Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary Source: Business Records


This is a receipt, dated 1869, from a grocery store in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Partial Transcription:

228.4      sugar         $35.34
128.4      coffee        $25.50
1 bbl       salt             $ 4.25
1/2 box   candles       $ 4.00
1/2 box   pepper       $   .75
1/2 box   spice          $   .60
1/2 box   ginger         $   .25
2             brooms      $   .50
                      Total   $71.19

Records such as these can help us learn about the lifestyles, spending habits, and needs of people from the past.

 

Why would Mrs. Davis need to buy the things listed?

 

What does this receipt tell us about this store?

 

 

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