Budgeting Your 1939 Summer Wardrobe
From the May 1939 Mademoiselle I purchased at the Alameda Point Antique Fair, here’s a little guide for budgeting your summer wardrobe in pre-war (or rather pre-US involvement) and pre-rationed America. According to the inflation calculator I used, the $147.71 that would be spent on three months of clothing in 1939 would be adjusted to $2,278.42 in 2010 prices. I suspect that like our magazines of today, they were strictly aspirational.
If you, in 2010, want to use this as a guide for your own summer wardrobe, here’s a bigger version of the summer budget file.