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Fish To-Day: 1939

Fish To-Day: 1939

May 1939. "Negro grocery store in Laurel, Mississippi." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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What a change!

Back then, you had to wait for a special day for fish, but could always find Sure-Jell in the stores because everybody canned, along with plenty of sugar. Now you can always find fish, but you'll have to ask in most stores to find the pectin.

And I can never see a prominent status for malt and sugar without wondering whether the storekeeper is doing business not just with housewives making jellies, but also moonshiners.

Pricing

The US half cent was last minted in 1857. I wonder if anyone actually paid 12.5 cents for something at this point in time, or if you had to buy two pounds worth of salt meat minimum.

Okay, I'll bite

What the heck is Sure-Jell?

[Powdered pectin. -tterrace]

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