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King of Fruits: 1926

King of Fruits: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "H.W. Fisher window. National Apple Week Assn." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Bobbing for apples

There used to be a folktale that if one was able to bite into a floating apple and hold it between their teeth for a time using no hands, that person was certain to find the partner of their dreams. I bet the space inside this window smells tantalizing with sun-kissed, snapping crisp, fresh, juicy apples. Ah, if only I had teeth!

Sorry, Second Place

I think Sanitary Grocery beats Fisher's hands down:
http://www.shorpy.com/node/4217

Too Many Weeks

The craze to label and honor every day and week is not a recent phenomenon.

Washington Post Oct 24, 1927

Too Many Weeks

Lafayette Journal and Courier: The year now has fifty-two regular weeks and 135 "national weeks." As far as the record has been checked, the month of October is to include Girl Scout Week, Management Week, National Fire Prevention Week, National Picture Week, National Apple Week and Pharmacy Week.

 
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