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Dills and Thrills: 1959

Dills and Thrills: 1959

New York, 1959. "Stanley Hyams, co-owner of Washington Pickle Works, holding two pickles in a roomful of barreled dills." Photograph by Roger Higgins for the New York World Telegram & Sun. View full size.


Oh, yum

I love pickles so much. That scenario would be my dream photo shoot...


I'm not old enough so I wouldn't know, but I wonder if these pickles stored in barrels would taste different than our store bought pickles today...
On a side note, my daughter and I could probably go through these barrels in two years, we eat one of the gallon jars within a week.

Not a Dill Moment!

"Oh, yeah, I'll double Dill ya!

Fifty years ago we still had a pickle factory in town, and it was just a few blocks from the main street; occasionally, as a ten-year-old I got to smell it and wonder about what went on inside. Today, even miles from the town center we have none of these old-style businesses; the area has been taken over by 'modern' concerns like Google Headquarters, and Yahoo!

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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