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Dime-Store Jewels: 1941

Dime-Store Jewels: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Christmas shopping. Salesgirls at Wool­worth's." Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Good Values

Ah yes, the good old days, when a guy could satisfy all the females on his gift list for under $5. Woolworth's was the best.

Inflation 2

$0.25 in December 1941 would be $3.94 in 2017 dollars.

The girl in the glasses is stunningly beautiful. The other is beautiful too.

Upstretched arm

Today that might be a dramatic gesture of stretching out a knot, or an arm that fell asleep. But I assume this gal is calling for a supervisor? (And aren't the two of them just so darn cute?)

Inflation

My wife currently sells earbobs of this vintage anywhere from $1-$40 a pair. Lots of these show up at estate sales.

Earbobs

That's what my grandmother called these. Some were hinged and some screw back. My shopping days began in the 1950s at Woolworth's. It had a particular aroma (odor?) of popcorn, nuts, and various toiletries I remember to this day.

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