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Prince Albert in a Can

Prince Albert in a Can

No need to call, here you can plainly see that my father has Prince Albert in a can at his store, the De Luxe Groceteria in San Francisco. This is 1934, shortly after he opened for business. View full size.

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Tit For Tat

The photo reminds me of the grocery store in the Laurel & Hardy movie "Tit For Tat." In fact your dad looks a bit like Charlie Hall, the owner of the store in the movie.

Do you have your radio on?

Well how does it fit! But seriously folks, WHAT was only 4 cents in the basket on the counter? Even the packaging had to cost more than that. A wonderful, nostalgic picture, thank you.

Did he have pig's feet?

And if so, did he just stand close to the counter so nobody'd notice? Sadly, I will confess to pulling that "joke" on someone, a couple of eons ago.

Is your refrigerator running?

Yes? Better go catch it then.


You know, I never even GOT that joke!? Obviously, it's out of my time. What strikes me in this picture is the manly store apron that looks kind of like a bathrobe, and the plants. And in the back of the store, you can see an old, OLD telephone!

Well then

he better let him out.

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