1934 Montgomery Ward Catalog Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nonsuch, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. nonsuch

    nonsuch Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Poy Sippi, WI
    Here is a page from the 1934 Montgomery Ward Catalog when baby chicks were only $1.90 for 25!


  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I love these old ads. Thanks for posting.

    Someone, I think it was Imp but I'm not sure, had one where they were advertising Delaware chicks as meat birds long before the current broiler hybrids took over that market. Their claim was that their Delaware chicks could hit 4 pounds at 10 weeks age. That was a good meat bird!!!

    Of course, once the broiler hybrids took over, all that breeding was lost.

    According to the site I found, gasoline was $0.10 per gallon in 1934. Something to think about when comparing these prices.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012
  3. shuss

    shuss Hatching

    Dec 21, 2012
    I bet $1.90 was probably a whole days wage back then
  4. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Songster

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    I'm going to pull some math out now, because I'm curious.

    $1.90 was the cheapest deal, but let's go with an average price, something more like $2.50 for 25 chicks. That would be $0.10 per chick in 1934. If gas was $0.10 a gallon, 1 chick = 1 gallon of gas.

    Today, my average gas prices are around $3.50 a gallon... about the same price of a hatchery chick, especially when you include shipping cost. Basically, today, 1 chick = 1 gallon of gas.

    Kind of interesting.

    Another note: if the average wage was $1.90, as shuss suggested, then the yearly wage would be $693.50.

    Pretending inflation happens proportionally across the whole spectrum of the economy (it most certainly doesn't), gas prices from 1934 to 2012 were multiplied by 35.

    Apply this to income, and you get an average yearly wage of $24,272.50... a very close estimate of the average yearly wage in the U.S.

    That means that the average daily wage in 2012 would be $66.50... enough to purchase about 25 chicks.

    Still interesting.

    (Hey look, I'm not doing chicken math anymore, I'm doing math about chickens!)

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