14 thoughts on “City Hall, 1950

  1. Those cakes do look good, indeed! Today, it might be carrot and celery sticks and perhaps some orange slices. (He said tongue in cheek!)

  2. And yet…despite the food selection, no one appears obese. For that matter,

    I don’t recall folks running and biking around the neighborhood or buying time or trainers at ‘fitness’ centers.

  3. horseshoe over the door at right. maybe that’s portland’s problem – is the horseshoe no longer there, or maybe turned the wrong way?

    and while no-one is fat, those guys on the right sure look worried the man at the counter isn’t gonna leave any cake for them…

  4. I think the reason people were less fat is that in those days everyone smoked cigarettes. I watched my parents and their generation get huge when they quit.

  5. That fat Santa on the big table — I still have one like that. Ir’s made of paper mache, not plastic. Had it all my life and get it out every Christmas. It’s probably considered an antique now — just like me! Man, those cakes do look good. Merry Christmahannukwaanza everybody!

  6. Merry Christmas, to you, too! I recall when the St Johns’ branch of US Bank had baskets full of large, beautifully iced & decorated Gingerbread Santas wrapped in cellophane at every counter. I think they contained a hint of anise in them, too. No digital currency either…silver coins that had a delightful ring to them when counted, and silver certificates that could be exchanged for the ‘real item’.

  7. Folks in the 1950’s weren’t as obese by and large but that doesn’t mean they were “healthy” or eating healthy. Meat production was healthier and there were still family farms around that were diverse. People were more active for the most part. Also, high fructose corn syrup wasn’t added to everything (Corn=C4 carbohydrate harder to burn of those calories that C3); also portion sizes at restaurants weren’t so outrageous back then; and fast food wasn’t as prevalent, yet.

  8. Calendar on wall from Rouse Lockers. 1950, few homes had freezers other than a 1 cu. ft. in their refrigerator and Rouse Lockers, on S. E. Powell, was a large warehouse where people rented freezer space of various sizes for storing large purchases. I made many trips there with my father and froze my feet each and every time.

  9. There was such a frozen locker rental out on N Fessenden in the late 40’s – early 50’s. I made one memorable trip there with my grandfather on a very hot summer day in my bare feet. I can’t imagine why grandpa didn’t notice until I was screaming in pain in the walk-in! I followed him like a shadow. I would even eat sardines & crackers and drink coffee with him when I was three, until my grandmother put a stop to it. As to the C-4 reference about corn syrup. The ethanol refineries in ND sell the bi-product, distillers grain, to vodka distillers. We not only eat it, we drink it.

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