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The Invisible Hand: 1942

The Invisible Hand: 1942

November 1942. "At the Central Market in Lancaster, Pennsylvania." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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The oldest continuously run market

in the states was begun in 1730! The "Red Rose"city of Lancaster PA was designed around it. This building being erected in 1889, was dedicated in 1995 as one of the "Great Public Places" in America. You can learn more here;

At the root off the matter

SOO many root vegetables on the counter ... I see turnips, onions, potatoes, maybe a couple of radishes, a swede or so. And ... a couple of sweet potatoes?

The dairy counter seems to be in the background, with blocks of cheese, a whole chicken to roast, and baskets of eggs.

And our unhanded customer has dressed for the occasion, in her good coat with the decorative stitching and lapel brooch.

And today

Notice the same windows in the background.

The Paper Pail

On Nov. 13, 1894, in Chicago, the inventor Frederick Weeks Wilcox patented a version of what he called a “paper pail,” which was a single piece of paper, creased into segments and folded into a (more or less) leakproof container secured with a dainty wire handle on top. The supportive folds on the outside, fastened with that same wire, created a flat interior surface over which food could slide smoothly onto a plate.

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