In 1929 Virginia Woolf said that to write women would need £500 and a room of their own. I think I recall that that is the income of the Schlegel sisters in _Howard's End_. So that was a very upper class income on which one could have servants, travel, go to concerts, have leisure to write.
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Tom Gray wrote:
> John Kenneth Galbraith was interviewed once and described his life at
> Harvard in the 1920s when he like most others was paid only a few hundred
> dollars a year (something over $300 if my memeory serves). He said that the
> salary was low even for the times but that he could afford to run a car.
In 1936, as a (rural) elementary school teacher (Life Certificate rather
than a bachelor's degree) my mother earned $55 a month (9 months). At
the time she got her degree & a new job (1943) that had increased to $90
Probably one way to get a feeling for income levels would be to look up
statistics for the pay of GS-5s in federal civil service. I assume those
figures are available someplace. (GS-5 was/?is the usual starting level
for employees with a bachelor degree.)