Did ML ever sell for 55 cents?

Scot Kamins kamins at ModernLib.com
Wed Dec 6 21:59:47 EST 2006


Barry, I found an additional advertised price -  75 cents in an  
August 1919 ad in the Dial:

http://www.modernlib.com/19AugDial.jpg


On Dec 6, 2006, at 6:27 PM, Gordon Neavill wrote:

> The ML never had a list price of 55 cents. Stores like Macy's  
> sometimes offered ML books as loss leaders, but I'm not sure this  
> happened in the Boni and Liveright period.
>
> The retail price in 1917 was 60 cents. This rose to 70 cents in  
> fall 1918, 85 cents in fall 1919, and 95 cents in May 1920. The 95- 
> cent price remained in effect until November 1946. Rapid inflation  
> followed the end of the Second World War. The price of regular ML  
> books increased to $1.10 in November 1946 and to $1.25 on April 15,  
> 1947. Booksellers were supplied with gummed price-change stickers  
> for the jacket flaps since most ML books in stores still bore the  
> old price of $1.10 or even 95 cents.
>
> Barry
>
> ---- Original message ----
>> Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 11:47:01 -0800
>> From: Scot Kamins <kamins at ModernLib.com>
>> Subject: Did ML ever sell for 55 cents?
>> To: ML ListServ <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
>>
>> Folks,
>>
>> In response to my request for more info on the 1926 gift sets, John
>> Krygier send me a gazillion ads covering the years 1917 - 1933. He
>> could only find a couple dealing with the gift set, but he found a
>> large number of really interesting ones. As I've been preparing them
>> for a major expansion of the Advertisements feature, I noticed a
>> progression of prices some of which had not previously been noted.
>> (The progression is .60, .70, .75, .85, .95) But missing is any
>> mention of a 55 cent price.
>>
>> I seem to remember seeing 55 cents at the bottom band on the DJ
>> spines of some of the earliest dust jackets. Was I too close to the
>> cleaning solvent bottle at the time, or can anybody confirm this
>> price? If so, especially helpful would be the date of the piece.
>>
>> Any other prices listed anywhere - perhaps .65, .80, or .90?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Scot Kamins
>> ....................
>> Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
>> can change the world.    Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
>>   -- Margaret Mead
>>
>>
>>
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Scot Kamins
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