08 April 2011

Here's a Real Blast from the Past:
1957 Woolworth's Lunch Menu


Couple years before my time, but I sure remember eating there and similar places back in the sixties.  I also recall when prices were in this vicinity, too... back when a dollar was a dollar:


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One time when I was about twelve, just walking through the isles of Woolworth's with my buddy for what I don't remember... I found a $20 bill on the floor.

There was nobody around, so I kept it... a lot of money to a kid who mowed lawns for like $3 apiece. BUT, I insisted my friend take half, 'cuz he was there providing luck... then we spent it on 100+ packs of Topps baseball cards lol.



Woolworth Building, Manhattan
-tallest building in the world from 1913-1930


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16 comments:

Trestin said...

Those prices are a great example of what inflation has done to us.

Reaganite Republican said...

Partially the idea behind the post, enjoy your weekend Trestin

Randy-g said...

A .50 cent BLT....Hmmmm. Ok, I won't go there.

Reaganite Republican said...

I can still hit that price target at home, bro- incl. slice o' cheddar lol

paul mitchell said...

This post brings back memories from a simpler time. I teared up.

Reaganite Republican said...

I know what you mean, Paul

But keep your chin up... we still got Big Boy!

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Not before my time. We had a few places, including Woolworth's in my town. This was before fast food and the "now" generation.

Reaganite Republican said...

Was that in California or elsewhere, Odie?

Anonymous said...

I was alive then also and it would have been impossible for me to keep the $20.00. Without question I would have turned it over to the store to make it available for the owner that lost it, and who would soon be retracing his/her steps to find the large sum that for some people was about 2 days wages.

Maggie@MaggiesNotebook said...

James, God bless you for putting up with anonymous. Really, if you need to change that thingey we talked about back, it's okay.

I remember either their candy counter or maybe it was Kresses. Those "5 and dime" stores were awesome - the whole thing was like a candy store to a kid.

Reaganite Republican said...

Good for you, you anonymous coward POS

Always On Watch said...

Years ago, we used to have Woolworth's here in the D.C. area -- several of them, in fact.

Good bargains and with a place to grab a bite to eat as well.

Ah, memories.

Adrienne said...

My favorite shopping place when I was a kid. Our Woolworth's (in St. Paul, MN) had wooden floors and so the store had a certain odor of wet wood in the winter.

We usually ate a W.T. Grants Five and Dime 'cause they had a cool conveyor belt system that ran behind the counter. It brought out the orders from the kitchen and the lower portion returned the dirty dishes in bus pans. They placed a little colored poker chippy thing in front of the orders on the belt so the waitress could identify which were her orders. Each waitress had her own color.

@anonymous - why is it that the supercilious arrogant jackasses are always anonymous? Inquiring minds want to know.

Reaganite Republican said...

OMG, I forgot about Grant's!

They went belly up when I was kid, but I remember em still. Never ate there, tho... and you can still get the conveyor belt in some of the sushi places ha

Adrienne said...

I LOVED the conveyor belt!

Reaganite Republican said...

My grandmother was a real ole timer, just passed in 2009 at 100 yrs old.

Since all the store used to be the possessive form of founders' surnames -Woolworth's, Grant's, Zayre's, Hill's- she always said:

"I'm going down to K-mart's"

I always thought that mental tim trap was kind of cute- used to be Kresge's if I recall

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