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Construction invoice

November 25, 1887
Ink on paper
14 x 8.5 inches

This is one of several invoices from R.H Casey Carpenter & Builder for their work constructing the Eldridge Street Synagogue. The bill is handwritten and addressed to the trustees of the congregation. Charges are separated into two sections: “To Contract,” specifying costs agreed upon in the construction contract, and “Additional” for extra work done as construction proceeded. Contracted costs include $220 for the rose window and wainscoting; among the additional expenses is $12.60 for 180 feet of pine. The invoice tells us that a daily labor rate of four dollars is charged, but the number of laborers that fee covered is not specified. One of the ways that this invoice differs from a modern one is that it lists expenses very specifically, such as the number of nails used.

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