Prepaid Passage Contract - Hamburg to New York - 20 November 1907

Steerage Prepaid Passage Contract issued by the Hamburg America Line for passage from Hamburg, Germany to New York and a Train from New York to Ellsworth, Minnesota for a German Immigrant Family.

Steerage Prepaid Steamship Ticket Contract, German Immigrant Family - 1907

Steerage Prepaid Steamship Ticket Contract, German Immigrant Family - 1907.

Prepaid Passage Contract Summary

  • Date of Purchase / Voyage: 20 November 1907
  • Steamship Line: Hamburg America Line
  • Steamship: President Lincoln
  • Route: Hamburg (Cuxhaven) to Ellsworth, MN via New York
  • Ticket Type: Prepaid Passage Contract
  • Voyage Class: Steerage
  • Name on Contract: Heinrich Weise and Family
  • Etnicity of Passenger(s): German
  • Contract Terms: Not Stated
  • Cost of Ticket: $150.92 / $4,290.00 USD in 2020

 

Prepaid Passage Contract Details

Steerage Prepaid Passage Contract
No. S.P.T. 218821

Hamburg America Line
Express Service. Regular Service.

Date of Issue: 20 November 1907
Purchaser Name: Wil Stoterberg
Address: Ellsworth, MN

Names of Passengers | Ages
Heinrich Weise | 46
Mrs. Heinrich Weise | 40
Their Son | 6

Residence and Address of Passenger:
Schippenbeil
East - Preuseu - Germany

Booked from Hamburg
To Ellsworth MN

Ocean Passage, Steerage at $27.50 rate for Two Adults. Total $78.75
American Railroad Third Class @ 24.85 for Two Adults. Total $72.17

Total $150.92
Less Commission $8.60
Net Amount for the Company $142.32

Arrival Records for the Weise Family

  • First Name: Heinrich
  • Last Name: Weise
  • Nationality: Germany, German
  • Last Place of Residence: Schippenbeil, Germany
  • Date of Arrival: June 27th, 1908
  • Age at Arrival: 49
  • Gender: Male
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Ship of Travel: Amerika
  • Port of Departure: Cuxhaven
  • Manifest Line Number: 0003
  • Passenger ID: 101798040146
  • Frame: 282
  • Line Number: 3
  • First Name: Anna
  • Last Name: Weise
  • Nationality: Germany, German
  • Last Place of Residence: Schippenbeil, Germany
  • Date of Arrival: June 27th, 1908
  • Age at Arrival: 35
  • Gender: Female
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Ship of Travel: Amerika
  • Port of Departure: Cuxhaven
  • Manifest Line Number: 0004
  • Passenger ID: 101798040147
  • Frame: 282
  • Line Number: 4
  • First Name: Richard
  • Last Name: Weise
  • Nationality: Germany, German
  • Last Place of Residence: Schippenbeil, Germany
  • Date of Arrival: June 27th, 1908
  • Age at Arrival: 7
  • Gender: Male
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Ship of Travel: Amerika
  • Port of Departure: Cuxhaven
  • Manifest Line Number: 0005
  • Passenger ID: 101798040148
  • Frame: 282
  • Line Number: 5

 

Relative Cost of Passage Ticket in Today's Currency Value

In 2020, the relative values of $150.92 from 1907 ranges from $3,140.00 to $92,300.00.

simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say the relative value is $4,290.00. This answer is obtained by multiplying $150.92 by the percentage increase in the CPI from 1907 to 2020.

This may not be the best answer.

The best measure of the relative value over time depends on if you are interested in comparing the cost or value of a CommodityIncome or Wealth, or a Project.

If you want to compare the value of a $150.92 Commodity in 1907 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:

  • real price of that commodity is $4,290.00
  • real value in consumption of that commodity is $9,520.00
  • labor value of that commodity is $20,600.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $28,400.00 (using production worker compensation)
  • income value of that commodity is $24,300.00
  • economic share of that commodity is $92,300.00

If you want to compare the value of a $150.92 Income or Wealth , in 1907 there are five choices. In 2020 the relative:

  • real wage or real wealth value of that income or wealth is $4,290.00
  • household purchasing power value of that income or wealth is $9,520.00
  • relative labor earnings of that commodity are $20,600.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $28,400.00 (using production worker compensation)
  • relative income value of that income or wealth is $24,300.00
  • relative output value of that income or wealth is $92,300.00

If you want to compare the value of a $150.92 Project in 1907 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:

  • real cost of that project is $3,140.00
  • household cost of that project is $9,520.00
  • labor cost of that project is $20,600.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $28,400.00 (using production worker compensation)
  • relative cost of that project is $24,300.00
  • economy cost of that project is $92,300.00

Source: www.measuringworth.com Samuel H. Williamson, "Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount, 1790 to present," MeasuringWorth, 2022.

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