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Jun 25, 2021

In this episode Sherry and Marshall explore the cost of goods on the frontier. They'll share some comparisons of today's money versus the value of the dollar in the 1800s. They'll discuss how much people earned, what is cost to run a Kansas farm, mail-order catalogs, and the amount it cost to shop for every day items.

This show's lagniappe is:


Escalloped Tomatoes

Serves 4


1 pint fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground black

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon sugar

½ pint bread crumbs, grated


Mix tomatoes, salt, and pepper, sugar, and two tablespoons of the butter and pour into a baking dish. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the mixture and drizzle with the remaining butter. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


Recipe Courtesy of Kansas City Times, 1895


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To learn more about Sherry and her books, visit her website

To learn more about Marshal and his work, visit his website.


Experience History: 

Check out these links to read about historical money, a Montgomery Ward catalog, and Sears houses


Next Episode: 

Those B-Western Movies