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Prepaid Steamship Ticket Memorandum, American Line, 1897

This is a 1897 Memorandum (Ticket Receipt) for a Prepaid Second Cabin passage on the American Line Steamship St. Louis for Passenger R. L. Laplace. The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives also has the passenger list for the voyage this ticket was purchased for.

No. 60648

American Line

Second Cabin -- Prepaid


To be kept by Purchaser.

Date issued : August 10 1897

Names of Passengers : R. L. Laplace (Note 1)

Amount of Ocean fare : $ 49.10 (Note 2)

Am' t of Inland fare: $

Total : $ 49.10

Handwritten Notation: Issues in connection with Eastbound Ticket # 61717

Brought by: Himself

/s/ Henry Birdrall

Should the passenger refuse to come out, within the specified time for which the Certificate is available, the Company will refund the amount paid, less 10 per cent, discount, on the production of this Memorandum, together with the corresponding Certificate of passage.

Money forwarded to INTERNATIONAL NAVIGATION COMPANY, 6 Bowling Green, New York, for the use of the passenger on arrival, will be delivered on application and identification.

Henry Birdsall,


187 West Street

New York

Note 1: Passenger was on board the 2 October 1897 voyage of the Steamship St. Louis from Southampton to New York.

Relative Cost of Passage Ticket in Today's Currency Value

In 2013, the relative value of $49.10 from 1897 ranges from $1,210.00 to $50,500.00.

In 2013, the relative worth of $49.10 from 1897 is:

$1,420.00 using the Consumer Price Index
$1,210.00 using the GDP deflator
$6,580.00 using the unskilled wage
$10,800.00 using the Production Worker Compensation
$11,600.00 using the nominal GDP per capita
$50,500.00 using the relative share of GDP

Samuel H. Williamson, "Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount, 1774 to present," MeasuringWorth, 2014.

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