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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Apples and Oranges: 1943

Apples and Oranges: 1943

New York, May 1943. "Pushcart fruit vendor at the Fulton Fish Market." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Price of Apples

Interesting how produce prices between 1943 and now have stayed constant. According to the Federal Reserve online inflation calculator: six cents (the price of a Macintosh apple shown in this photo) in 1943 would be equivalent to 81 cents in 2012. Yesterday I purchased some Macintosh apples in Madison, Wisconsin, and they cost me 83 cents each.

California?

The Macintosh apple comes from eastern climes. It was originally a Canadian product. And it' ain't "sweet" neither.

re: Buildings

From left to right:

First National Bank of NY building
Cities Service building
Chase National Bank building
Consolidated Edison Steam Plant (building heat)
American Sugar Refiners building

55 years ago I had a view of all from my bedroom in Brooklyn Heights.

Flo and her mother

Were quite the tomatoes.

Buildings

Alright all you NYC experts, please name the buildings in the background. I could guess at it, but I'm sure many viewers can nail it the first time.

May-October Vending

I know that even back then they performed miracles of agriculture in Imperial Valley, but somehow I doubt they were picking apples in May. It's a very safe bet this picture was taken round about October.

 
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