Langley Advance ads chock full of history

The Langley Advance at 85: Who doesn't enjoy reading ads from decades past. Here's a sampling of prices.

From advertisements in the Langley Advance. Keep in mind:The average annual wage in Canada was $8,300 in 1930 and $12,800 in 1950.



Malkins Best Coffee … 41¢/lb

McLary “Duchess” Range … $104.50

32-piece dinner service … $3.95

Black elephant leather coats … $4.95

Ladies Hi-Grade satin dresses … $5.95



Men’s work suspenders … 25¢

8” Cockshutt plow … $17

14” Cockshutt plow … $21

Westinghouse vacuum cleaner … $49.50

Dry wood … $4/cord



Golden Cup Coffee … 39¢/lb.

Royal Cup Coffee … 29¢/lb

Wild Rose pastry flour … 37¢ for 10-lb. sack

66-piece dinner set (for eight) … $11.50

Fancy 6-cup teapot … 19¢



Overalls … 90¢

Rawhide halter … $1.45

5-knife, 9” lawn mower … $7.95

Mild-cured side bacon … 24¢/lb.

Rib roast … 15¢/lb.

Men’s suit … $19.50

Flannelette sheets … $1.38 each

Children’s shoes … 88¢/pair



Japanese oranges … 60¢/box

Soup mix … 10¢/lb.

Braid’s Best Coffee … 35¢/lb.

Malkin’s Best Tea … 45¢/lb.

Robin Hood flour … $1.59 for 49-lb. sack

Bobby socks … 25¢/pair


The price of things

from advertisements in the Advance


Bib overalls … $2.50

Work shoes … $5.95

Work trousers … $2.98

Work shirts … $1.45



Leghorn chicks … $14 per 100

Dried apples … 25¢/lb.

Salada orange pekoe tea … 85¢/lb.

Wax paper … 17¢ per 100 feet



Figs … 32¢/lb.

Ritz cheese … 42¢/lb.

Texas grapefruit … 25¢ for 5

Sunkist oranges … 54¢/doz.



Beehive Baby Wool … 43¢ per ounce skein

Table oilcloth … 69¢/yd.

Diaper flannelette … $1.19 per 3 yds.

Roger’s syrup … 99¢ per 10-lb. pail



New refrigerator … $199.50

Clothes dryer … $269

30-30 Winchester rifle … $99

12-gauge double-barrel shotgun … $75

6-cup tea pot … 79¢

Floor dust mop … $1.29



Playtex Living Gloves … $1.49

Women’s sandals … $5.99

Smoked jowls … 25¢/lb.

Side bacon … 45¢/lb.

Fresh pork liver … 25¢/lb.



Coffee … 59¢/lb.

Margarine … 45¢ for 2-lb. block

Potatoes … $1.39 for 50 lbs.

Standing rib roast … 59¢/lb.

Tom turkeys … 53¢/lb.


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