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This guide points to prices and wages found in primary sources for each decade back to the 1700s. Our preference is government sources though we also use commercial catalogs, travel guides, newspapers, etc. We point only to publications that are freely available online, and make extensive use of the HathiTrust Digital Library, the FRASER® digital library and the Internet Archive.
With regard to prices, our primary focus is price paid by the consumer. Usually that means retail prices. However, consumers did at times have the opportunity to purchase at wholesale, for example, when buying flour by the barrel (see an explanation in this 1880 marketing guide). Accordingly, our website does point to some wholesale prices, especially in earlier decades.
This website is managed by Marie Concannon of the University of Missouri Library's Government Information Department.