[LMB] OT: splitting coins and hairs
Michael R N Dolbear
m.dolbear at lineone.net
Sat, 7 Dec 2002 22:41:10 -0000
> From: Anton Sherwood <bronto at pobox.com>
> Date: 07 December 2002 17:39
> and because, at the retail level, shillings seem to have been
> effectively primary in Britain until recently (WW2?): one heard prices
> of "fifty shillings" - but, hm, maybe not "forty shillings"? I dunno.
Yes forty shillings was used, but so was two pounds
Someone found a pre-1914 catalog (Army and Navy stores or Harrods) which
had a price of "fifty shillings" and on the next page "two pounds ten
shillings" was used.
My mother thought in shillings, my grandmothers in pence, but that was just
And for a real TMI story, one grandfather was reportedly able to estimate
the price of almost any retail item correctly, including ladies dresses !
So "I got such a bargain today."
"About six pounds nineteen and eleven."