Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Gifts - 1936

From a 1936 magazine, here are some holiday gift ideas for the modern 1936 woman. The original prices are shown. I'll add a notation of what that price translates into in today's dollar. In 1936, the country was still struggling through the Great Depression, so any of these gifts would have been an extravagance for most Americans. All of these items sold at Best & Co. on Fifth Avenue in New York.

Pretty silk blouse with double collar. $77 in today's dollar.

Vintage Liberty of London scarves are still desirable today. I'd love to find one in it's original box! $46 in today's dollar.

Satin tap panties, probably of rayon in a peachy tearose color. So pretty. $31 in today's dollar.

I have never seen a pair of stockings with lace toes! These would be great with open toed shoes or evening sandals. And they're silk! $31 in today's dollar.

A tiny evening clutch purse covered in seed pearls. There was something about these little bags that made every woman keep hers, as they are still quite commonly found. $46 in today's dollar.

2 comments:

Helene said...

One of my questions about this period is not just what those prices would equal today but also what the average woman was actually making on a weekly basis at that time. Except for factory jobs, women's job opportunities were pretty limited in terms of food service, teaching, retail, and office work. Any ideas?

Gladys said...

I want the tap pants. I love those things in the summer under a dress. Like Boxer shorts for women and satin...even better.

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