Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sepia Saturday 143 : 15 September 2012

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.

28 comments:

  1. You have completed your task in excellent fashion. And the customer at the meat counter is quite fashionable as well. The sign on the scale - No Springs Honest Weight is a nice touch. Glad you've joined Sepia Saturday.

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  2. Thanks for the welcome, Kathy. I'm glad I understood the prompt. It's a pleasure being part of Sepia Saturday!

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  3. Welcome to Sepia Saturday! I look forward to many more posts from you now that you've found us. I like the beef chart (even though it looks like an Easter bunny) - I could use one of those when I go shopping.

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    1. Thanks for the welcome, Wendy! I remember meat charts similar to that one when I used to take Home Ec in high school.

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  4. They both look entirely too overjoyed to be buying and selling meat! I know my mother never dressed like that to go shopping either. Welcome to Sepia Saturday.


    This is my 4th time trying to get past the capcha. if i don't make it this time, i quit.

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  5. Your picture is a perfect fit for this week's theme. Can't imagine going grocery shopping wearing a hat & gloves. Welcome to Sepia Saturday!

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  6. Great post Yvonne! And welcome to Sepia Saturday!

    I have to say the shopper is very well-dressed. Her hat and purse are so cute!

    And Wendy is right! The beef chart does look like an Easter Bunny!

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  7. Welcome to Sepia Saturday Yvonne and it is a very nice first post. For a minute I thought I was looking at a younger version of QE :)
    Butchers in Holland were famous for their turnover increasing remark "Do you mind if it is just a little bit more?" when weighing your order. But, I have to be fair here, they always offered kids like me a slice of home made sausage.
    I am still astonished about the lady's appearance...

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    1. It's nice of you to comment about my post, Peter! She does look a bit like a young QE, doesn't she?

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  8. The last butcher's shop closed this year in our nearest town, Now we are condemned to getting beef from the supermarket. I prefer the local farm shop where you can get individual service with a smile. Smart lady and an assiatant that smiled - would make you want to return.
    Welcome Yvonne.

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  9. As others have already said : you have understood the idea of Sepia Saturday perfectly. And can I also add my welcome to Sepia Saturday, I do hope you become a regular contributor. As one who is just about to be taken off to the supermarket by my wife, I too long for the days when shopping was a genteel and relaxing experience.

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    1. At first, I wasn't sure that I got the idea of Sepia Saturday, because I thought I had to supply my own image. Now that I see a "borrowed" image is fine, I'll probably contribute again soon!

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  10. Hi Yvonne, welcome to Sepia Saturday! We are glad to have you with us. I enjoyed your post very much. I wonder if the were so happy because this was an ad for the store and they were getting paid, lol? It makes for a great story prompt though.

    Kathy M.

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    1. Sepia Saturday certainly has a friendly and welcoming group of people, Kathy! You know, I hadn't thought of the possibility that this might be an ad for a store, lol!

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  11. Welcome to Sepia Saturday, Yvonne. What a great start in tapping into the theme. Most comments have focussed on the smart shopper, but I will put in a vote for the smiling assistant, with good eye contact, too. She could come from a "customer service" course video.

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    1. Thank you for welcoming me, ScotSue! I think you're right about the assistant; she looks almost professional, doesn't she?

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  12. Wonderfully staged shot! Wouldn't you like to see all the shots that weren't used?

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    1. I can almost here the shopper saying "Wait a moment, I need to smile more before you take the next photo!" :-)

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  13. Great shot,Yvonne! That purse is incredible -- she could probably put all her purchases in it and use it as a shopping bag...is it alligator? Anyway, welcome to Sepia Saturday! You'll find this a very welcoming group, indeed!

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    1. I wondered about how shiny the purse was and also thought it might be alligator. Thanks for the welcome, Deb!

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  14. You've chosen a great image for your first (of many I hope) posts with us. One has to wonder at someone dressing up to buy the family's meat. It has to be staged I'd say. I hope you find time to visit the other contributors and I'll put in a plug for our Facebook page too, where we have extra fun and support each other with technical issues.

    I see you have word verification switched on, Yvonne. When you visit the others you'll notice most of us have switched it off with no ill effects. Switching on comment moderation is better, as that way you get to say whether to publish or not and Blogger usually puts spam in your spam folder.

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    1. I didn't realize I had word verification switched on; I'm still fairly new at blogging, Little Nell. I'll certainly take a look at switching to comment moderation, though.

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  15. Hi Yvonne,

    I just wanted to let you know that your blog is listed on today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2012/09/follow-fridayfab-finds-for-september-21.html

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  16. Wow, that's great! Thanks, Jana; much appreciate it!

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