This week's Sepia Saturday theme has to do with folks shopping in a store, with one clerk busy restocking things. I was pretty excited about this week, because I have these two pictures of my Dad when he was a store manager in the early 1960's. These were either taken in Albany, Oregon or in Sweet Home.
All those light bulbs stacked like that look like an accident waiting to happen, Ralph! I think that is a kick that Mr. MaGoo was a spokesperson for G.E. Light Bulbs back then. There is a sign on top that says, "DON'T MCGOOF! DON'T RUN OUT OF G.E. LIGHTBULBS!" and the bag below says, "TAKE HOME A BAGFUL"
Another thing that I find very interesting about this picture is how much space that the steak sauce and soy sauce were allowed on the shelves behind Dad. On the other side of the light bulbs, there is a huge display of carmel corn.
In the back room, Dad is being silly. Sitting atop boxes of bananas and leaning against some onions, he is holding a bottle of cheap wine. It has a screw top, and if I'm not mistaken it sure does look like Boone's Farm brand.
I remember being proud and fascinated when I would go to work with Dad when the stores were closed. Supermarkets used to be closed on Sundays, and somebody would need to go in and water the produce. It didn't take long, but it was a crucial job. Dad would stick his fingers into the sliding automatic entrance doors and push them in opposite directions. That is how we got inside when the store was closed. That was store security back then. I remember thinking, well, anybody could break into this store, even me!
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~ Kathy M.
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