A History of Shopping

For those of you who are busy doing your Christmas shopping why not have a look at Dorothy Davis’s book "A History of Shopping" (1966). Davis’s book also contains a chapter on shopping during the eighteenth century and provides interesting lists such as  "An Estimate of the Necessary Charge of a Family in the Middling Station of Life, consisting of a Man, his Wife, four Children and one Maidservant (The Station of Life of a Tradesman who sets up Business on £ 1,000, a Very Substantial Start in Life.)" (1966:209), and the weekly expenses of a saddler, who in 1775 "only earned 15 s. a week", his wife and his three children (1966:213).








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