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The good ol’ prices of the ‘fabulous ’50s’

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Julia Castro
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July 9, 2014 | 1010 views | Post a comment

When I lived with my parents on Second Street before getting married and afterwards while Henry was in the Army, it seemed that it was the custom for men who had the time to stand at the corner in town in front of the bank and pass the time of day talking about the weather and other things that men talk about(?). Papá was one of them when he could no longer work. Others would sit at Smith Drug Store and drink coffee and talk. Now, not only men but women and children as well eat at restaurants and sit and talk at length. They probably still talk about the weather or who passed away, or other current events. With us women these days one of the main topics is the rising cost of living. Every time we go to the store, we see that prices have gone up. And it’s not only groceries, it’s everything! And on top of prices going up, the packages are getting smaller. The first item I noticed getting smaller a few years ago was a can of tuna. For tuna salad I didn’t notice it, but when I could no longer get three patties from a can, I decided to check the label. The weight has gone from 6 ounces to 4 ounces when drained. I keep cans of sardines in the pantry also. They used to pack four sardines to a can, now it’s only three! . . .

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