This is my first post for Sepia Saturday blog, where bloggers use “old images as prompts for new reflections”. (I hope I've understood the task set before me J)
|Woman in front of Retail Beef Chart.|
(Caption and photo source: Library and Archives Canada. Online MIKAN no. 4238778)
These women intrigue me. The smiling shopper, so well dressed, bejewelled and begloved (is that a word? oh well, it fits right in here), with her wide, shiny purse and fashionable hat with upturned, knotted brim. The salesclerk, wearing a clean, white uniform, is just as happy, with a broad smile. I imagine that the shopper is delighted to be buying the best possible grade of beef with her ration coupons for her family, while the clerk makes sure she gives her customer the best advice and the best cut of meat her store has to offer. Ah… the days of genteel shopping and serving the public.
I remember going with my Mom to the Red & White supermarket to buy groceries when I was a little girl, but I’m pretty certain that she didn’t get as dressed up as this shopper did. Mom would have her purse, of course, but I don’t recall her ever wearing gloves and a hat to go to the grocery store or the butcher’s. She was a careful shopper, though, making sure she’d get her money’s worth.
Copyright © 2012, Yvonne Demoskoff.