Posted by Sherry on February 11, 1998 at 15:26:54:
In response to Cotton, written by Marie Bernadette on February 11, 1998 at 00:25:37
Okay First thank you for your help, and this is what I have determined my own answers to be. In 1800 One US dollar was worth about 4s.6p that is about 54pennies( based on silver as the exchange) Using H.C.'s inventory lists 3 yds of checked muslin was bought for around 3shillings which makes 1 yd cost about 1s or 12p. The same in Canada using Carl's and Marie B.'s figures would have cost about 17p. Then using a nifty little inflation Calculater I found on the net (see below) I changed that into current money values in the US and I got that the 1yd of fabric would have cost $1.07 in England and $1.52 cents in Canada in 1996 $s.
Keeping in mind of course that a good meal with dessert at this time went for around 6p or in todays terms 54pennies. I also figured Mr. Darcy's income to be in the neighborhood of a cool 1/2 million dollars a year based on todays $. Mr Bennet would have been in the around $90,000.a yr income bracket and Poor Reverend Austin basing this on around 600pounds per annum would have been worth around $27,000.per yr.
This was kinda fun except I got bogged down in a morass of world economics. If you too would like to get bogged down you can follow the two web sites I did. Feel free to correct my errors. :-)
In case the links don't work www.westegg.com/inflation/
- Link: inflation calculator
- Not as simple as that, I fear, Sherry! Caroline 18:43:53 2/11/98 (7)
- Same old me with a few corrections!(long) Sherry 20:18:57 2/11/98 (6)
- Income, prices and calculations (longish). Tilde 07:31:40 2/13/98 (5)
- you mean your 33cents :-) Sherry 14:22:57 2/13/98 (4)
- Funds Ann 23:38:15 2/13/98 (3)
- another example... P. Bingham 23:49:29 2/16/98 (2)
- Yes,Yes Yes(sounds like organic shampoo commercial) Sherry 12:53:30 2/17/98 (1)
- By all means Caroline 19:49:42 2/20/98 (0)
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