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Candy Girls: 1922

Candy Girls: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Benj. Franklin candy store, 13th Street N.W., interior." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Ma? Meh.

No wonder this store went bankrupt. If they advertised candy as "the same that Mother would make" at home, then I'm taking my sweet tooth to a place where they actually know how to make candy.

They're really...


Did the "Heat" do them in?

Is that gent by the window on a telephone? Old time candy stores often served as a front for a bookie operation. Those oscillating fans couldn't protect the goods from the brutal heat of a D.C. summer. Three thousand pounds of leftover coconut? My Mother worked in the Sander's candy factory in Detroit, Michigan for a spell in late 1930's. She was told she could eat all the candy she wanted as she worked. After the first day she had her fill.

All in the Family

The two center women have the same nose and head shape.
I think this is a mother, father (in the back) and their two daughters.
I also think this is not what those two sisters wanted to be doing on their summer vacation. That accounts for their "are you done yet" teen-aged glares.

What I want is

To be locked up in this place overnight with a half gallon of cold milk. They would find me the next morning on the floor lying on my back, distended belly with an empty milk container, chocolate all over my face and mumbling incoherently.

Those "Candy Girls"

look shell-shocked. Was is something in the candy? The working hours? The fact that they were forced to pose forever while the photographer did his thing?

The "clock"

Cover plate for a stovepipe hole.

Have a gloria roll and make yourself at home

It looks like they've set up shop in somebody's living room. There's even a coat hanging over the doorknob.

While You Were Away

1922 Advertisement

"Benj." Franklin Candies

Pays Us a Visit and Sample our Famous

Why is everybody talking about "Benj." Franklin Candies? Because we believe our candy is the finest and purest in the city of Washington; our candy is all home-made — made the same as Mother would make it in the kitchen at home. A trial will convince you of its superiority. Remember the Address — 517 Thirteenth Street — Opposite Palace Theater.

Branches: Baltimore, Richmond, Dayton, Fairmont, Morgantown, Wheeling.


Update: Don't wait! It won't be here long!

1923 Advertisement


Why do visions of candy on conveyor belts and Lucille Ball go through my head while looking at this picture?

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