Pose a Problem Circa 1920
This boy and girl have measured the room. They find it to be 24 ft. long and 18 ft. wide. They know that the carpet which their mother bought has a pattern 1 yd. long, that the carpet is 27 in. wide, and that it costs 70 cents a yard, but can be bought at 10% discount. Their mother has $125 in the bank. Now make up a good practical problem and solve it.
Source: Hoyt & Peet's Everyday Arithmetic Advanced Book, 1920s