Posted by Ann on October 23, 1997 at 18:24:38:
In response to The Dismal Science. . ., written by Ken on October 23, 1997 at 08:31:55
] One common trick is to track the price of bread over the ages, as that is a pretty vital & common product. But I hope no one would argue that a loaf of bread today is the same product as one in 1813!
There is also the whole Industrial Revolution standing betwen us and Austen. Something like a knit blanket would have been made with very long hours of labor, but today a machine can turn one out in a minute. How can we compare things that were produced painstakingly by hand, to things that can be manufactured in seconds today, with the decrease in labor costs and the increases in efficiency that modern manufacturing bring. It just isn't possible.
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