Fw: [S-R] Cost of ticket to America
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From: Michael Mojher
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [S-R] Cost of ticket to America
From "Round-Trip to America: The immigrants Return to Europe, 1880-1930 by
"Sharp variations in fares became the rule. The sixteen and seventeen
day trip from Naples to New York cost $15 for steerage in 1880, $25 in 1881,
$24 in 1888, $28 in 1899, and $25 in 1907;" "...Norddeutscher Lloyd reported
a steerage rate to New York of $36.50 - $38.50 from the port of Bremen,..."
"There were other expenses, too; in 1912, however, the total cost for an
Italian, Slav or Hungarian was only $40. Probably $30 was the average fare
for most of the period." "The U.S. consul in Dusseldorf (Germany) pointed to
the $25 fare from his district in 1888 and agreed that it put emigration
'within the means of the poorest classes to emigrate.' "
From: Judy Hogel
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 10:36 AM
Subject: RE: [S-R] Cost of ticket to America
Peter and Jerry,
for taking the time to respond to my questions.
I continue to work on this and your information was helpful.
For other SR
members wondering about these kinds of things, SR member, Jerry, privately
me information about the Merika
website. It contained lots of valuable
discovered another website that has been very helpful. The Gjenvick-Gjønvik
Archives at http://www.gjenvick.com/ has copies of actual
ship brochures and passenger tickets, including terms of the agreement. I
was able to view several tickets for
passage from England to N.Y. around the time of my interest. The tickets
provided costs for rail and ship
transport. The web site also provides a computation of the stated cost of
tickets at the time of purchase to a 2009 U.S. dollar amount. That is part
of the information I was looking
for. Even though these costs are
calculated from England, it gives me a basis for comparison of what I was
calculating for the 82 rubles from Libau.
I am still
working on how these costs fit into the per capita income in the immigrants’
countries and/or what they might have earned once they arrived in America.
From what I see now, I wonder how they ever
managed to pull together enough money to immigrate, let alone go back and
several times as many of them did.
I have most
of the “facts” for my relatives, but am now trying to put it together with
background information so that I don’t just have a list of names and dates.
for your suggestions.
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> From: htcstech@...
> Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 00:50:41 +1000
> Subject: Re: [S-R] Cost of ticket to America
> I did find that a pre Russian revolution (1917) ruble was worth 2.66
> That makes the cost in francs: 82 x 2.66 = 218 for the trip.
> On 1 September 2011 23:29, Frank R Plichta
> > **
> > Judy,
> > Check out the historical currenty exchange rates online.
> > I experienced the same question on my grandfather's journey to America.
> > Since I have in my possession his ship's ticket, I was able to convert
> > his
> > price paid of 944 French Francs in 1920 to US dollars at the 1920
> > exchange
> > rate which equaled $115.40.
> > Check out the site: Historical exchange rate data for 1919-1939, Norges
> > Bank, Oslo Stock Exchange, Table A2, July 1920 where US$ 6.050 equals
> > FRF
> > 49.50.
> > Sorry that I do not have the web site only the reference.
> > This will give you a place to start looking.
> > Frank
> > "Searching the world for PLICHTAs"
> > _____
> > From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com]
> > On
> > Behalf Of Judy
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:02 PM
> > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> > Subject: [S-R] Cost of ticket to America
> > I came across an excerpt from V. K. Rackauskas' 1914 book Lithuanians in
> > America in which he gave cost figures for steerage tickets from Libau to
> > New
> > York, Philadelphia, Boston and Quebec. He states that a Libau to New
> > York
> > ticket would have been 82 rubles at that time.
> > I was wondering what that would have translated to in U. S. dollars
> > (1914
> > and current) and how the cost would have related to a common person's
> > income
> > (European & U. S.) around 1914.
> > How long would it have taken an immigrant to earn enough money over and
> > above the amount necessary to provide for the family's current living
> > expenses so that they could purchase a ticket?
> > Would children travel free or at a reduced cost?
> > Is there a SR member who could provide an explanation?
> > Judy
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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