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Old Grocery Store Ads Prices from 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas

Updated on July 20, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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Newspaper clipping advertising the $1 sale of many items.
Newspaper clipping advertising the $1 sale of many items. | Source

A fun discovery...

Discovered last week in an old box of saved newspaper clippings, recipe cards and food related magazines as well as a hand written old journal of recipes mostly in my grandmother's handwriting, was an entire page torn out of the CORPUS CHRISTI TIMES newspaper dated Thursday, February 21, 1957 and it had to do with grocery store prices on the one side.

Obviously the recipes on the other side of this food section containing the grocery store ads would have been the "why" and "how" of it ending up in that box.

None of the recipes looked that appealing to me but the prices of the food grabbed my attention.

My how things have changed!

Vintage postcard from the Royal Palms Motel

My grandparent's favorite winter lodging for many years...
My grandparent's favorite winter lodging for many years... | Source

Written on the back of this old postcard is the following:

ROYAL PALMS MOTEL - 2800 North 10th St., McAllen, Texas.

On Texas Highway 336, 1 1/2 miles north of U.S. 83, Thirty-nine units, air conditioned, vented panel ray heat, kitchenettes, telophone in every room and television lounge. 20 minutes to Old Mexico and close to downtown center. Swimming Pool. Recommended by Duncan Hines.

Photographed and Published by Don R. Bartels, 510 N. 7th St., McAllen, Texas.

Collection of Recipes...

Many of these collected newspaper clippings and recipes originated with my maternal grandmother and then additions were made by my mother and even some of the recipes that I had given to my mother were in that same box.

There is no doubt as to which person gathered this particular newspaper clipping!

Our family had not yet moved to Texas from Wisconsin until the year 1960.

My grandparents for many years, however, had vacationed in Texas.

Annually reserved for them in McAllen at the Royal Palms Motel was cabin number 39 where they met other friends from scattered States all across America who also chose that same winter vacation spot.

When leaving McAllen they had passed through Corpus Christi while starting their homeward bound journey and picked up a newspaper from that city located on the Gulf of Mexico in 1957.

Photo of my grandparents

My grandparents who would have been the ones to pick up this 1957 newspaper in Corpus Christi, Texas.
My grandparents who would have been the ones to pick up this 1957 newspaper in Corpus Christi, Texas. | Source

Another vintage postcard where my grandmother had made notes was copyrighted so cannot be shown here.

That postcard was where they had spent the night at the Koronado Hotel Kourts in Corpus Christi and had the time to take "a drive down Ocean Drive which was most interesting. Many beautiful homes facing the ocean front which is beautifully landscaped with green lawns and palm trees galore."

That night they "watched Groucho and Dragnet" on television and planned to leave the next morning for Galveston, Texas.

Thus this record of grocery store prices from that time exists and I thought that it would be fun to share it with readers who might like to see how things have changed in the last 50+ years.

Onions

Green table onions
Green table onions | Source
Yellow onions
Yellow onions | Source

Look at these Prices!

The full page advertisement in the old yellowed newspaper was for the grocery store PAT LIMERICK & SONS ~ Limerick Foods. They had three locations in Corpus Christi and advertised "OUR 6 POINTS STORE OPEN TILL NOON SUNDAYS."

At the top of their ad it read: "THE MOSTEST OF THE BESTEST FOR THE LEASTEST." The last bit was torn off so I am assuming the last three letters of Least had the "est" on it.

Given the "Hi Chillun!" at the top of their ad, I am assuming that this was a very folksy run business.

Ready for the prices?

Highlighted and in italics will be the prices that they posted in this February 21, 1957 page of the Corpus Christi Times newspaper.

LOOK WHAT A NICKEL WILL BUY

GREEN ONIONS / BUNCH

CABBAGE, FIRM / POUND

TURNIPS & TOPS / BUNCH

COLLARD GREENS / BUNCH

RUTABAGAS / POUND

YELLOW ONIONS / POUND

LETTUCE, CRISP HEAD

(All of the above was listed at 5 cents!)

Food and Nutrition, Educational Film, 1950

Apples

Apples
Apples | Source

More Produce Prices



BANANAS ~ CENTRAL AMERICAN ~ THE BETTER KIND ~ GOLDEN RIPE / 10 cents per pound



APPLES ~ SWEET JUICY ~ ROMAN BEAUTY / 15 cents per pound



ORANGES ~ TREE RIPE NEW VALENCIAS / 5 pound bags at 23 cents

Celery

Celery
Celery | Source

CELERY ~ CALIFORNIA LARGE CRISP / each at 11 cents

EAST TEXAS YAMS ~ SERVE WITH ONE OF OUR JUICY POT ROASTS / 10 cents a pound

SPINACH / Package 19 cents

CARROTS / Cello package 5 cents

Fruit and vegetable lovers would love these kind of prices today!!!

1950s Introducing Jell-O Instant Pudding

10 cans for $1 would have purchased the following:


BEETS NEW CUT ~ Kimbell's 303 cans

NEW GREEN BEANS ~ Diamond 303 cans

BUTTER BEANS - Old Time Flavor ~ Large 303 cans

GRAPEFRUIT JUICE ~ Texsun No. 2 large

POTATOES / Kimbell's Shoestring ~ 300 size tall can

BIG STOCK UP SALE was Advertised

Just wait until you see these prices!

Included in 12 cans for only $1 were the following which could be mixed and matched:

VIENNA SAUSAGE ~ CAMPFIRE

BLACKEYED PEAS ~ with bacon / 300 size

PORK & BEANS ~ tall cans in sauce

PEAS, Early Garden ~ 300 size

HOMINY - WHITE ~ No. 300 tall cans

Canned goods

Canned Goods
Canned Goods | Source

8 cans for only $1 would have gotten you any of the following:


TOMATOES NEW ~ New Valley 303 large cans

NEW POTATOES ~ 303 large cans just heat & eat

CORN GOLDEN ~ Mayfield 303 large cans

MILK BORDENS ~ TALL CANS

SPINACH - DEL MONTE ~ Large 303 cans

Buying Food (1950)

Would you like to know what 5 for $1 would have gotten you?

Mix as you wish large 12 ounce ALL IN REUSABLE TUMBLERS...


APRICOT PRESERVES

PEACH PRESERVES

PINEAPPLE PRESERVES

PURE GRAPE JELLY

PURE RED PLUM JAM


1950's Ritz Crackers Ad

Some Memories...

Back in the days when I was a youngster most of the emptied jelly jars were then utilized as drinking glasses. My mother and grandmother made some of their own jams and jellies, so only the varieties that they did not make would have entered our homes and then have been re-used for drinking fruit juice or milk.

Those were also the days when one received trading stamps for grocery store purchases and they were faithfully put into the books and when completely filled could be traded for many articles such as dishes, toasters, electric carving knives or even ceramic statues. This just gives one a slight idea of what could be attained by saving those trading stamps. There were many choices!

I remember helping my mother lick those S & H Green Stamps and faithfully fill the pages of those books. There were the S & H Green Stamp Stores where one could go and redeem the stamps for desired household items in person or one could also order from their catalogs.

Complete sets of dishes could also be collected in bygone days by purchasing a certain dollar amount in the grocery stores. Generally one dish at a time was acquired each week when shopping. Sometimes one would have to pay a little extra to get the serving dishes that matched the dinner and salad plates as well as cups and saucers.

Dish towels were often a "prize" at no added cost in powdered detergent boxes.

Many people who grew up as I did in the 1950s will remember these things.

A 1950's Commercial for Coca-Cola (Coke)

Meats

Pork Chops
Pork Chops | Source
Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers
Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers | Source

Chef Boy-Ar-Dee commercial - 1953

Meat Prices in 1957...

CORNED BEEF with a FREE HEAD OF CABBAGE with each order was 49 cents / pound.

BEEF CHUCK ROAST was advertised at 29 cents / pound.

HAMBURGER ~ PURE MEAT NO CEREAL ADDED - THE GOOD KIND was 23 cents / pound.

FRESH WHOLE PICNIC HAM ROAST (weigh 4 to 6 pounds whole) was 29 cents / pound.

BACON ~ Tray packed "SMOKEY BRAND" was 37 cents / pound.

FRYERS ~ Big and juicy, 2 to 3 lbs. never frozen was 29 cents / pound.

STEAKS ~ CUT FOR YOU AND THE BEST EATING. THE FINEST, JUICIEST STEAKS, FOUND ANYWHERE ~ SEVEN CUT at 39 cents/ lb., SHOULDER ROUND at 43 cents/ lb., JUICY SIRLOIN at 59 cents/ lb. and RIB CHOPS were listed at 49 cents per pound.

DELICIOUS LOIN FRESH PORK ROASTS were 49 cents / pound.

PORK CHOPS ~ END CUTS at 49 cents and MID CUTS at 59 cents per pound.

LIVER ~ BABY BEEF - RICH IN VITAMINS was 23 cents / pound.

SAUSAGE ~ HOMEMADE COUNTRY STYLE, RICH AND TASTY WITH TANGY SPICES AND HICKORY SMOKE was 29 cents per pound.

Eggs

Source

Snap Crackle Pop Old Rice Krispies Commercial

1950s Kool Aid Commercial

And what about the rest of the advertised specials in this old newspaper ad?


EGGS ~ CACKLE FRESH DOZEN for 39 cents.

SUGAR ~ PURE CANE 5 pounds for 49 cents.

SHORTENING ~ JEWELL or KIMBELL'S ~ 3 pound tins were 79 cents.

COFFEE ~ Limerick's "Coffeebreak" Pure Santos ~ We grind it for you fresh ~ 79 cents lb.

OLEO ~ Glen Eden ~ 2 pounds for 43 cents.

KNOLLE'S ICE CREAM ~ 1/2 GALLON was 69 cents.

Dixie Freeze MADE BY BELL ICE CREAM COMPANY ~ HALF GALLONS were 39 cents.

FLOUR ~ Pillsbury's Best XXXX Flour ~ BEST GRADE IN PAPER BAGS ~ $1.59.

PINTO BEANS ~ 4 pounds cost 45 cents.

TIDE ~ LARGE BOX ~ each cost 30 cents.

Rice ~ RiverBrand 12 ounce package was 11 cents.

Orange Juice ~ FRESH FROZEN TREESWEET BRAND - 6 oz., 2 cans for 25 cents.

SALT ~ KIMBELL'S ~ 3 packages for 25 cents.

PUFFIN BISCUITS ~ package was 10 cents.

VERMICELLI ~ 2 Q & Q for 13 cents. (This author has no idea what Q & Q meant.)

Ladies Nylons ~ Dupont's No. 1, $1.00 Value ~ 69 cents.

CHERRIES ~ KIMBELL'S RED PIE 303 CANS were 19 cents.

Innovative contest...the winners get to dine at 1950 restaurant prices!

Wish to see other food and toiletry prices from the 1950s? Click HERE.

Tripping down Memory Lane...

Hopefully you enjoyed this journey looking back at grocery store prices from the Limerick Foods in Corpus Christi, Texas in this old newspaper page dated February 21, 1957.

I would surely like to be paying similar prices today! How about you?

And what about these old TV commericals! Did you enjoy them as much as I did?

Do you remember any of these bygone days?

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      Peggy Woods 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Those were good grocery store prices back then as well as gas prices. I guess everything is relative to what the earnings were at the time. Now many models of cars cost as much as an average home did when I was a child. Amazing to think of it in that way!

      All is well here. Hope it is the same for you.

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      These prices are amazing aren't they? I remember gas prices at 23¢ a gallon back in 1970. I can remember being able to fill one of those large brown paper bags they used to put our groceries in for $10 or less, and it included 2 or more pounds of hamburger and roasts and all manner of things. My how times have changed.

      Back in the 8th grade one of my classmates said that if things kept on as they were a hotdog would cost $5 instead of the 15¢ at the time. They're pretty close to that sometimes now and at games and special events I think they're more than $5.

      This is a great article. Really enjoyed seeing these prices that at the time probably seemed as high as the ones we must deal with now seem today.

      Sharing of course! Hope all is well at your house.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      It really is fun to run across old newspapers and see what the news of the day was as well as prices of things. Long before I ever thought of writing articles on HubPages I gave away an entire scrapbook of newspaper clippings from different newspapers regarding the JFK assassination. Wish I had kept that now.

      The stamps were fun to collect, fill the books and then redeem articles from the stores. Those were the good old days! Ha! Thanks for your comment, vote, share and pin.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I had so much fun reading this Hub! Oh yes, I remember well.....I loved the S&H Green Stamps, they were so much fun to collect.

      I was unpacking some boxes I had stored in the attic and I had lots of fun reading the newspapers I had used to wrap articles. The papers were not as old as yours here, but it was fun reading through them.

      Voted UP, shared and Pinned.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jaye,

      Yes, prices have certainly changed in not only food, but as you mentioned in things like gasoline and home prices as well. The price of a car now costs more than most homes back in the 1950s. You are also right in that we did not have all of these many recalls of food items as there seem to be today. Thanks for the votes up and the share...although you thought that I was the hub author Alastar. I like his writings also and am a fan. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dolores,

      I don't believe that the Royal Palms Motel still exists. It was spread out on quite a bit of land and that probably became more valuable for building other structures than maintaining the older buildings. It certainly was nice for its day and time. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello faythef,

      Reading these grocery store prices from 1957 surely was a trip down memory lane. Somehow it doesn't seem all that long ago. Ha! Glad to know that you liked this hub. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Ah yes...the days of the S & H trading stamps and others...guess we are broadcasting our ages to people. Ha! It was always fun redeeming the filled stamp books for items in the stores. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share. Gave me an excuse to update this hub. :)

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Wow, Alistair! Does this hub take me back in time! I do remember the prices of the late '50s, not only in the grocery store, but at the gasoline pump (a dollar's worth of gas would take you a long way back then) and when buying clothing. That's not all--the first house I bought about 1964 (a new 3-bedroom, 2 bath brick home with a large den, sitting on two acres of land) was priced at only $9,000. Sure wish I'd kept it! Ha.

      I enjoyed the trip down memory lane, although the nostalgia makes me view today's high prices (in many instances for unsafe food and inferior goods) with a jaundiced eye....

      Voted Up+++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Peggy - I loved this! It is the history of our culture, how we ate, those horrible little Chef BoyRD meals and like to believe we ate so well back in the day.

      Best of all, I loved the beautiful post card. I'd like to jump right into that picture. It would be so cool to look for that old motel. I wonder if it's still there.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      A trip down memory lane...great article.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I still have a few items around the house that I got with green stamps. The pitcher with the kool-aid face on it I once had one that looked like that. Enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Isn't it amazing how grocery prices have changed since 1957! Running across this old newspaper was rather fun...sad in another way. I don't know how large families feed their kids today unless they have enough land to plant big gardens. Thanks for your comment.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Another delightful and interesting gem from my friend Peggy. Came into the world bawling in the latter 50s so this really cool to see. Tried to figure out where the biggest discrepancy was between an item from then and today but gave up pretty quickly lol. Old man inflation is a hungry beast!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      Glad that you found this hub about grocery store prices back in the 1950's interesting. Thanks for your comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I have read about comparative price study now and then, and I always find this very interesting.

      This hub is quite an interesting read.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello dappledesigns,

      I well remember helping my mother fill in those S & H trading stamp books and then going to their stores to redeem the books for items. It was fun! It felt as though you were getting those items for free...but of course it was simply a different way of offering discounts back in those days. Glad that you enjoyed this hub and thanks for your comment.

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      dappledesigns 5 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      great hub! I love seeing the old advertisements - and although I didn't remember until I read this, I do remember my grandmother and mother collecting those stamps. I remember that they were going for those glass pots and baking pans that were tinted... not sure the brand - but one of them went with me at my first apartment :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Glad that you liked this. Don't you wish we could have the same kind of pricing for groceries today as back in 1957? Nice dream! Thanks for your comment.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Every single one of your hubs that I have read are all up to that very high standard;they never disappoint and I enjoy plus learn so much.

      Your amazing effort each and every time is greatly appreciated.

      Take care Peggy and have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello klash5,

      I think that all of us would love to be able to pay prices for groceries such as existed back in the 1950's. Thanks for your comment.

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      klash5 5 years ago

      Interesting hub, I wish the prices were still like back then.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi LadyLyell,

      Like you, I also liked the values taught in the 1950's. Those were good days.

      Things were certainly not packaged like they are today which undoubtedly adds to the prices. That...and we did not have the wide variety of things shipped from all across the globe and available in grocery stores back then. Some of this is good, and some bad. Obviously eating from one's garden or patronizing more locally grown foods are not only good for the environment, but also in most cases cost friendly. Thanks for your comment.

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      Oh for the good old days!

      I love to go down memory lane as those 1050's were innocent days, people had such high values.

      Just look at those prices? My grandmother always had a vegetable garden and fruit trees and used the produce to cook for her large family.

      I have kept an old recipe book handed down from my mother-in-law just for the laugh. The photos within are "classics" with the cook photographed in a frilly apron and let me not talk about the hairdo's!

      As for those prices you sited, I do believe we pay more for the packaging in 2012 than the contents.

      Oh for the good old days!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      My mother was a child growing up after the Great Depression of 1929 took place and learned much from her parents on how to stretch a dollar. Thus...the jelly glasses which were perfectly usable for drinking juices and milk. I think many people did that back then.

      I think that the owners of that motel where we stayed when visiting Rock City probably took it to extremes. Ha! I don't remember if you read that hub about the jelly glass... Thanks for your comment on the grocery store prices back then. Yes...wish we had similar pricing today!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Well, this was five years before I was born, but I still enjoyed immensely reading this historical hub! Wow - Look at some of these prices! 79 cents for 1 lb of freshly ground coffee, or 1/2 gallon of ice cream for 69 cents!!

      I found it interesting you were recycling the jelly jars and used them as drinking glasses. I always love when you share some of your family history with us, Peggy.

      Voted up, awesome and sharing.

      Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello SmartyPens,

      Glad that you enjoyed reading this article about prices back in 1957 at that grocery store in Corpus Christi, Texas as well as about my grandparents traveling back then. Thanks for your comment.

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      SmartyPens 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading both the prices and the nostalgia about travel in the 50s. It makes me think about the kind of times my mother lived in. Funny thing I noted: the bananas are listed about .10/lb. That is the closest in price to today's prices of all the foods listed in your article -- as low as .50/lb for bananas today. That is only about 5x the rate. I can tell you put a lot of work into this article. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tony,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed these old grocery store ads and prices from 1957 in the Corpus Christi, Texas newspaper. Old yellowed newspapers certainly capture a moment in time! Wish we could enjoy prices like this today in our grocery stores! Thanks for the comment.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      I loved this trip down memory lane! Old newspapaers often have intereseting insights into life of a bygone era. I have some cuttings dated back to the early years of WWII!

      Thanks for sharing these interesting insights and snippets of your family history - always delightful!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mom101,

      It was fun looking back at these old grocery store ad prices from 1957. Wish the prices today were like that!!! Glad that you enjoyed a look back at "the good old days."

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      mom101 6 years ago

      MFB lll, would you save me a seat on that train? If we could go, I just about guarantee the meats would be a lot more healthier too.

      Peggy w. it is so nice to remember the good ole days. thanks for a bit of fresh air.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ladyjane1,

      I agree with you! It would be wonderful if grocery store prices were similar to the ones in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1957. Corpus Christi is a lovely city! Nice to see a new face here...thanks for the comment.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Nice hub Corpus Christi is where I live...wish the prices were still that way lol Cheers.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi MFB 111,

      Ah......me too! Me too! Wouldn't it be lovely if grocery store prices were anywhere near where they were in 1957! Happy to hear that you enjoyed these ads from the Corpus Christi, Texas newspaper.

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      Ahh, if only I had a time machine to go back and enjoy those times when things were abundant and cheap. One saturday a month I would take a trip to the fifties or the forties and stock up on a a months worth of groceries all for about eigtiy to one hundred dollars. LOL~ Loved the old ads.~~~MFB III

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Springboard,

      Yes, I think we would all like to experience grocery store prices as they were in 1957 whether they were in Corpus Christi, Texas or elsewhere.

      Having been alive back then as a child I can report that not only were the times more simple but safer as well.

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      If only I could go back in time just to do a little grocery shopping.

      Great hub, and loved the way you incorporated your personal experiences into it. I often wonder about what it would have been like to have been alive during such a simpler time.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Tips,

      The grocery store prices are certainly amazing compared to today. Thanks for noticing and leaving a comment.

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      Tips 7 years ago

      Pretty amazing stuff...

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Enelle,

      Yes, along with much lower grocery store prices, I think that many people outfitted their homes with the free towels inside the detergent boxes. Times were certainly different! Glad that you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      That was a trip down memory lane! I remember shopping with my grandparents and seeing prices like these, but I think my favorite thing was the detergent with prizes LOL...too bad they don't do that anymore...I got a whole set of bathroom towels that way!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Trish_M,

      Your children are correct in that time marches on and nothing stays the same regarding prices. It is still interesting however to see the price comparisons such as this one for groceries in 1957 compared to today. Glad that you enjoyed this trip down memory lane.

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      I keep telling my children about the prices of food when I was a child, but, as they say, the value of money was completely different then.

      I do like to take a walk down Memory Lane, though, and look at old adverts, etc ~ a nice bit of nostaligia, even if I don't live in the USA :).

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings What's News,

      Yes...wouldn't it be lovely if the grocery store prices were the same today as they were in 1957! Nice thought. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DjBryle,

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello salt,

      Happy that I could supply you with these grocery store prices from 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas since you are interested in economics. I thought that most people might be interested either as a memory of times past...or as a bit of a history lesson. Thanks for the comment.

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      What's News 7 years ago

      Wish the same were true today about the price's on all these products.

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. =)

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      salt 7 years ago from australia

      wonderful, a real piece of history. Thankyou. My studies were largely in economics - so this is of great interest to me.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello lender3212000,

      I haven't been to a laundromat in many years. Wonder if 30 cents would even pay for enough laundry soap to do one load of wash now? Glad that you had fun reading these grocery prices from 1957. Certainly a step back in time! Thanks!

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      The one listing Tide at thirty cents just cracks me up! Very fun and entertaining hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      Naturally wages were proportionate back then, but I actually think one got a little more for their money with regard to groceries and other things compared to now. There was also certainly more of a personal touch as stores tended to be smaller and more people knew one another as regular customers / store owners. Even in cities there still existed more "Mom and Pop" stores than now. The mega-stores have driven most of the smaller competition out of business and one town or city looks similar to another now-a-days except for topography.

      When we travel we avoid chain restaurants and stores and like to see true regional differences. Slightly different subject.....I realize. :-)

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Hello, hello,

      Happy to have shared these grocery store prices from 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas with you. Also the memories of Green Stamps, etc. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Fun memories Peggy. Of course wages would have been paltry back then. My Dad earned around £7 a week in the late fifties and early sixties.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a wonderful hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rochelle,

      Amazing, isn't it, how prices have changed! It can't be easy for big families with many children to purchase groceries these days with health factors in mind. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      Yes...times and prices have certainly changed since the 1950's and not all proportionate to the times either. Salaries were lower, things cost less, but inflation did not take such a big bite out of each dollar.

      You probably also remember when a $20,000 house was really nice. I do! Of course as a kid, I was not concerned with prices like that at the time, but have come to appreciate what my parents had accomplished and have learned in later years about the prices paid back then.

      Thanks for your interesting comment and addition to this hub.

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Yes $20 used to buy a cartload of groceries, today you are lucky to get a sackful for a twenty. I saw celery for $1.68 the other day and could remember when we thought 35c was high.

      But, as others have pointed out, we didn't make that many nickels in 1957.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kelley,

      I LIKE that idea! And twenties would go a long way as opposed to today. OK.......let's see........just who can build that time machine?

      My grandfather LOVED gardening as a hobby and grew enough food that my mother and grandmother used to can, freeze and preserve in other ways that a $20 bill used to pay for groceries for our family of 5 easily according to stories that she told me. I believe that was weekly.

      Today one purchases very little for that amount.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Actually it was my grandparents who met in McAllen for many years reserving the same unit at the Royal Palms Motel and their friends did the same. Many of them eventually moved to McAllen because of those friendships. Thus it was my grandparents on their return trip to Wisconsin who stayed in Corpus Christi one night and who picked up this newspaper dated 1957.

      My parents AND grandparents ended up moving to McAllen in 1960. We lived a half block apart back then as opposed to next door to each other in Wisconsin.

      Loved my grandparents dearly as they were almost like a second set of parents.

      Thanks for the visit. Yes.......wish prices were like that today!!!!!!!! :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Actually while this might have been a super special "stock up sale" at that grocery store, I believe that prices back in those days were pretty much the same all over America. This is just a slice of history from Corpus Christi, Texas in 1957. It was fun finding this! Thanks for the visit.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      In 1957 I bought a year end model Chevrolet for $2500. gasoline was 25 to 32 cents a gallon. College tuition was, if I recall, about $60 a quarter or $120 a year.That's at the University of Minnesota.I've got a reprint of a 1927 Sears catlogue that shows even lower prices, for example shoes between $3 and $5.

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      Kelley Eidem 7 years ago from Panama City, FL

      Maybe we need to build a time machine and go back for a visit with a few twenties in our pockets. Whatever the cost to build it, the machine would pay for itself pretty quickly. ;-)

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Love this! Ok, so it was a year before my birth.. so I marked "I was born too late.." LOLOL!

      I used to work with a gal that had a poster that read "I once dreamed of making the salary I'm now starving on!" That's what these prices brought to mind. They seem really cheap.. but wages were so much lower, and many families were single wage earners. In my family, my dad went to college till I was 8, and both parents had full time jobs.

      The thing that really tugged my heart, was your parents having a place they, and friends from all over the country, met to vacation together for many, many years. I would love to have that!! Thanks Peggy for a saunter down memory lane!

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      Cheryl 7 years ago

      So incredible. I believe those were the best prices known in history.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kelley,

      I'm afraid that you are correct. We will undoubtedly never again see grocery prices as found in 1957, but hopefully inflation will never spiral out of control as in many countries so as to make our money almost worthless.

      As to how to correct the problem with the Federal Reserve...it would take some strong action on the part of Congress to change some laws. Do they have the will or where-with-all to accomplish things like that? Good question!

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Kelley Eidem 7 years ago from Panama City, FL

      Tomatoes at Publix, a southeastern chain, are as high as $5.99 a pound this week.

      These high prices are due in part to the privately owned Federal Reserve. Although the Constitution specifically says all money will come directly from the gov't, it no longer does.

      All our money is lent to us by the private central bankers. It's like having a permanent credit card balance with interest owed. Over time, it devours the value of the dollar, as your fine hub page amply demonstrates.