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In Their Own Words

March 07, 1863

Diary Entry on Inflated Civil War Prices

Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards commented in his diary on inflated prices during the Civil War:

“I have been busy enough in the store four days - trade very good. Lead pencils sell at 1.50 apiece - violin strings 1.25 - playing cards of ordinary quality 5.00 per pack. But books in general we only get double the old price, which is not enough as money is.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 557.