Monday, January 19, 2009

Do You Remember Woolworth’s?

I Sure Do!
I remember going downtown to Knoxville with my Mother when I was a small boy. We rode the bus to get into town. I always wanted to sit at the back of the bus. But I could not sit there, it was reserved for the blacks. To me it looked like the best seats on the bus.

When we got to town, we always went to Woolworth’s. It was one of the best places to go. I always went to the toys and looked. I remember looking carefully at each toy to see if it said “Made in Japan”. I knew if it said that, that it would be junk, and I would not buy it. Now days, if it says “Made in Japan” it generally means the highest quality.

I also remember segregated rest rooms and water fountains at Woolworth’s. Even as a small boy, that that did not seem right to me. We have come a long way in this country. This week we will be inaugurating our first black president, Barack Obama. God Bless America!

We usually ate lunch at the Woolworth lunch counter. And, I have something very special to share with you. It’s a copy of a 1950’s sandwich menu from Woolworth’s. (Thanks to our good friends Faye and Charlie in Owensboro, KY for sending it to me.)

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Yes, a king size coke was 10 cents and a piece of pie was only 15 cents. This was fast food in the early 1950’s.

 
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Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
We are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

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Quote of the Day
Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.
~Astrid Alauda

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Joke of the Day

A fisherman from the city was out fishing on a lake in a small boat. He noticed another man in a small boat open his tackle box and take out a mirror. Being curious the man rowed over and asked, "What is the mirror for?"

"That's my secret way to catch fish," said the other man. "Shine the mirror on the top of the water. The fish notice the spot of sun on the water above and they swim to the surface. Then I just reach down and net them and pull them into the boat."

"Wow! Does that really work?"

"You bet it does."

"Would you be interested in selling that mirror? I'll give you $30 for it."

"Well, okay."

After the money was transferred, the city fisherman asked, "By the way, how many fish have you caught this week?"

"You're the sixth," he said.


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

JIM IT IS GOOD TO SEE THE WOOLWORTHS MENU. I REMEMBER THEY HAD A COUNTER WITH STOOLS ALL ALONG FOR CUSTOMERS TO SIT RIGHT AT THE COUNTER. I DON'T REMEMBEER IF THEY HAD TABLES BUT I DON'T THINK SO. LOVE, MLW

a corgi said...

I do remember Woolworth's! and I remember having lunch at the lunch counter; it was such a treat for us. I also remember my mom being careful with what she chose to buy on the menu so we could get our favorites and she wanted to keep it with her budget

great memories; thanks for them this morning

betty