June 8, 1940
Dear Walter W.,
Tonight I went to the broadcast of the Barn Dance WLS, which is a regular show in a theatre where one buys a ticket just like any other show. I am sending a souvenir program.
Mother does not feel well during this summer and I want to ask you and Lewis Dunbar to be careful and not worry her or displease her. It will help a great deal if you will mind her, and do not cross or argue with her.
June 8, 1940 (front)
June 8, 1940 (back)
Receipt from the Household Furniture Company in San Antonio, TX. Walter and Ina apparently bought themselves a family Christmas gift, upgrading their radio to a new Emerson C-138. $59.95 in 1936 would be just under $1,000 in 2012 money.
December 18, 1936
Apparently Walter and Ina sorted out their Depression-era finances well enough that they finally felt they could afford a little luxury. This is the receipt for a General Electric S-22 radio, which cost them $67.50. That’s $1,130.64 in today’s money, so this was like buying a good flat-screen TV for the living room.
January 27, 1932