Old Grocery Store Ads Prices from 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas
Discovered last week in an old box of saved newspaper clippings, recipe cards and food related magazines as well as a handwritten 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!
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 in 1957 and picked up a newspaper from that city which is located on the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
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? This is what was 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!)
OnionsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 ~ 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!!!
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
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
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
5 for $1 Would Have Gotten You the Following:
Mix as you wish large 12 ounce ALL IN REUSABLE TUMBLERS
PURE GRAPE JELLY
PURE RED PLUM JAM
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 reused for drinking fruit juice or milk.
Those were also the days when one received trading stamps for grocery store purchases. 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.
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.
Additional Advertised Specials
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.
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?
Getting to Dine at 1950 Restaurant Prices!
Location of Corpus Christi in Texas
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