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Grocery Shopping at the Jitney Jungle in 1941

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

While shopping through the grocery aisles this week, I was shocked at the current grocery prices due to inflation. Then, it made me think back to an ad I printed out from a 1941 newspaper while doing research for Songbird. I thought it would be fun to share.

Take a look at these food prices published in The Anniston Star back in 1941. A ten-pound bag of sugar was 58 cents. A head of lettuce was a mere 10 cents. Salad dressing was just 25 cents. Baltimore oysters were 33 cents a pint, and, my favorite, your “best sliced bacon” was only 33 cents a pound. Of course, if you equate these prices to today’s economy, they wouldn’t look as good, but it is still astonishing to see. If only we could go back in time and shop at the Jitney Jungle in 1941 right now!

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