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Costs of redecorating a room
1938, England

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The old bill below for painting and building work can be used to calculate the rate of inflation for this type of work between 1940 and the present day. It gives the costs as follows. The costs are of course quoted in the old money.

Preparing and papering walls £2-10-0
Paper: £0-6-3
5 pieces @ 1/3 £0-6-3
16 yards at 2½d £0-3-4
5 pieces at 1/6 £0-7-6
16 yards at 2d £0-2-8
    TOTAL  £3-9-9

The receipt is on professionally printed paper and the breakdown of costs is handwritten.

Note that purchase tax had to be paid by buying a 2d stamp and signing across it to invalidate it for other use. I am not sure why some receipts and not others seem to show this stamp. Do you know?

1938 receipt for redecorating a room in a Victorian terrace house

Receipt for interior decorating.

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