Food Advertisement, 1931
Indiana grocery store newspaper ad from 1931 shows the prices for a variety
of products. McIntyre residents usually shopped in their own town at the company
store or at the few local privately run businesses. Town residents frequently
complained of the high prices at the company store but, since few families had
cars, it was difficult to shop elsewhere. Many families baked their own bread,
made their own noodles and pasta, and grew and preserved vegetables and fruits
from their gardens. Frugal housewives canned not only vegetables and fruits
but also meat. A number of residents kept a cow, pig, and/or chickens on their
small lots. Children picked wild berries which their mothers baked into pies.
Advertisement: courtesy Indiana Gazette, Indiana, Pennsylvania.