Days Gone By

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1916 bathing suits from upscale NY store Bonwit Teller. When the average housewife “ran up” her own frock for $1.00, these are pricey. The average income around 1920 was $2,500.00 for a family of four. That means there were many, many people making much less. These bathing suits are out of reach of the regular working girl, making $15.00-$30.00 a week.

1916 bathing suits from upscale NY store Bonwit Teller. When the average housewife “ran up” her own frock for $1.00, these are pricey. The average income around 1920 was $2,500.00 for a family of four. That means there were many, many people making much less. These bathing suits are out of reach of the regular working girl, making $15.00-$30.00 a week.

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