BAGS of broken biscuits, weighed food, good service, little plastic; do you remember?
BAGS of broken biscuits, weighed food, good service, little plastic; do you remember?

Those were the days at the corner store

HOW good is your memory of when life was simpler, the corner store stocked just about everything and you knew what was going into your shopping bag?

As the world sits on edge waiting to hear what the experts will tell us about climate change at the completion of this week's United Nations Climate Action Summit, taking a gentle trip down memory lane shows just how much our day-to-day lives have changed.

We asked our Facebook friends to share some of their special memories.

Remember the corner store?

Melda - I remember going in with mum. She would hand the grocer her list and he would collect them all, occasionally suggesting an alternative that was on special. I was always amazed at how quickly he did it, writing the price next to each item on the list. He then added it up without any help from a calculator.

Anne -  In 1957 I was working in grocery shop. Everything came in bulk including cheese, bacon, potatoes, onions, flour, sugar, dates, etc. We had to weigh everything to the specified weight. The shop I worked in did not have a male worker, so we two women had to lift many a heavy sack or box. The cheddar cheese we had was far better than the soapy cheeses of today. All prices were written by hand with a crayon type pencil.no adding machine either so we had to be good at adding up.

Noela - With brown paper bags... no plastic

Barbara - And products put in paper bags not plastic bags and no plastic packaging, less processed foods.

Malcolm - Everything came in a paper bag or wrapped in butcher's paper, we were eco-friendly in those days. No packaging to speak off.

Michelle - I remember shopping with my mum back in the 50's in London and every shop from the greengrocer to the grocer to the butcher the sales person weighed the food and packaged it and nothing was in plastic!

Pamela -Even sugar was weighed into dark blue bags - ham cut off the bone too! Talking 50's, sweets weighed out in front you, good memories.

Noreen - I remember shopping with mum and she would always get a bag full of broken sweet biscuits. Used to buy Sao biscuits in a big square silver tin. When empty mum would fill them with homemade biscuits.

Sandra - We sold broken biscuits per bag.

Trish - Does anyone remember the lady serving you putting the money in the little container and sending it along the string line to the person on the end of the line for payment?

Sandra - Ours also sold dressed rabbits that were displayed on top on the counter.

John - Watched the manager pat the butter/ marg into exact amounts.

Jantie - That's when you got service

Jacqueline - Used to go to Wrenson for my mom grocery with the ration book.

No calculators

Melda - I worked in a bank during the 1960s. My boss caught me using the adding machine so used to mark out a section of telephone numbers in the book and make me add them. Eventually I could add anything.

Patricia - My dad asked me when I started using a works adding machine in 1962 if I did the calculation in my head at the same time. When I said no, he said I should to ensure I got the correct answer. He was born in the 1920s and brilliant at maths, mental arithmetic in particular. A colleague who was a few years older than dad, she also used to add up the large accounts book figures without a machine. I think that was how they were taught prior to the Second World War. Think they would be disgusted with the reliance of calculators today.

Shirley - Plenty of jobs back then no resumes.

Patricia - I worked on the sweets counter of Woolworth as a Saturday assistant when I was at college in 1960/1. Used to have to add up in our heads as customers would want a quarter lb of one sweet, half a pound of another and perhaps three quarters of a pound of another. We had to have it correct as the customers would be doing the maths in their heads too. Tills we're manual and if they had a big order would have to spread our fingers to depress the £ s d and farthing keys, at the same time in order to open the cash drawer. Loose sweets were very popular then, I suppose as people still remembered the sweet ration so they indulged with no worries about teeth etc.

Ah, those were the days. What do you remember?  


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