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Meat Market: 1920

Meat Market: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Frank Kidwell, front." Kidwell's Market on Pennsylvania Avenue, home of "strictly fresh eggs" and choice hare cuts. Mold-encrusted National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Even today I'll buy unrefrigerated meat, so long as it's "Meat Priced Right."

The "good old days"

I have and new and deeper appreciation for the FDA and my local supermarket chain.

"Not one day -- every day"

Cool, you can see the photographer (or his camera anyway) reflected in the window. Just below the "25c pork loins" sign.

I bet nowadays if you tried to hang dead rabbits outside your shop, the police would arrest you and you'd be on the evening news. And yet in those days it was normal. I wouldn't be too enthused about renting a room above the place, though, the smell probably wasn't all that nice.


I cannot recall the last time I saw potatoes quoted as a price per peck!

A wild guess

Are those beets in the window? They appear to be too dark to be potatoes. Apples are outside in a bin.

[Oranges. - Dave]

Something you won't see today

A fine husk of hares hanging outside the butcher shop.

A pound of lard goes a long way. Great-Grammy would make at least four crumbly pie crusts from one pound.


How come lard cost more than steak?

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