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Costs of a pair of
double cotton sheets in 1940

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My father's old receipt for sheets can be used to calculate the rate of inflation for similar goods between 1940 and the present day. However, knowing my father, the sheets were probably linen rather than cotton. Man-made fibres had not yet been invented for the mass market.

The sheets were almost certainly double ones as my parents had a double bed and I was only a baby in a cot at the time.

The fact that they were sold as a pair reflects the fact that beds were always made up with a bottom sheet, a top sheet, blankets and possibly an eiderdown.

The receipt gives the following information:

1 pair of sheets £0-13-11

The costs are of course quoted in the old money.

The receipt is on professionally printed paper and the cost is handwritten. It appears that the receipt is a carbon copy, as carbon copies were always dark blue.

1940 receipt for a pair of sheets

Receipt for furniture and furnishings, 1938.

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