r b a r - —

— -

.1 0
.0 7

2 / . 29
—

.0 7

OTHER HOUSEWARES
Broom , i * - s t r i n g o r t i e —
B ru sh , scru b o r f ib e r —
Window s h a d e s :
W a te r c o l o r -------------------O i l ----------------------------------

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T a b le

F -| * -

R e ta il

P r ic e s

in

MEN’ S

A r t i c l e an d d e s c r i p t i o n

1 9 lk

1/

S h ip b u ild in g

C e n ters,

OUTERWEAR

1916

1915
Ju n e

1 9 1 i* -l8

D ec.

1918

1917

Jun e

D ec.

Ju n e

___
—
—

$ 1 3 .5 8
1 7 .8 7
2 3 .1 2

—
—

20.90

1 1 .8 9
1 8 .5 5

...
—

6 .9 0

—

Ju n e

D ec.

——

$ 1 1 .1 8
1 5 .8 7
2 1 .5 9

...
——

$ 1 1 .8 8
1 6 .3 9
2 1 .8 6

___
—

1 0 .2 5
1 7 .lit

...
—

1 0 .3 6
1 7 .b 5

—

—

6 .1 0

—

1 3 .3 6
2 1 .2 5
1 5 .6 0

...
-—
—

1 3 .8 b
2 1 .6 1
15.81*

———

1 5 .3 1
2 2 .6 3
1 7 .0 7

6 .1 1

—

6.21*
1 3 .0 5

—•
—

7 .0 0
ll* .2 l*

D ec.

A p r il

A ug.

OVERCOAT, a l l w o o l
U nder $ 1 5 * 0 0 ------------------—
* 1 5 .0 0 t o * 1 9 .9 9 -------------$ 2 0 .0 0 an d o v e r — ---------—

2 6 .0 7

...
...
—

* 2 1 .8 9
2 6 .3 6
3 1 .0 0

1 3.9U
2 2 .8 8

...
—

1 7 .5 0
2 8 .0 6

8 .5 0

—

1 1 .6 5

...
—
—.

1 8 .0 5
2 6 .3 2
2 0 .2 9

...
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3 1 .5 2
2 6 .b 9

-—
—

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16.71*

—...

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...
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—

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...
—

2 5 .6 8
2 b .6 b
2 5 .6 8

2 / 2 .2 0
? / 2 .b 2
— .
—
2 / 3 .6 7

$ 1 5 .8 8

OVERCOAT, p a r t w o o l 1 0 /
U nder $ 1 5 JX )---------------------$ 1 5 * 0 0 an d o v e r - ---------—
MACKINAW-----------------------------------SU IT , f o r w i n t e r
W o o l:
* 7 .5 0 t o * 1 6 .9 9 -----------$ 1 7 * 0 0 an d o v e r -------—
S e r g e 1 1 / — — --------------W ool ancT c o t t o n n i x e d :
* 3 .0 0 t o * 9 .9 9 -------------$ 1 0 .0 0 an d o v e r — -------

—

6 . Oli

-—
—

-—
—

12.82

SU IT, f o r summer
P alm b e a c h ---------------------—
S e r g e --------------------------------A l l w o o l----------— ---------— -

$ U u78
ia .m
1 U .7 8

__—
—-

$ 1 5 .0 9
ll* .l* 8
1 5 .0 9

___
—
—

16.09

...
—

l£ i* l*

—

$ 16.1*1*

$ 1 9 .9 5
2 0 .5 9
1 9 .9 5

WORK PANTS
K h ak i----------------------------------C o tto n 12/ — --------------------P a r t w o o l— ---------- — - — C o rd u ro y ------------------- --------

1.15

1 .1 7
1 .3 1
2 .5 3
2 .5 0

1 .2 7
1.1*6
2 .7 9
2 .5 0

1 .2 7
1 .5 1
2 .7 9
2 .5 0

1 .6 2
1 .7 7
3 .2 9
2 .9 8

1 .7 0
2 .0 0
3 .2 9
3 .0 5

...
——
—

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1 .2 7
.9 6

.9 0
1 .2 7
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1 .1 1
1 .5 1
1 .1 9

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1 .1 2
1.51*
1 .2 0

.9 7
1.51*
2 .0 3
1 .6 3

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1 .5 7
2 .1 0
1 .7 2

$ 1 .2 7
1 .8 5
2 / 2 .5 6
7 / 2 .3 0

1 .7 b
2 .1 1
2 .5 0
2 .3 8

.5 2
.6 6
1 .2 5

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.7 7
—-

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1.91*

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.3 0
1 .2 1
.8 9

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.6 0

.5 2
.6 0
1 .1 8

.5 1
.6 6

OVERALLS, BLUE DENIM
U nder f i f t y c e n t s — — F i f t y c e n t s t o $ * 9 9 -------—
$ 1 * 0 0 an d o v e r -------— --------A d v e r t is e d b r a n d s 1 3 / ------WORK SHIRT
C ham b ray-— ------------------- —
C o tto n o r c o t t o n m ix - ——
F la n n e l ( n o t s p e c i f i e d ) —

—

—

—

WORK GLOVES
L e a th e r-— —— —— ——
C o tto n o r c a n v a s ™ — —

*79
.1 2

.7 9
.1 2

.8 1
.1 2

.11*

T a b le F -5 - R e t a i l P r i c e s i n S h i p b u ild in g C e n t e r s , 191U -18
MEN’ S FURNISHINGS AND ACCESSORIES
SWEATER
A l l w o o l----------------------------P a r t w o o l— — — - — — — —
C o tt o n :
$ .3 5 t o $1.21*---------------$ 1 .2 5 an d o v e r - — --------

_____

_____

2 .3 U

li.l*l*
2.31*

.7 2
1 .8 0

.7 5
1 .8 2

•1*9
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1 .0 3
.7 6

.5 1
.7 6
1 .0 3
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2 .2 5

i* .3 1
2 .2 5

.7 2
1 .8 0

.1*9
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1 .0 3
—•

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5 .o l*

___ . .

2 .7 0

2.72

3 .3 9

6 .2 5
3 .6 0

.7 5
1 .9 0

.8 8
2 .0 8

.8 8
2 .0 8

1 .2 2
2 .6 8

1.21*
2 .6 8

.5 1
.7 6
1 .0 3
.7 9

.6 1
.8 9
1 .0 7

.6 1
.8 9
1 .0 8
.8 8

.7 9
1 .1 3
1 .3 0

.7 9
1 .1 3
1 .3 2
1 .1 2

. . .

3 .8 5
1 .2 8
- —

7 .8 6
l* .6 l
1 .5 3
3 .5 3

NIGHT SHIRT
M u s lin :
5 0 c e n t s an d u n d e r ------* 0 .5 1 t o * 0 .9 9 -------------$ 1 .0 0 an d o v e r — —
F la n n e l l l * / ----------------------See

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T a b le

F -5

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R e ta il
M E N 'S

P r ic e s

in

PAJAMAS, f l a n n e l l k / -------------

—

C en ters,

AND A C C E S S O R IE S

D ec.
$ 1*11

-

1 9 1 i* -l8

C o n tin u e d

1916

1915

191^
Ju n e

S h ip b u ild in g

F U R N IS H IN G S

Jun e

D ec.

—

$ 1 .1 1

Jun e
—

1918

1917
D ec.
$ 1 .2 7

Jun e
—

D ec.
$ 1 .6 0

A p r il
—

A ug.
$ 1 .6 6

UNDERSHIRT OR DRAWERS
P a r t w o o l- ------------------------IOC# w o o l------------------------—
UNION SU IT , a l l w o o l--------------

___

—

1 .1 8
1 .1 (0

. . .

2 .7 6

—

—

1 .2 0
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1 .3 6
1 .6 5

. . .

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2 .7 7

—

3.Q 5

—

1 .7 8
2 .1 5

. . .
—

2 .1 7
2 .8 5

3 .8 1

—-

—

5 .0 2

SOCKS
C o tto n — — — -------— ——
P a r t w o o l------------------------—
Wool— ------------ ----------------C ashm ere----------------------------L i s l e ---------- •-----------------------S i l k -------------------------------------

.1 5
.2 0
.3 2
.2 5
.3 1
.1*h

$ 0 .1 6
—.—
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.3 3
.1 5

.1 6
.2 1
.3 3
.2 7
.3 3
.1*5

$ 0 .1 8
——
—
.3 7
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.3 3
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$ 0 .2 2

—
—
.3 1
.10*

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.5 9

.2 2
.3 3
.5 5
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.1*7
.5 9

$ 0.21*
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—
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.7 2

.3 3
.5 3
.7 8
.6 6
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.2 0

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2 .3 8
2 .5 6

2 .6 6

2 .6 0
2 .6 6

3 .0 5

3 .2 8
3 .0 8

...

1 .8 7
U .1 2

$ 0 .1 5

HANDKERCHIEFS
C o tto n 1 5 / ----------------------—
L in e n ---------------------------------NECKTIE, s i l k , f o u r - in - h a n d —

—

.9 8

SUSPENDERS
E l a s t i c -------— -----------— —
L is le o r s ilk l i s l e —

.1*8
.6 1

.5 8
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HAT, FELT
S o f t f e l t h a t -------------------T ra d e m arked — — ------------ -

___
2 .5 5

...

—

3 .5 0
2/3.1*5

HAT, STRAW
S t i f f s t r a w -------------------—
Panam a— ---------------------------

* .8 7
U .0 6

1 .9 0
1*.33

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2 .0 0
l* .8 l

mm
m

5.21*

2 .2 2
5 .3 1

T a b le F -6 - R e t a i l P r i c e s i n S h i p b u ild in g C e n t e r s , 1 9 H * -l8
WOMEN'S OUTERWEAR
COAT, WINTER, w o o l
U nder $ 1 0 .0 0 ---------------------$ 1 0 .0 0 t o $11*.99-------------$ 1 5 .0 0 an d o v e r — — --------

—
—
—

8 .6 0
1 2 .0 2
2 0 .0 5

...
—
—

8.79
12. 6U

...
—

1 0 .6 9
1U .37
2 2 .3 3

...

1 2 .3 3
1 7 .5 9
2 6 .3 2

1 2 .6 7
1 8 .3 0
2 6 .7 7

___

—

1 U .0 0
2 0 .5 6
2 8 .8 6

1 5 .2 3
2 2 .9 2

— •

1 6 .9 6
2 U .5 8

—

—
—

1 5 .0 5
2 l(.1 0
1 9 .7 9

-—
—-

1 7 .1 1
26.0 U
2 1 .8 7

20.1(1

...
—

1 2 .1 7
1 6 .8 8
2 6 .1 9

...
—

15.19
2 0 .5 8
3 1 .2 1

COAT, WINTER, p lu s h
U nder $ 1 5 .0 0 ---------------------$ 1 5 .0 0 t o $21*.99-------------$ 2 5 .0 0 an d o v e r ---------- — -

___
----

1 7 .0 0
2 i* .6 0
3 2 .2 8

7 A 9 .1 7

...
3 2 .0 U
1(0.83

COAT, SPRING
S erg e ll/ J
$10.< X T to $ 1 9 .9 9 ----------$ 2 0 .0 0 an d o v e r ----------

li* .9 2
2 2 .9 2

—-

—
—-

1 U .6 5
2 3 .5 8
1 9 .7 1

1 8 .9 0
2 9 .1 7

2 2 .1 6
3 5 .0 0

—m

3 5 .0 0

SU IT, (COAT AND SKIRT)
S erg e l l / :
$ 8 .9 5 “ t o $ 1 9 .9 9 -----------$ 2 0 .0 0 a n d o v e r — ---------

See

fo o tn o te s

on

page




i q

5

—
—-

2 0 .2 5
3 0 .2 3
2 5 .9 1

—
—

2 8 .7 2
3 7 .8 5
3 3 .5 9

101
T a b le

F -6

-

R e ta il

P r ic e s

in

W O M E N 'S

S h ip b u ild in g
OUTERWEAR

-

C e n ters,

1 9 1 U -1 8

C o n tin u e d

WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR AND ACCESSORIES
NIGHTGOWN
M u s lin :
U nder # 0 .7 5 ---------------------# 0 .7 5 a n d o v e r — — — — .
N ain so o k —
__—
F la n n e le tte
U nder # 0 .7 5 -------------- — # 0*75 an d o v e r - -------- —

.5 2
1 .0 3
.9 2
—

.5 2

1.03
•—
.5 6
.9 2

•5U
1 .0 5
.9 5
—

•SU
1 .0 6
--- “

.6 3
1.11*
1 .0 7

.5 9
.9 3

.6 3
1 .1 6
—-

.8 1
1 .3 6
1 .3 1

1 .0 2
1 .5 6
1.1*8

1 .2 1
1 .8 1
—

.9 7
1 .2 8

.7 1
.9 9

•82
1 .3 9
-—

—-

1 .5 3
1 .6 7

1 .1 0
1 .9 0
1 .3 7
l*.ltl*

1 .2 9
2 .2 1
1 .5 5
1*«60

1 .5 0
2 .3 6
1 .8 7
5 .1 3

PETTICOAT
M u s lin .
# 0 .5 0 t o #1.21*---------------# 1 .25 an d o v e r - — — — —
S a t e e n — — ------------------------S ilk , t a f f e t a or s a tin —
O u tin g f l a n n e l o r f l a n n e l e t t e --------------------------------UNION SU IT , p a r t w o o l, ned iu m
w e ig h t 1 6 / — — ---------—

•80
1 .7 1
.9 6
3.1*1
—
2 .1 0

•8 0
1 .7 1
.9 6
3 .U

•8 2
1.71*
.9 8
3.1*5

.1*9

.1*7
2 .1 0

•82
1.71*
.9 8
3.1*5

2 .1 2

2 .1 2

.9 2
1 .7 7
1 .0 9
3 .7 8
—2 .3 0

.9 2
1 .7 7
1 .0 9
3 .8 1
.51*

2 .3 3

1 .0 9
1 .9 0
1 .3 7
1*.38
—

2 .7 3

.7 2

2 .8 3

.91*

3.01*

3 .1 1

.9 2

1 .0 3
1 .7 6

UNION SU IT, c o t t o n
L ig h t w e ig h t - — —
—
H eavy w e i g h t ™ --------------

See

fo o tn o te s

on

page 10$




.5 5

—

.9 2

.5 5

—

.91*

.6 1

.7 3
1 .0 7

...

1 .3 3

102
T a b le

F -7

-

R e ta il

P r ic e s

W O M E N 'S

in

S h ip b u ild in g

UNDERWEAR

19lU

AND

C e n ters,

A C C E S S O R IE S

1 9 1 U -1 8
-

C o n tin u e d

1916

1915

1918

1917

A r t i c l e an d d e s c r i p t i o n 1/
Ju n e

D ec.

Ju n e

Dec*

Ju n e

D ec.

Jun e

D ec.

A p r il

A ug.

COMBINATION SUIT

1.13

1 1.15

$ 1 .1 5

$ 1 .2 6

$ 1 .2 6

$ 1.1*5

$ 1 .5 1

$ 1 .7 2

$ 1 .7 U

1 .7 3

•61*
1 .0 3
1 .7 3

.6 6
1 .0 6
1 .7 6

•6 6
1 .0 6
1 .7 6

.7 3
1 .1 6
1.81*

.7 3
1 .1 6
1 .8 5

.9 2
1.31*
2 .1 1

.9 3
1 .3 6
2.11*

1 .0 8
1 .5 3
2.1*3

1 .2 6
1 .7 U
2 .6 9

.Id*

. 11
**

.1*5

•1*5

•1*9

.1*9

.5 9

•62

.7 8

N ain so o k — ~ — — ---------M a s lin :
U nder # 1 .0 0 -----------------$ 1 .0 0 t o $ 1 .U 9 -----------| l o 50 an d o v e r — ---------

* 1 .1 3

DRAWERS, m u s l i n -----------— — -

.6
U

1.03

*

•82

SHIRT, WOOL
W o o l— .- -.— - — — - — .— —
-

P a r t w o o l—

---------—

___
—

1 .2 0
1 .0 1

.2 3
.la
—

—

—

1 .8 2
1 .5 0

—

2.1*6
2 .1 3

.3 3
.5 8
—.Uo

—•
•6 0
.7 7
—

♦U3
.7 2
—
.1*6

.5 0
.8 3
1 .0 5
.5 7

.6 8
1 .3 9
3 .2 9

.81*
1 .6 3
3 .6 6

•8U
1 .6 7
3 .7 U

1 .9 8
U .5 2

1 .2 1
2 .2 7
U.5U

.7 0
.7 7

.7 6
.8 5

1.21*
1 .0 3

—-

.la
• 18
*
—

•2 6
•1*8
—
.3 2

.1*8
.5 8

•6 8
1 .3 8
3 .2 7

1.1*5
1.11*

SHIRT, COTTON
Summer w e ig h t — - — — —
Medium w e ig h t ------------ — H eavy w e ig h t — —
—
V e s t, c o tto n -— — —

.31

• la
. 18
*
—•

.23
• la
—

.31

CORSET
U nder $ 1 .0 0 ---------------------$ 1 .0 0 t o $ 2 .U 9 ---------------$ 2 .5 0 an d o v e r — — — -

.5 8
1 .2 7
3 .1 2

.5 8
1 .2 7
3 .1 2

3.11»

.6 0
1 .2 8
3.11*

.U2
•U5

•1*2
.1*5

.1*3
♦1*9

.1*3
.1*9

.1*7
.5 8

.1*7
.5 8

.5 5
.7 0

.5 5
.7 0

.5 0

.5 0

.5 0

.5 0

.5 0

.5 0

.5 5

.5 5

.2 2
.3 8
.5 0
.81*

.2 2
.3 9
.5 0
.81*

.2 5
.1*3
.5 7
.9 6

.2 5
.1*1*
.5 7
.9 6

.3 2
•5U
.6 6
1 .1 7

.3 2
•5U
.6 6
1 .1 9

.3 6
.5 8
.8 5
1 .3 1

.UU
.6 6
.8 5
1 .U 5

1 .7 5
1 .9 6

1 .9 7
2 .1 3

1 .9 7

.6 0

1.28

CORSET COVER
M u s lin ------------------------------Trim m ed ( e m b r o id e r y , e t c . )
BRASSIERE---------------------------------

—

.6 5

STOCKINGS
C o tto n — — —
L is le — — —— ————
S i l k b o o t 1 7 / -------------- —
S i l k -----------------------------------

.21

.21

.3 7
.1*7
.7 7

.3 7
.1*7
.7 7

1 .0 *
1 .2 1

l.Q l*
1 .2 1

1 .1 7

1.28

1 .1 7
1 .2 8

1.1*5
1.1*9

1.1*5
1 .5 0

1 .7 5
1 .9 3

.Uo
.1*7
.6 3

—
.1*7

.la
.1*9
.6 3

—
.1*9
-—

.5 0
•62
•68

-—
.6 3

.6 6
.8 1
.8U

.8 3
-—

.7 5
.8 8
.9 7

.9 6
-—

.0 8
.1 6

.0 8
.1 6

.0 9
.1 7

.0 9
.1 7

.1 1
.2 0

•1 1
•2 1

•12
.2 5

.1 3
•2 8

GLOVES
L e a t h e r , d o m e s tic *
C a p e s k in - — * — ---------K id—
— — ———
F a b r ic :
L is le —— —— — —
C h a m o is e tte —
——

—

-—

2.27
—

HANDKERCHIEF, p l a i n
C o tto n ------------------------------

See

fo o tn o te s

on

page 105




•0 8
.1 5

•0 8
.1 5

103

T a b le F - 8 - R e t a i l P r i c e s i n S h i p b u ild in g C e n te r s , 1 9 !l* - l8
CHILDRENS* AND INFANTS' APPAREL
1916

1915

191*

1918

1917

A r t ic le and d e s c r ip tio n 1/
Ju n e

Ju n e

D ec.

D ec.

. . .

• 3 .7 9
6 .2 1

Ju n e

D ec.

Jun e

D ec.

A p r il

A ug.

BOYS' WEAR
OVERCOAT
« . ___

U nder $ 5 .0 0 ---------------------$ 5 * 0 0 a n d o v e r ------------------

-—

* 3.1*2
6 .1 8

—

. . .

—

♦ lt .5 7
6 .6 1

. . .

—

8 5 .6 3

. . .

8 .2 k

. . .

» 7 .8 1
1 0 .8 1

SUIT
S e r g e ( s t u m e r ) — --------—
S e r g e ( w i n t e r ) - -------------- W ool-------------------------------------

* It#83
—
—-

lt .8 $
6 .5 6

.5 9

.5 9

CAP, w o o l s e r g e ------------------

—

•

$ U .83
—

—
.5 9

. . .

U .9 5
6 .6 1

$ 5 .9 1
. . .

.7 0

.5 9

. . .

5 .3 5
7 .2 8

8 7 .5 6
—
. . .

.7 0

.81*

. . .

7 .1 8
8 .9 7
.81*

I 8 .5 5
—

—
1 .0 2

1 .2 l*

1 .2 * i

1 .2 7

1 .2 7

1 .3 5

1.1*5

1 .5 3

1 .7 1

1 .0 7
2 .5 5

UNION SU IT , p a r t w o o l------------

—

1 .0 7
2 .5 5

1 .0 7
2 .6 5

1 .0 7
2 .6 5

1 .1 0
2.81*

1 .1 0
2.81*

1 .3 1
3 .1 0

1 .3 8
3 .2 8

1 .8 0
3 .3 1

.3 8
.6 1

.3 8
♦61

.3 8
.6 5

.3 8
.6 5

.1*5
•68

.1*5
.7 5

.5 0
•8 1

.5 0
.9 5

9 .1 0
9.1»0
1 1 .7 b
1 .1 b
2 /1 .9 5

GIRLS' NEAR
MIDDY BLOUSE----------------------------SWEATER, w o o l— — ------------- ----------------- —
UNION SU IT , c o t t o n
L ig h t w e ig h t —
H eavy w e ig h t —

1 .8 7
3 .8 6

i
—

------------------------ ---

----------------------------------

i

. . .
—

2 / .6 5
2 7 i.U i

DRAWERS, c o t t o n , k n i t
Summer— — ----------------------------------------W in te r — ------------------------ — — — —

.3 8

. . .

.3 8

____

.1*3

•U3

—

.U l
—

. . .

•1*6

.5 3
—

.8 3

. . .

—

------------------------

.3 0

.3 0

.3 0

..3 0

.31*

.31*

.la

•1*2

STOCKINGS, c o t t o n ---------------------------------- ---

.1 9

.1 9

.1 9

.2 0

.2 1

.2 8

.2 9

SHIRT, c o t t o n ---------------------—

. . .

.6 b

—

CM
CM
.

.6 5

2 /.5 2

.3 3

.b o

INFANTS' WEAR
SHIRT, w o o l ----------—

--- ------------------------------- —

—

.6 9

.7 0

—

—

-

.7 5

—

.9 1

—

. 11
*
.2 3
. 2*
1
.3 5

.1 9
—
.3 0
.3 9

2 A .0 9

T a b le F - 9 - R e t a i l P r i c e s i n S h i p b u ild in g C e n t e r s , 1911*-l8
DRESS GOODS
DRESS GOODS, COTTON, p e r y a r d
C a l i c o 1 8 / ------------------------G ingham , 2 7 * w id e — ~ —
P e r c a l e , 3 6 * w id e — — P o p lin 1 8 / -------------------------

•06

.0 6

.08

•08

.1 3
.1 3

.1 3
.1 3
•26

.11
•12

.11
.12

.2 5

.2 5

•26

.5 6
.9 2
1 .1 9
.1*5
1.<XL

•5 6
.9 2
1 .1 9
.1*5

1.01
1.28
• 18
*

.62
1.01
1.28
. 18
*

1 .0 8

1 .0 9

.10
.16
.16
.28

•10
•16
.1 7
.2 9

. 11
*
.2 3

•22
.31*

.21
.31*
.3 8
.1*9

DRESS GOODS, WOOL, p e r y a r d
S e r g e , a l l w o o ls
3 6 « - l* l" w id e -----------------12" - 11 w id e — — - — *
* **
51*" w id e -------------------- — S e r g e , p a r t w o o l 18/ —
T ra d e name f a b ric T T 1 9 / —

See

fo o tn o te s

on

p a g e 105>




1.01

.6 1

.7 5

1.22
1 .5 3
•6 0

1.28

.7 5
1 .2 3

1.58
•61
1 .2 9

.9 8
1 .5 9
2 .0 7
.7 8

1.62

1.00
2.11
•80

1.61*

1 .6 5

1 .1 5
1 .8 5
2 / 2 .6 3
"
.91*
2 .0 6

1 .3 1
2 .2 9
3 .2 5
.9 7
2.1*5

io U

T a b le F -1 0 - R e t a i l P r i c e s i n S h i p b u ild in g C e n t e r s , 1 91 L -18
FOOTGEAR

A r t i c l e an d d e s c r i p t i o n

19lU

1/

1916

1915

Jun e

D ec.

$ U .io
lw l9
2 .1 5

$ U.10
U.19

Ju n e

D ec.

Jun e

1918

1917
D ec.

Jun e

$ 5 .0 3
5 .1 7
2 .7 5

$ 6 .0 5
6 .1 3
3 .5 5

$ 6 .1 1
6 .1 7
3 .5 5

$ 6 .6 7
6 .2 0
—

$ 6 .8 3
7 .3 0
2/1*. 00

D ec.

A p r il

A ug.

MEN'S FOOTWEAR
SHOES
C a l f s k i n --------------------------V i c i k i d --------------------------Work s h o e - ------------------------

2.15

$ U .38
U .53
2 .5 5

$ U .38
U .53
2 .5 5

$

5.00
5 .1 7
2 .7 5

RUBBERS 2 0/
T ra d e name----------------------O th er---------------------------------

1 .0 0

1.07

1.00
1.07

1 .0 0
1 .1 0

1.00
1.11

1 .2 0

1 .0 5
1 .2 1

1 .2 5
1 .3 6

1 .2 5
1 .3 9

1 .2 6
1 .6 2

1.U 9
1 .7 5

ARTICS, l* - b u c k le --------------------

1 .9 7

1 .9 7

2 .0 6

2 .0 6

2 .1 7

2 .1 7

2 .5 2

2 .5 5

2 .8 6

3 .0 8

1 .7 lt
3 .1 2
U.6U

1.7U
3 .1 2
U .65

1.86
5.07

1 .8 6
3 .6 0
5 .5 1

2 .1 8
3 .8 7
5 .9 1

2 .1 8
3 .8 7
5 .9 3

2 .6 6
U .83
6.91*

2 .7 7
i*.8l*
6 .9 9

3 .1 8

3 .3 1

7.1*2

3 .2 7
5 .6 8
8 .0 0

♦ 0 .3 9 - *0.7 1»-----------------$ 0 .7 5 and o v e r - --------------

.5 8
.7 8

.5 8
.7 8

.6 0
.7 9

.6 0
.7 9

.6 5
.8 3

.6 5
.8 3

.7 6
.9 3

.7 7
•9U

.8 7
1 .0 1

.8 7
1 .0 2

SLIPPERS an d HOUSE SHOES-----

1.1*8

1.1*8

1 .5 7

1 .5 7

1 .7 8

1 .7 8

2 .2 5

2.31*

2*61*

2 .6 7

$ 1 .5 0 - ,*2 .1 i9 -----------------$ 2 .5 0 an d o v e r ----------------

1 .7 5
2 .9 3

1 .7 5
2 .9 3

1 .8 3
3 .0 6

1 .8 3
3 .0 8

2 .1 3
3.1*1*

2 .1 3
3.U 6

2.1*8
3 .9 8

2 .5 3
1*.07

2 .8 1
1*.07

2 .9 0
1*.70

RUBBERS------------------------------------

.7 8

.7 8

.8 1

✓ •81

.8 8

.8 8

.9 5

.9 8

.9 9

1 .0 8

$ 1 .5 0 - $2.1*9-----------------$ 2 .5 0 and o v e r ----------------

1 .7 7
2 .9 6

1 .7 7
2 .9 6

1 .9 1
3 .2 2

1 .9 1
3 .2 8

2 .1 9
3 .6 3

2 .1 9
3 .6 6

2 .6 3
U .09

2.61*
U .13

2.9U
U.U1

3 .0 1
1*.69

RUBBERS-.................................................

.Six

.5U

.5 7

.5 7

.6 3

.6 3

.7 1

.7 1

.7 1

.7 9

1.1*1*

1.UU

1 .5 7

1 .5 8

1 .7 8

1 .8 0

2.11*

2 .1 8

2 .3 7

2 / 2 .5 6

1.05

WOMEN'S FOOTWEAR
SHOES
U nder $ 2 .5 0 --------------------* 2.50 - * 3.99-----------------$ l* .0 0 an d o v e r — *■
----------

5.10

RUBBERS

BOYS' FOOTWEAR
SHOES

G IRLS' FOOTWEAR
SHOES

INFANTS' FOOTWEAR
SHOES----------------------------------------

See

fo o tn o te s

on

page 105




105

T a b le F - l l - R e t a i l P r i c e s i n S h i p b u ild in g C e n t e r s , 191U -18
MEDICINES

A r t i c l e an d d e s c r i p t i o n

1 9 lh

1/

1916

1915
Ju n e

D ec.

Jun e

# 0 .6 0

# 0 .6 0

# l.lli

.1 9
.2 0

.1 9
.2 2

.1 9
.2 2

.1 2

.1 2

.1 2

.2 7

.2 7

.2 7

.0 7

.0 7

.0 7

Ju n e

D ec.

ALCOHOL, g r a i n , 1 p i n t — -----

* 0 .5 2

*

ASPIRIN, 12 5 - g r a i n t a b l e t s )
A d v e r t is e d b r a n d s ------- —
N o n - a d v e r tis e d b r a n d s - —

.18
.2 0

.1 8
.2 0

.1 9
.2 0

BICARBONATE OF SODA, 1 l b . —

.1 2

.1 2

BORIC ACID, 1 l b . ----------------

.2 7

CAMPHOR GUM, 1 o z . ---------------

.0 7

0.52

D ec.

Ju n e

$ o.51»

i

0.5U

1918

1917
D ec.

A p r il

A ug.

1.21

# 1.3U

$ 1 .3 8

.2 1
.2 2

.2 1
.2 2

.2 1
.2 2

.2 1
.2 2

.1 2

•Hi

.Hi

.1 5

.1 6

.2 9

.2 9

.3U

.3 7

.liO

2 / .li0

.0 8

.0 8

.1 0

.1 1

.1 2

.lli
.Hi

I

CASTOR O IL, 1 o z . ----------------

•05

.0 5

.0 6

.0 6

.0 6 -

.0 6

.0 8

.0 9

.1 1

EPSOM SALTS, 1 l b . --------------

.1 0

.1 0

.1 1

.1 1

.1 1

.1 1

.1 3

.1 3

.1 5

.1 6

GLYCERINE, 1 o z . -----------------

.0 7

.0 7

.0 7

.0 7

.0 9

.0 9

.1 3

.1 3

.Hi

.H i

LISTERINE, 3 o z . ---------------- --

.2 3

.2 3

.2 3

.2 3

.2 3

•23

.2 5

.2 5

.2 5

.2 6

PEROXIDE OF HYDROGEN, U o z . -

.1 3

.1 3

.1 3

.1 3

.Hi

.1k

.1 5

.1 5

.1 5

.1 6

QUININE, p e r d o z . t a b l e t s :
2 - g r a i n ----------------------- 5 - g r a i n -------------------------

.1 1
.2 3

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P r i c e r a n g e s shown a s p a r t o f t h e d e s c r i p t i o n r e f e r t o p r i c e s i n 191U*
Ju n e p r i c e .
P r o b a b ly m ost q u o t a t io n s a r e f o r s i z e 8 l" x 9 0 " . T h is s i z e w as r e p o r te d m ost f r e q u e n t l y u n d e r n o n - tr a d e -m a r k e d s h e e t s .
May h a v e a m ix tu r e o f dam ask c l o t h s o f 7 2 "x 8 li" and s m a l l e r , a s w e l l a s p l a i n w e a v e s .
5 / Prt>babl„ d am ask .
% f P r o b a b ly a l l m e t a l f r a m e .
7 / F e b r u a ry p r i c e .
8 / I n c lu d e s a l l m a t t r e s s e s d e s ig n a t e d " f e l t " , " l a y e r f e l t " , and " c o tto n f e l t " . P r i c e l e v e l s w e re a p p r o x im a t e ly t h e
same f o r t h e s e t h r e e d e s i g n a t i o n s .
9 / Type o f ic e b o x w as n o t s p e c i f i e d i n a l l c a s e s . P r i c e l e v e l s i n d i c a t e d t h a t t h e s e a r e p r o b a b ly a l l t o p - i c e r s . P r i c e s
F o r s i d e - i c e r s w e re more t h a n # 1 0 .0 0 h ig h e r t h a n t o p - i c e r s i n 1911;.
1 0/ I n c lu d e s o v e r c o a t s i d e n t i f i e d a s " p a r t w o o l" and "m ixed g o o d s " .
IT / I n c lu d e s w o o l s e r g e and o t h e r s e r g e n o t s p e c i f i c a l l y d e s ig n a t e d a s w o o l. Does n o t in c lu d e s e r g e i d e n t i f i e d a s "m ixed "
o r a s " F re n c h s e r g e " .
12/ No o t h e r d e s c r i p t i o n a v a i l a b l e .
1 7 / I d e n t i f i e d a s " a d v e r t i s e d b r a n d s , medium q u a l i t y " .
TE/ I n c lu d e s t h o s e i d e n t i f i e d a s " f l a n n e l " , " f l a n n e l e t t e " , and " o u tin g f l a n n e l " .
1 7 / A v e ra g e s f o r " c o t t o n b a n d a n n a s" w e re t h e same a s f o r t h e c o t to n d r e s s h a n d k e r c h ie f .
1 5 / The p e r c e n t o f w o o l w as n o t s p e c i f i e d . C o m p ariso n s w it h q u o ta t io n s i d e n t i f i e d a s " a l l w o o l" o r "more th a n 50£ w o o l"
I n d i c a t e s t h a t t h e s e p r o b a b ly h a v e l e s s t h a n
w o o l.
1 7/ Band o f s i l k b e tw e e n sh o e to p an d k n e e .
1 8 / W id th n o t s p e c i f i e d .
1 7 / A lth o u g h w id t h w as n o t s p e c i f i e d , q u o t a t io n s c o rr e s p o n d c l o s e l y t o th o s e i d e n t i f i e d f o r E8 t o 5k in c h e s w id e .
5 8/ Q u o ta tio n s i d e n t i f i e d a s " sto rm " an d "lo w " w e re a p p r o x im a t e ly t h e sam e. T h is i s p r o b a b ly a c o m b in a tio n o f t h e tw o
t y p e s . " S a n d a ls " w e re e x c lu d e d .
21/ W eig h t n o t s p e c i f i e d . A l l b r a n d s f o r w h ic h d a t a a r e a v a i l a b l e w e re r e p o r te d a t t h e same p r i c e fro m 1911; th r o u g h 1 9 1 6 .




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