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Potatoes, Corn, Apples: 1917

Potatoes, Corn, Apples: 1917

Our second look at this Washington, D.C., produce market in 1917. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Library of Congress. View full size.


The Farmers' Market

Started up in mid-July in our neighborhood. Carrots, cucumbers, peas in the pod, potatoes and all the regular vegetables were available. We could even buy honey in the comb! At the end of summer, the McIntosh apples came in. We could buy a whole bushel basket for a buck!

They were ungraded as to size, but they were FRESH! Not like the mushy ones in the supermarket of today; these were ripe and hard as a rock!

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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