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The Happy Grocer: 1954

The Happy Grocer: 1954

Dad, in his store on W. Main, Hugo, Oklahoma, November 1954.

Hidy, Neighbor!

We have a jar of our hometowns' Best Maid pickles, shown in the foreground, in our fridge right now. (Well, a much newer jar!) The pickle factory is still in Ft. Worth, just a few hundred miles south of Hugo. Fair exchange--hope y'all continue to enjoy our pickles, we certainly enjoy southeastern OK's Italian food when we visit.

Cereals then and now

Most of the cereals on the top shelf are still available today, although 40% Bran Flakes is now called All-Bran. Guess they found the other 60%.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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