Only 17 shopping days left!

The cost of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including that partridge Click here to learn about third-party website links in a pear tree, is up to $87,403 this year.

Gold has risen sharply this past year, escalating the cost of “five golden rings” Click here to learn about third-party website links from $350 to $500. Swans Click here to learn about third-party website links, meanwhile, have come down in price with seven-a-swimming at $5,250. The employment situation being what it is, the 10 lords-a-leaping Click here to learn about third-party website links ($4,414); 11 pipers piping Click here to learn about third-party website links ($2,285) and twelve drummers drumming  Click here to learn about third-party website links ($2,475) earned about the same as last year. The “Christmas Price Index” Click here to learn about third-party website links is compiled each holiday season by PNC Wealth Management.

Holiday deliveryIt’s always interesting to browse old History of the Sears Catalog' on searsarchives.com" target="_blank">Sears  Click here to learn about third-party website linksor Montgomery Ward  Click here to learn about third-party website links catalogs for goods and prices from years past. Recently in our corporate Archives, I found some cash books detailing expenses of running Wells Fargo‚Äôs office in Denver Colorado in December, 1871. The staff of four there (monthly salaries of $500) recorded monthly operating expenses for coal at $16.98; gas $21.50; and blacksmithing at $18. The lads purchased a coal hod Click here to learn about third-party website links for $3.25; map for $2.50; $8.40 worth of stamps.

They also laid in a supply of pillow cases for $2.40; blankets at $3.50; and fortunately for their coworkers and customers, dutifully sent their laundry out for washing at a cost of $6.25. Other necessities for running a city Wells Fargo office that year: blacksmithing $29.95; ice $3; coal oil matches $11.60; and telegraphing $16.17.

Clearly these early Denver team members were prepared for a long holiday season. But I wonder: Why did they buy pillow cases and blankets?

And how much of that telegraph bill was to the North Pole?

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4 Responses to Only 17 shopping days left!

  1. Anonymous says:

    i’m really surprised that the blog didn’t have anything on pearl harbor rememberance day. i thought with such an important time in american history wells fargo had something to share.

  2. Alena says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Alena

  3. Anonymous says:

    I bet they used the pillows and blankets for when they were snowed in for awhile. That is real dedication!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I would like to see what that cost compares to the cost of running our shop now. Way bigger numbers.

    Blankets and Pillows were used for naps. They probably took a nap each day.

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