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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Again we have a variety of smoker's accessories, some quite decorative, with descriptive text. These date late 1920s-30s. From USA wholesalers for five and dime retail outlets, such as Woolworth's.

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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 3 years ago
      #3303, monk with receptacles for various objects would be a delight to have on my desk or dresser!
      Love those prices and postage fees!
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      This is "five & dime" stuff. Multiply that by the 10+ to figure in the devaluation of the U.S. $, and that's really expensive for the period. Now, "sponge holders"? What were the sponges for ? Rolling papers ? Cigars ?
    3. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      That's right bobby725, the FIGURAL humidor meant to keep loose tobacco, or cigarettes and cigars, a small sponge would fit in the lid and leave it moist with water to keep the tobacco from drying.

      It is also strange that they would have open containers for the same stuff, probably meant to be smoked right away for a crowd, as it would dry up fast, like when we kept our new carton of cigarettes in the fridge.

      BB, five and dime does not mean everything was dirt cheap, I'm sure you had both in the store, decorative humidors like these were more expensive. Xmas time was the novelty and more fun items to buy as gift, and the store stock catered to that.

      We see this in the Butler Brothers catalog series, and their own chains of five & dime stores in the USA called BEN FRANKLIN STORES:
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Never heard of that store chain.
    5. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      BB before your time.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Must be a r-e-a-l long time ago then !
    7. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      Those first two ads are hard to believe. The average wage in the 20' & 30's was less than $18 a week. Prices in the second two photo's are more believable.
    8. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      BB2 Ben Franklin didn't go bankrupt and close until the late 1990's after 60+ years in business. They weren't in every state but most of them. They were dumpy stores as well as poor quality discounters.
    9. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      had a woolswoth store in my town used to eat burgers and shakes while mom shop their ...all gone
      Ben Frankin stores are still here in NH today mostly arts and crafts ...nice stores..
    10. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      Roycroftbooksfromme1 All the old Ben Franklin stores were converted to arts and crafts type stores after their bankruptcy. Some of them are now Michael's stores also. I used to go to both the Woolworth and Ben Franklin in Nashua, New Hampshire when I was working over there. Keene, NH had a Woolworth but I don't remember Ben being there.
    11. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      would know abot kneen, mybe my wife might know she grew up around ther and hilsboro..?/
    12. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      oops posted the wrong frankin
      need new batterys in ket boad keep losing font here
    13. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      here's a bunch of stores that went by the by in my life ..missing A & P. Zarey's and a few others you might of seen go by in your likfe time smiling
    14. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      TOD ...smiling you might like this ,,,later
    15. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      fhrjr - would per doz? Make a difference as far as value, per dozen, divide by 12 for one as per price quoted, top right of description.

      BB - each store was a franchise run by different people, your area might not have had one for very long after 1931, was my point, if they did have one.
      "In 1931, they initiated the first American retail franchise business with two ‘five and dime’ store chains: Ben Franklin (2,600 stores in 1936) and Federated (1,400 stores)"
      "The Chicago Tribune newspaper wrote an article about BB’s affairs in 1960, after six years of being purchased and re-purchased to finally become part of the City Products Corporation. BB executives explained the difficulties in dealing with so many facets of merchandising within one enterprise as it grew in complexity. The article also confirmed that BB was always the merchandiser for all of it’s retail establishments."
      McClurg as a wholesaler, seems to have been a better quality type of goods, based on the many ads I have from them.
    16. truthordare truthordare, 3 years ago
      We had a Woolworth store in a prime location on the corner of a busy intersection downtown Toronto. They had a lunch counter, and a huge space for all the doo dads on tables with sections they were selling. I used to work across the street during early 1990s.

      I have a photo of an older store and it's interesting to see the back shelves on the wall, with more elaborate type decorative items, I think.

      Thanks everybody for your input. This type of post sure jogs your memory and nostalgia.
    17. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      TOD ..nice pic ... love the story that go's with it ....our store was pretty big .. you could enter it from either parrel streets the building was on ....but bigger isnt always better.. smiling
      fhrjr2 my wifes uncle said there was a ben franklins 5 & 10 in Newport.. he own the shop and shave at one end of town and a other store under his name In Hilsboro wear they all lived ... all the kids worked at the store, as well as my wife..later
    18. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Ah, per doz.. Missed that. Remember Woolworths & the soda counter.

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