Bathtubs! Showers! Running Water! Water Heaters!

Just a hint of the 21st-century comforts I appreciate every single day…without lugging a single bucket of water.

The history of bathtubs and their availability, style, real-life applications and Old West access covers the following categories:

  • A Bit of Perspective (you’ll see why)
  • “Claw Foot” Bathtubs at the Turn of the Century
  • Old West real life–starting with the Bowl and Pitcher “baths”
  • Tubs for partial baths–like hip baths, foot baths, infant baths (why not just use the tub the family already  has?)
  • Built-in Baths (without claw feet) with wooden cabinetry
  • Combination baths that double with the kitchen sink
  • Advent of self-contained water heaters!…and fold-up bathtubs (how does one fold up an iron monstrosity?)
  • “Shower Baths”
  • Fads of bathing…loofahs and scented water

A BIT OF PERSPECTIVE

Indoor plumbing came about (at least for the wealthy, in urban areas) much earlier than one might think. This humorous caricature was drawn prior to an 1860’s publication in London. The mid-nineteenth century bathtub looks recognizable!

From Humorous Illustrations by John Leech (29 August 1817 – 29 October 1864 in London), published in London by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co, and Glasgow: Thomas D. Morison.

From Four Hundred Humorous Illustrations by John Leech (29 August 1817 – 29 October 1864 in London), published in London (186-?) by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co, and Glasgow: Thomas D. Morison. Find the whole text on Archive.org.

The same 400 Humorous Sketches publication contained this "funny" caricature illustrating the "Shower Bath", stall-style, in London. Common enough that Leech's readers would find the interruption of a man's abolutions amusing. Leech died in 186X.

The same Four Hundred Humorous Illustrations publication contained this “funny”/ caricature illustrating the “Shower Bath”, stall-style, in London. Common enough that Leech’s readers would find the interruption of a man’s ablutions amusing. Leech died in 1864, so this sketch could not have been made after that date.

Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalogs offered claw-foot bathtubs (stationary) near the turn of the century but were available (outside of the catalogs earlier).

Iron Bath Tubs--with optional hardwood cabinetry of oak or cherry. Montgomery Ward & Co. catalog, 1895.

Iron Bath Tubs–with optional hardwood RIM of oak or cherry. Montgomery Ward & Co. catalog, 1895.

$22.50 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $642.86 in 2015

$24.25 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $692.86 in 2015

$27.10 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $774.29 in 2015

$29.40 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $840.00 in 2015

$32.25 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $921.43 in 2015

$3.50 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $100.00 in 2015 (additional for wood rim around top)

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Our $10.95 Stationary Bath Tubs. Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

Our $10.95 Stationary Bath Tubs. Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

$10.95 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $312.86 in 2015 (latest date available)

$11.95 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $341.43 in 2015 (latest date available)

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Our $17.75 Bath Tub. Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1898.

Our $17.75 Bath Tub. Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

$17.75 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $507.14 in 2015 (latest date available)

$18.75 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $535.71 in 2015 (latest date available)

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Roll Rim Enameled Iron Baths. Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

Roll Rim Enameled Iron Baths. Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

$21.75 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $621.43 in 2015 (latest date available)

$24.75 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $707.14 in 2015 (latest date available)

$28 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $800.00 in 2015 (latest date available)

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White Enameled Bath-Tub Complete, for sale in Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898

White Enameled Bath-Tub Complete, for sale in Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

$31.50 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $900.00 in 2015

$36.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $1,028.57 in 2015

$39.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $1,114.29 in 2015

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Bath Tub Plugs, sold separately? Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1898.

Bath Tub Plugs, sold separately, typically for replacement. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1898.

$0.25 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $7.14 in 2015

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Bath Thermometer, for sale by Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

Bath Thermometer, for sale by Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

$0.20 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $5.71 in 2015

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Various museums (and restored Victorian homes open as museums) verify many homes had indoor plumbing quite early. This nineteenth century (1890’s, specifically) bathroom image (according to Pinterest) comes from the Clay County Museum in Henrietta, Texas:

1890's bathroom from the Clay County Museum in Henrietta, Texas.

1890’s bathroom from the Clay County Museum in Henrietta, Texas. Image via Pinterest.

Clay County, Texas is along the very northern border of the state. Image: Google Maps.

Clay County (outlined and shaded with red, near center of image), Texas is situated along the very northern border of the state, abutting Oklahoma. Image: Google Maps.

Clay County, Texas was absolutely “Old West”. But 1890’s had become quite modern. The house Richard Cannon built for his mail-order bride, Lessie, was a legitimate house plan of the time. That book was set in 1890, in Ogden, Utah–a significant hub of the transcontinental railroad, so anything anyone could afford could be easily shipped in or manufactured with raw materials (also carried in by rail).

Then as now, full baths cost money. Lots of money. Anyone who’s built a home or remodeled a bathroom knows how expensive fixtures are today. Farmers, frontiersman, “townies” back in the day of the Old West had to be very well off in order to afford the luxuries already mentioned in this article. Freight (typically “express”) would have been a hefty additional fee. Homes built before indoor plumbing would have to be retrofitted with pipes to a new septic tank, spaces existing remade into a bath (such a room used as a baby’s nursery, off of the mother’s bedroom or a closet under the stairs). Sometimes additions contained an updated “modern” kitchen and/or full bath. All of this construction costs money. A lot of money. (Note the translation of yesteryear’s prices into close to today’s, adjusting for inflation.)

Many Western folk were wealthy and could afford the best of everything. Men made their fortunes with the railroad, in mining, in lumber, in ranching– and in providing supplies for all of the above. Yet far more men (and families) were poor than wealthy. Farmers crossed their fingers, prayed, worked 16+ hour days…and sometimes crops failed and they couldn’t make the mortgage.

No wonder people managed with significantly less expensive options.

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NOW TO THE OLD WEST

DAILY BATHING

Because of the effort involved in pumping water (or hauling it by hand-crank out of a well), carrying (both directions–in and out), heating, all the fuel used to heat the water, getting out the tub, etc., many pioneers on the western frontier / Old West would bathe literally out of a bowl, except for once-a-week Saturday night baths where every member of the family often used the same bathwater.

Bowl and Pitcher, Toilet Stand, for sale in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog of 1897.

Bowl and Pitcher, Toilet Stand, for sale in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog of 1897.

$0.84 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $24.00 in 2015

$0.50 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $14.29 in 2015

$1.40 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $40.00 in 2015

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Wash Bowls, Pitchers, and Japanned Toilet Stands, for sale in the Montgomery, Ward & Co. 1895 Catalog.

Wash Bowls, Pitchers, and Japanned Toilet Stands, for sale in the Montgomery, Ward & Co. 1895 Catalog.

$0.62 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $17.71 in 2015

$1.50 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $42.86 in 2015

$5.95 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $170.00 in 2015

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Note: Both Sears and Montgomery, Ward & Co. item listing mentions “japanned” toilet stand, and “Japanese Toilet stand”.

What does japanned mean?

Definition of "japan" and the verb: "japanned", according to Google. Note the high use throughout the nineteenth century.

Definition of “japan” and the verb: “japanned”, according to Google. Note the high use throughout the nineteenth century.

Antique Bowl and Pitcher on washstand. In guest room at the Historic Silver City's Idaho Hotel. Image: taken by Kristin Holt, June 2016.

Antique Bowl and Pitcher on washstand. In guest room at the Historic Silver City’s Idaho Hotel. Image: taken by Kristin Holt, June 2016. Note: the pale-colored item on the lower shelf is a bed warmer, a bottle-like stoneware device to be filled with boiling water and used to warm the bed on a cold winter’s night.

Antique bowl and pitcher photographed behind a glass display case (against a mirror background) by Kristin Holt, June 2016, at the historic Silver City Idaho Hotel.

Antique china bowl and pitcher photographed behind a glass display case (against a mirror background) by Kristin Holt, June 2016, at the historic Silver City Idaho Hotel.

NOT EVERY TUB FIT THE WHOLE BODY

Japan Foot Tubs, for sale in the Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalog in 1895. Representative of items available and used throughout the era.

Japan Foot Tubs, for sale in the Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalog in 1895. Representative of items available and used throughout the era.

$0.45 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $12.86 in 2015

$0.50 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $14.29 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

Hi Baths and Bathtubs available for sale in the Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895.

Hip Baths (that’s all that fits–the hips) and Bathtubs for infants (note item #45205), also 4 foot-bathtubs and 6-foot bathtubs, available for sale in the Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Can you imagine wrestling a 4-foot or 6-foot bathtub–dry weight–into position for use? Filling, then emptying? What about storage between weekly uses?

$3.50 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $100.00 in 2015

$4.20 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $120.00 in 2015

$0.95 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $27.14 in 2015

$1.05 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $30.00 in 2015

$1.25 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $35.71 in 2015

$1.45 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $41.43 in 2015

$4.00 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $114.29 in 2015

$5.50 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $157.14 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

Bath Tubs, including hip baths, for sale in Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog in 1897.

Bath Tubs, including hip baths, for sale in Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog in 1897.

$0.80 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $22.86 in 2015

$1.10 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $31.43 in 2015

$1.30 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $37.14 in 2015

$3.25 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $92.86 in 2015

$4.00 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $114.29 in 2015

$0.40 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $11.43 in 2015

$0.45 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $12.86 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

Oval Foot Tubs. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1898.

Oval Foot Tubs. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1898.

$0.25 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $7.14 in 2015

$0.30 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $8.57 in 2015

$0.35 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $10.00 in 2015

$0.60 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $17.14 in 2015

$0.75 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $21.43 in 2015

$0.85 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $24.29 in 2015

$1.10 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $31.43 in 2015

$1.30 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $37.14 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

Plunge Baths, Sitz Baths (Hip Baths), Combination Bath Tubs, and Hat Bath Tubs. Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1898.

Plunge Baths, Sitz Baths (Hip Baths), Combination Bath Tubs, and Hat Bath Tubs. Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1898.

$3.25 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $92.86 in 2015

$3.75 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $107.14 in 2015

$4.25 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $121.43 in 2015

$1.95 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $55.71 in 2015

$2.25 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $64.29 in 2015

$3.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $85.71 in 2015

$2.75 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $78.57 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

FULL-SIZE BATH TUBS–BUILT INTO THE CABINETRY

In my article about Indoor Plumbing (and the greater timeline), I shared this image of the tub in the bathroom of the Flavel House Mansion.

Flavel House Bath.

Flavel House Bath.

Catalogs sold similar tubs of zinc or copper to be built into the cabinetry:

Stationary Zinc Bath Tub and Copper Stationary Bath Tub, in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog of 1898.

Stationary Zinc Bath Tub and Copper Stationary Bath Tub, in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog of 1898.

$6.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $171.43 in 2015

$6.25 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $178.57 in 2015

$6.50 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $185.71 in 2015

$9.50 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $271.43 in 2015

$9.75 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $278.57 in 2015

$10.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $285.71 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

COMBINATION BATHS THAT DOUBLE WITH THE KITCHEN SINK

Acme Combination Sink and Bath Tub, Sears Roebuck & Co. 1898.

Acme Combination Sink and Bath Tub, Sears Roebuck & Co. 1898.

Acme Combination Sink and Bath Tub, part 2, Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898

Acme Combination Sink and Bath Tub, part 2, Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

$15 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $428.57 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

AN HISTORIC TUB THAT STANDS AGAINST THE WALL WHEN NOT IN USE

This bathtub stood up against the wall to save floor space when not in use. Images taken by Kristin Holt at the Murphy, Idaho Owyhee County Historical Society Museum, June 2016. This tub at the museum had no cabinet such as the options shown below.

Owyhee County, Idaho, in the south-western corner of the state, abuts the borders of Oregon and Nevada. Image: Google Maps.

Owyhee County, Idaho, in the south-western corner of the state, abuts the borders of Oregon and Nevada. Image: Google Maps. Note: Owyhee County is where historic (“ghost town”) Silver City is, a location rich in 19th century mining history. The museum focuses on the 19th century history of many such boom towns in this county high in the Rockies.


ADVENT OF SELF-CONTAINED WATER HEATERS!

I’ve toured museum houses from the late Victorian era that have metal bathtubs built into the cabinetry (such as the tub in the Flavel House Mansion) with its own water heater in the same cabinet, accessed behind a panel (for repairs or replacement). Built-in tubs weren’t alone in the marvelous new advent of self-contained water heaters that did away with lugging pans of heated water from the kitchen stove.

Mosely Water Heaters for Bath Tubs, for sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895.

The Mosely Self-Heating Folding Bath Tub and Water Heater (for Gas or Gasoline). For sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Part 1 of 5. The many benefits outlined include the ease in adding this piece of furniture to an apartment (without a true bath room), no cutting of carpet, no need to affix to wall, free-standing, easy to lower and raise. Apparently would be appropriate for a bedroom in an apartment where the luxury of a full bath is desired but a rental agreement would not allow for bolts into the wall.

The Mosely Self-Heating Folding Bath Tub and Water Heater (for Gas or Gasoline). For sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Part 2 of 4.

“GOOD.” The Mosely Self-Heating Folding Bath Tub and Water Heater (for Gas or Gasoline). For sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Part 2 of 5.

$27.60 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $788.57 in 2015

$31.59 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $902.57 in 2015

$34.50 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $985.71 in 2015

$15.69 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $448.29 in 2015

$19.79 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $565.43 in 2015

$21.68 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $619.43 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

The Mosely Self-Heating Folding Bath Tub and Water Heater (for Gas or Gasoline). For sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Part 3 of 4.

“BETTER.” The Mosely Self-Heating Folding Bath Tub and Water Heater (for Gas or Gasoline). For sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Part 3 of 5.

$33.60 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $960.00 in 2015

$37.59 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,074.00 in 2015

$40.40 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,154.29 in 2015

$20.83 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $595.14 in 2015

$25.00 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $714.29 in 2015

$27.91 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $797.43 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

The Mosely Self-Heating Folding Bath Tub and Water Heater (for Gas or Gasoline). For sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Part 4 of 4.

“BEST.” The Mosely Self-Heating Folding Bath Tub and Water Heater (for Gas or Gasoline). For sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Part 4 of 5.

$40.80 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,165.71 in 2015

$44.80 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,280.00 in 2015

$47.60 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,360.00 in 2015

$27.20 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $777.14 in 2015

$31.20 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $891.43 in 2015

$34.00 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $971.43 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

The Mosely Self-Heating Folding Bath Tub and Water Heater (for Gas or Gasoline). For sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Part 5 of 5.

“TOP-OF-THE-LINE.” The Mosely Self-Heating Folding Bath Tub and Water Heater (for Gas or Gasoline). For sale in the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog of 1895. Part 5 of 5.

$52.19 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,491.14 in 2015

$57.20 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,634.29 in 2015

$60.00 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,714.29 in 2015

$39.60 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,131.43 in 2015

$43.59 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,245.43 in 2015

$46.40 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1,325.71 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

Self-heating Folding Bath Tub. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1898.

Self-heating Folding Bath Tub. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 1898.

Self-heating bathtub, part 2, Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1898.

Self-heating bathtub, part 2, Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1898.

Self-heating bathtub, part 3, Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1898.

Self-heating bathtub, part 3, Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1898.

$25.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $714.29 in 2015

$30.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $857.14 in 2015

$33.50 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $957.14 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

Or add-ons:

Mosely Water Heater for bathtubs, Improved Model #3 for sale in the Montgomery Ward Catalog of 1895.

Mosely Water Heater for bathtubs, Improved Model #3 for sale in the Montgomery Ward Catalog of 1895.

$15.00 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $428.57 in 2015

$18.60 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $531.43 in 2015

$22.40 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $640.00 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

The Mosely Improved Water Heater, No. 5, from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

The Mosely Improved Water Heater, No. 5, from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

Mosely Improved Water Heater, Part 2.

Mosely Improved Water Heater, Part 2.

$15.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $428.57 in 2015

$18.60 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $531.43 in 2015

$20.40 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $582.86 in 2015

$22.40 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $640.00 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

SHOWER BATHS

The Shower Bath, Part 1, Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog 1898.

The Shower Bath, Part 1, Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog 1898.

The Shower Bath, Part 2.

The Shower Bath, Part 2. Note that the detailed information mentioned an “old style over-head shower”. “Showers” had been around since at least the Regency period in England.

$1.50 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $42.86 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

FADS OF BATHING

Japanese Loofah Bathing Sponges and Bath Brushes. Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1898.

Japanese Loofah Bathing Sponges and Bath Brushes. Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1898.

$0.o9 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $2.57 in 2015 (for one)

$1.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $28.57 in 2015 (for one dozen)

$0.20 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $5.71 in 2015 (for one)

$2.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $57.14 in 2015 (for one dozen)

$0.18 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $5.14 in 2015 (for one)

$2.00 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $57.14 in 2015 (for one dozen)

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

Bath Brushes in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

Bath Brushes in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

$0.18 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $5.14 in 2015

$0.05 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $1.43 in 2015 (plus 5-cents postage)

$0.38 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $10.86 in 2015

$0.06 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $1.71 in 2015 (plus 6-cents postage)

$0.45 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $12.86 in 2015

$0.07 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $2.00 in 2015 (plus 7-cents postage)

$0.25 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $7.14 in 2015

$0.06 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $1.71 in 2015 (plus 6-cents postage)

 ~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

More Bath Brushes in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

More Bath Brushes in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

$0.85 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $24.29 in 2015

$0.06 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $1.71 in 2015 (plus 6-cents postage)

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

Genuine Florida Water for scenting the bath, for sale in Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

Genuine Florida Water for scenting the bath, for sale in Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog, 1898.

$0.25 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $7.14 in 2015

$0.45 of 1898 dollars would be worth: $12.86 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

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