Friday Menu ~1910

Three Course Menu Early 1900s.

Do we think is a dollar per person for a total of four dollars? Or a dollar for the entire family?

Source: The Spokane Press, June 13, 1910.

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  1. $1 total for 4 people is my best guess. I’m going by old ads I remember seeing for a gallon of milk for $0.25 in my own lifetime and historical prices of gas. My great grandmother furnished an entire (shotgun) house in the early 30s for $121.

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    1. Wow grandma! That’s economy for you! Very likely that it’s $1 day. I’ve seen meals for $1 about this time period, so I go back and forth. I can feed a family of 3 for probably $10 if pressed and they don’t mind cup-o-noodle. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!!


      1. They got a bed, armoire, table and chairs, dishes, a couple lamps and I forget what else. Considering the circumstances (hasty, after elopement, she was 17 and he was 36), I wonder if the items were new or used, rented or purchased. There might be some clues in what she wrote; it’s been ages since I looked at it.

        I bet a cup o noodles equivalent meal for 4 would have been around $0.50. I’ve seen lists of common grocery items and prices, by decade, somewhere before.

        I’m very much enjoying your blog. I love old cookbooks and enjoy trying out old recipes and comparing the same recipe in different decades. I have cookbooks from the 1940s, 1920s and a repro 1898 book that are so similar they had to be stealing recipes from the previous books. It’s interesting to see the subtle changes and big ones, like going from a “hot oven” to a specific temperatures or from using butter to margarine. Then there are little gems like “scrapple.”

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  2. I’m so glad you found Convivial Supper! It’s fun to share. You’re absolutely correct that they would steal recipes from other books – unscrupulous publishers would even take recipes from different books and add them to an existing book, call it a new addition, and then put it on the market – knowing the author had passed away – and thus collect all of the royalties. Different era. I find mine at book sales, thrift shops, and the flea market. You just have to keep an eye out.

    Your grandma sounds like a lovestruck, headstrong young woman. What a family story! That you know the details makes it all the more remarkable.


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