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Old 10-31-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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Default *RE: GOLDENROD/LEE LINE photos*

Keith & Steamboating colleagues:
Again, thanks to Keith for the fine photos including the great LEE LINE broadside advertising their then week steamboat 'trip' for $14 & $7 one way. That a dandy for sure. The steamboat forensics in finding it a great story.

Keith, I looked closely finding no boat name on the poster. This could mean any boat they had running on that route, correct? I consulted several U.S. dollar [$] conversion charts to compare the dollar value then compared to the year 2011. Stabbing in the dark, I picked the year 1900 to begin. The conversion rate--give or take from various sources--came up here on/around $375. This comparing the wage rate for a working individual yearly. Still a bargain in 2011 but not a small amount then. Food for thought. I then pulled my old GREENE LINE STEAMERS bill for a 1962 R/T ten day 'trip' on the DELTA QUEEN finding my outside cabin No. 115 [Double berth, sink only, chamber pot under the bottom berth] fare was $148 with 'meals, berth etc.' The GREENE LINE office prorated the fare as Mickey Frye and I graduated from high school here in Cincinnati meeting the DQ in Portsmouth, OH early the next day arriving by the N&W Railroad to board. What a shock then to now with the current price index coming in for the year 2011 at $1,070. Values vary according to conversion. Thanks again!

R. Dale Flick
Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.
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