Not sure if this has been posted, but interesting article about Polo Country, the brand precursor to RRL
"Old-time rocking chairs ($350 to $1,000)
Twig brooms ($85)
Rolls of mattress ticking, stone-washed denim and buffalo-check cotton ($35 to $55 a yard)
Flannel shirts ($45 to $97)
Authentic late-19th-century quilts ($575 to $825)
Hooked rugs ($350 to $1,200)
Old postcards ($2.50 each)
New socks ($9 to $16 a pair)
Shearling-lined slippers (about $100 a pair)
Sweaters in American Indian-inspired patterns ($405)
Weather vanes ($425 to $1,200)
Birdhouses ($325 to $550)
No, this isn’t a listing of prices from the latest Brooklyn Flea. These figures actually come from a 1988 New York Times article on the long forgotten “Polo Country Store” which once occupied a corner on the fourth floor of Ralph Lauren’s Rhinelander Mansion (although the article doesn’t use this name) at Madison and 72nd in New York. While Ralph might not have any interest in creating a public archive (something I’ve never been able to understand), the New York Times fortunately does, and it’s there that I came across this incredible article, which quite frankly tells more about the Polo Country brand then I’ve ever read before. Aside from the prices (which really don’t seem to have changed that much over the past two and a half decades, I mean some sweaters still do hover around the $400 mark, although you could definitely tack a 1 in front of those flannel shirt prices), there’s some pretty boastful quotes from Mr. Lauren himself, and a particularly interesting passage on the layout of the store which was inspired by the 1953 Western “Shane” and sounds like it looked very similar to a RRL store. Unfortunately, the one thing the article doesn’t have is photos, but it still provides a fascinating look at Polo Country, a brand that acted as a precursor for so much of what RL is doing today."
I'd say the price of sweaters hovers around the $500-800 range but otherwise I agree with you. (The "serape" cardigan from this past season comes to mind) I'm surprised at those prices. Seems like RRL has gone a lot down in price since it's inception as Polo Country with inflation in mind.
Have you seen the RL Vintage site that was launch last year? It has really great pics of vintage pieces and info about the brand and might satisfy some of your archival craving.