A piece of the so-called good old days, courtesy of Jo Ott

Quite some time ago, I received this fun missive from longtime reader Jo Ott.

Jo was at the York County Heritage Trust last year, doing some research on a one-room school in the Dover area. She relates, “The Trust has a huge file on one-room schools in York County and it’s filled with old newspaper clippings and photos. As I finished looking at one I placed it back on the pile, upside down and began to notice the advertising on the reverse side.”

Some of what she found included:

Baby peeps? Baby chicks? What do you call these? (Photo courtesy flickr user "Ian's Shutter Habit")

  • A Kelvinator 6 c. ft., $189.95 at D. R. West, 16 E. Princess St.
  • At Acme: beef roast for 69 cents/lb.; chickens, 53  cents/lb.; chuck roast, 59  cents/lb.; ham, 55 cents/lb.; corn, 2 20-ounce cans for 29 cents
  • A new Bendix tv consolette, $299.95
  • Brown and serve rolls, 12 for 15 cents; large loaf Supreme bread, 14 cents; Valencia oranges, 39 cents a dozen
  • At Sears, $1.00 down per 100 chicks, $15.90 total cost for 100
  • Grapefruit, 3 for 29 cents; pound cake, 35 cents
  • Clinic shoes, $8.95 at Raymond F. Shive Shoe Store
  • Coffee was 79 cents a pound; 6 bottles of coke were 25 cents; 6 bottles of Pepsi were 29 cents; and #2 cans of Stokely’s peas were 2 for 35 cents.

Jo adds, “Many times the ads on the reverse side of old newspaper clippings are more fun than the clipping. Since they are clippings and not entire pages, the name of the store or the location isn’t always included. FYI and for those too young – Kelvinator was a brand of refrigerators, Bendix made many products other than TVs, including automotive brakes, Clinic shoes were worn by most nurses, many waitresses. Really, can you imagine walking into a Sears today and leaving with a box of 100 chicks!”

And, she concludes with a fun question, good to ask here in Easter’s wake. She writes, “Here’s one for your blog – What did you call baby chickens?”

Peeps? Chicks? Something else? We always just called ours chicks, but I’m curious to hear what others say!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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3 Responses to A piece of the so-called good old days, courtesy of Jo Ott

  1. Jo Ott says:

    Anyone who lived in a small town thru which passed the railroad and had trains stopping at the local station might recall seeing the boxes of peeps stacked alongside the building waiting to be picked up by a farmer. I loved going up to the railroad station in Mifflin, PA (Juniata Co.) and seeing the tiny peep heads poking out the air holes in the boxes. It was fun to try to pet them without getting pecked! I guess this is why some people, myself included, call them peeps. It’s the language they spoke and when there were hundreds of them all PEEPING at the same time it was comical to hear. Long, long time ago!

  2. Dianne says:

    We called them “peeps”. Chicks were sold as colored “peeps” at Easter (dyed in the shell), were raised in backyard chicken coops, and served up on tables when fully grown.

  3. ljr says:

    They are called chicks, a group of chickens is called a clutch, young females are pullets, and males are cockrells. A group of chicks is called a peep of chickens.

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