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Here's a Real Blast from the Past: 1957 Woolworth's Lunch Menu
Reaganite Republican ^ | April 8, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 04/08/2011 2:57:25 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican


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:


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...




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1 posted on 04/08/2011 2:57:30 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Wow...thanks for posting this. I remember going to the movies and Woolworth’s was across the street. We’d go there for a cherry coke and fries.


2 posted on 04/08/2011 3:01:43 AM PDT by Giddyupgo
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To: Giddyupgo

They were genius... not too many could shop there long without succombing to the smells, imo that’s why the counter ran down the side of the store, not separated like Target or IKEA’s, for instance... they know what they were doing for a while, but time passed them by- I think K-Mart did them in in the 70s


3 posted on 04/08/2011 3:04:32 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
Now I have a serious hankering for an Isaly's BBQ chipped chopped ham sangwich.


4 posted on 04/08/2011 3:18:52 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Reaganite Republican

There was a Woolworth’s in Big Town mall in Mesquite. I spent many a happy moment at their counter as a kid.


5 posted on 04/08/2011 3:20:15 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: mylife

I looked at that menu and wondered, what ever happened to ham salad? Not enough ham salad these days.


6 posted on 04/08/2011 3:24:37 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Reaganite Republican
Oh... I remember very well mowing lawns for $3 and $5 dollars for a corner lot.

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7 posted on 04/08/2011 3:25:04 AM PDT by expatguy (Support "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - DONATE)
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To: mylife

I heard that Isaly’s chipped chopped ham is still available? But is it a regional brand?


8 posted on 04/08/2011 3:25:12 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Ben Franklin in Pompton Lakes, NJ, used to have a lunch counter. Well, before the fire.


9 posted on 04/08/2011 3:27:47 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: Daisyjane69; mylife

It originated in Pittsburgh... and I just found where you can get it:

http://www.isalys.com/deli-and-dairy-products/where-to-buy/


10 posted on 04/08/2011 3:29:39 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Daisyjane69

Yes, you can still get it in Ohio, Western Pa and WV.

I think it is also avail online, but not prechopped.
Its that fine fine chopped ham and BBQ that is just irresistible.


11 posted on 04/08/2011 3:31:00 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: 9YearLurker
Yeah, you never see that anymore.

Here is a menu from isalys. date unknown


12 posted on 04/08/2011 3:33:57 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: PieterCasparzen

I remember being there as a kid! My town (Gillette) had a McCrory’s with a lunch counter and those greasey cheeseburger’s with fries were the best!


13 posted on 04/08/2011 3:34:14 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Reaganite Republican; mylife

Thanks, that explains why the name sounds familiar to me. I get that whole “food from home” thing.

When I left my vacation in Cleveland to return to St. George, UT, I had a half-dozen or so packages of frozen Kahn’s All Beef hotdogs in my carry on luggage.

heh...


14 posted on 04/08/2011 3:36:35 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Yup.
I was just about to post that.

There are still a few of the old restaurants around, and I often find the ham/BBQ sauce in the local grocery’s


15 posted on 04/08/2011 3:37:27 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife

I saw it in an IGA in Ohio I know, but that link is to a list of stores, some states have it all over the place


16 posted on 04/08/2011 3:37:41 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Daisyjane69

Oh Lord! the food back there!


17 posted on 04/08/2011 3:39:17 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Daisyjane69

My mom lives there still, I had a couple Khan’s dogs not that long ago- she made her pigs in a blanket with em


18 posted on 04/08/2011 3:39:59 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I know I have bought it at Giant Eagle


19 posted on 04/08/2011 3:41:02 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife

Pimento cheese spread has disappeared too.

‘Goose liver’ is the sort of thing you’d see more in England, I think I missed it’s time here completely.


20 posted on 04/08/2011 3:42:40 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Reaganite Republican

Cool menu!


21 posted on 04/08/2011 3:57:23 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: mylife

I sure miss the food from Cleveland. In that same carry on bag, I had 8 loaves of Orlando Italian Twist bread. I am hoarding 1/2 loaf of it in my freezer.

Here is how you know you have a REALLY GOOD FRIEND:

On Christmas Eve, as I returned from our family celebration at my sister’s house, I nearly broke my neck tripping on a box that was left by the USPS on my porch.

When I raced inside to open it (from one of my best friends back in Ohio), it contained Orlando bread & rolls! Double and triple packed, without a scratch on them. I have no idea how they survived a 2,500 trip cross country without resembling pita bread.

THAT is how you know you picked out really good friends. I was in absolute hog heaven (breadwise) right through Valentine’s Day. :)


22 posted on 04/08/2011 3:58:29 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Meanwhile people scream and howl as if inflation is something new.


23 posted on 04/08/2011 3:59:39 AM PDT by Huck (Mitch Daniels is my choice among the potentials, which of course means he has no chance.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Fair warning:

If anyone wants the recipe for the tuna salad recipe that they used to sell at the Kresge lunch counter, FReepmail me.

Something tells me this is going to become a “all food all the time” thread.

If anyone knows the Kenny King’s onion ring recipe, holler! My sister and I have been looking for it for 20 years.


24 posted on 04/08/2011 4:01:11 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Reaganite Republican

When I was growing up, we went to the most famous Woolworth’s in the world. My kids read about it in school.


25 posted on 04/08/2011 4:02:32 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I also recall when prices were in this vicinity, too... back when a dollar was a dollar:

And hourly wages were about that or less. I remember making about $1.55/hour in 1971. So the average price of a Woolworth sandwich was somewhere around 40 cents. This means for a dollar/hour, you could get two and a half sandwiches, taxes not included. Now at a federal mininum wage of $7.25, you can get about 7 McDouble or McChicken sandwiches and you can do it at more locations than you ever could in 1957 and, unlike most restaurants in 1957, in many locations 24 hours/day.
26 posted on 04/08/2011 4:04:28 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: 9YearLurker

Actually I have pimento cheese in my refrigerator right now!


27 posted on 04/08/2011 4:10:29 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (hH)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I grew up in Ridgewood, NY (right on the border between Brooklyn and Queens). The “main street” in our neighborhood was Myrtle Avenue, and there was a Woolworth’s and an S.S. Kresge right next to each other; we called them the “five and ten” (”Mom I’m going to the five and ten.” “Which one?” “Kresge’s.” “OK, but be home for dinner!”). The Woolworth’s had a better diner, as I recall.


28 posted on 04/08/2011 4:11:33 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Oh, I remember the fantastic glass candy counter islands and the periodic “bong bong” signals to the staff.


29 posted on 04/08/2011 4:13:42 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: DooDahhhh

I really only had it at home growing up too—rather than out at a restaurant, but I remember it having a nice sweet-piquant flavor.


30 posted on 04/08/2011 4:15:41 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Reaganite Republican

I look back on Woolworth’s with nostalgia.


31 posted on 04/08/2011 4:27:33 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: 9YearLurker

Well, make some. All you need is some grated sharp cheddar cheese. a jar of pimento and some mayonaise. Must have spelled that wrong; got the underline thing!


32 posted on 04/08/2011 4:31:26 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (hH)
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To: 9YearLurker

Funny, I just picked up a pound of the stuff at the grocery yesterday. Incidentally, if you add up everything on that menu, it basically equals what I paid for that pound of ham salad.

Is that depressing or what.


33 posted on 04/08/2011 4:31:30 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Reaganite Republican

Each silver dime today is worth $2.85-2.90. So 30 cents is now over $8.50; 50 cents over $14; and 60 cents over $17.


34 posted on 04/08/2011 4:32:10 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: AFreeBird

You ain’t seen nothing yet, AFB- just wait till Helicopter Ben’s finished lol


35 posted on 04/08/2011 4:42:13 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: aruanan
And hourly wages were about that or less. I remember making about $1.55/hour in 1971.

You were being underpaid. In 1971, working at a Plywood Plant, which didn't pay all that well, I made $2.50 per hour, which was below the median wage at the time, but still fairly good pay. Which means I could have purchased 6 1/4 sands at .40 per for one hours wage, plus many places I knew sold hamburgers for .25 per burger which means I could have purchased 10 of them. Price to wage ratio was better back then, all the way around. I owned a house and TWO(used) cars in 1970 and my wife didn't work or need to work. In fact most of the couples I knew only had one wage earner.

Things were better and money went further. Also I remember gas being about .40 per gal then also, actually I looked it up on the internet and the median price for gas was .36 per gal.

I could buy 7 gals of gas for one hours work.

With Gas in my area at 4.10 I can now buy 4 gals of gas per hours wage and it will only get worse.

36 posted on 04/08/2011 4:49:41 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Daisyjane69

Ha ha ha

Hey, on Friday... everybody’s thinking for the weekend maybe

And I LOVED Kenny King’s- but sure don’t know the recipe for those. But I’ve ate plenty, that’s for sure DJ-


37 posted on 04/08/2011 4:55:14 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Daisyjane69

If we are talking Ohio, (I am from Medina County) I get to hankering for Troyers Trail Bologna and baby swiss cheese! Found in Amish country, these products always make the return journey home to Connecticut with me. Now, a BBQ chipped chopped ham sammitch, or pimento cheese on white is something I have not thought about for a long, long time. Thanks freepers for making me drool and my stomach rumble this early in the A.M.


38 posted on 04/08/2011 5:04:57 AM PDT by SteelCurtain_SSN720 (If you pass the rabid child, say "hammer down" for me)
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To: SteelCurtain_SSN720

You should see how I eat at Mr. Hero when my plane lands in Ohio!


39 posted on 04/08/2011 5:12:29 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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40 posted on 04/08/2011 5:21:42 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I can remember when MacDonald's add said you could buy a hamburger, fries and a coke and still get change back from your dollar. If I remember correctly the change was a quarter when you ordered a cheeseburger, slightly more if you ordered a plain hamburger.

BTW, if you do a comparative study you will discover the ratio of prices between various items haven't changed - just the inflation charged by the government critters at all levels.

41 posted on 04/08/2011 5:26:10 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL)
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To: Daisyjane69

I’m a Roman Burger man myself lol


42 posted on 04/08/2011 5:30:18 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Nip

Burger fries and a Cole was less than 50 cents.


43 posted on 04/08/2011 5:31:41 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: Reaganite Republican

You can still buy that menu with the same amount of silver as in 1957.

Back when our “change” was real silver, and not silver-painted slugs.


44 posted on 04/08/2011 5:37:14 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I call my visit back home a “ten pound trip.” LOL

Oh, how I miss the family owned corner bar/restaurants that serve meatball sandwiches, or a Friday fish fry, or Tuesday burger specials.

These things are completely foreign out west. While I love the weather here, I miss those things very much.

Oh, one more thing....there is NO SUCH THING as Italian bread here.


45 posted on 04/08/2011 5:40:01 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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There was nobody around, so I kept it... a lot of money to a kid who mowed lawns for like $3 apiece.

If you, like, mowed lawns for, like, $3 during the sixties, you like, were moving lawns, in, like, Hollywood, because like in the sixties, the minimum wage was, like .90/hour.

I really like the word like it's, like so, like descriptive, know what I mean?

46 posted on 04/08/2011 5:45:29 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Another ad from 1957:

Those were the days...
47 posted on 04/08/2011 5:50:47 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: USS Alaska
If you, like, mowed lawns for, like, $3 during the sixties, you like, were moving lawns, in, like, Hollywood, because like in the sixties, the minimum wage was, like .90/hour.

The going rate in the Philly burbs in the early 1970's was 5 bucks a lawn.

48 posted on 04/08/2011 5:51:35 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: old and tired

I did an acre of grass -but on my dad’s Ford riding mower- for 3 bucks each, so same time as pushing over an LA yard I guess

Poor moles lol


49 posted on 04/08/2011 5:53:34 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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The memories that brings back :-) I grew up in the 70's and 80's in Indiana, PA - the hometown of Jimmy Stewart. We had a Woolworth's with a lunch counter; it was the only place in town that carried the Bachmann and Ertl metal toy airplanes and I spent a lot of my defense dollars there, building up my airforce.

In a lot of ways, it was like the last clinging vestiges of a Norman Rockwell world...

50 posted on 04/08/2011 5:56:30 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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