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Old POCO Letter #198815
02/05/11 01:02 AM
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This is a letter a friend of mine found in his grandfather's papers. His grandfather was subbed out by by the power company to install the "New" Wiring jobs in a house. If you look at the date at the top of the letter, I believe it was dated 3/2/1916, and I guess they were sending out these letters to everyone that they could in order to get them to wire up their houses. Enjoy

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Re: Old POCO Letter [Re: Admin] #198820
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A 5 room house for $12.50, I will take it!! Always neat to see stuff like this, thanks for posting it.


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Re: Old POCO Letter [Re: Admin] #198831
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Manual typing too! Couldn't just churn out a thousand on the computer then.

Re: Old POCO Letter [Re: Admin] #198851
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Can't determine if "JPW" wants 2000 or 20,000 copies. Postage back then was .02 for a normal letter, and .01 for a post card. So the advertizing cost for the direct mail was probably between .08 and .12 total.

Nice find Harold!!


John
Re: Old POCO Letter [Re: HotLine1] #198854
02/05/11 11:41 PM
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I think we have a printed ad with similar pricing.

If I find it I'll post it here.

Bill
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Re: Old POCO Letter [Re: Admin] #198856
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Found some...

A little Pricier though... smile

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Re: Old POCO Letter [Re: Admin] #198880
02/06/11 09:15 PM
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I suppose they didn't type each letter - more likely they typed it onto a sheet of wax or special carbon copy paper and made a bunch of prints (some systems could produce up to 500 copies from one original I think).

It would be interesting to put those prices into perspective - what did an average worker make per week back then? If he made say $3/week, wiring a house was still quite expensive for him!

Re: Old POCO Letter [Re: Admin] #198902
02/07/11 06:52 PM
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Lights were much nicer looking then, too. smile

Re: Old POCO Letter [Re: PAteenlectrician] #198904
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According to this calculator (http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi)

$12.50 in 1916 is approximately $250 today.

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I'll take that!

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