Urban Archeologist: Penny Candy for Your Thoughts?

The candy store has changed since 1922, or maybe not.

When it comes to Urban Archeology, age has nothing to do with it. This is a hobby for young and not-so-young. I don’t consider myself to be very old, but that has more to do with the Peter Pan Syndrome I suffer from (read: I won’t grow up). However, I did have the opportunity to spend summers in the vicinity of a penny candy store.

It may have been a nostalgic throw back for the storeowners because penny candy wasn’t all they sold. I do remember a sea of fish bowls some with familiar candy and some with the most mysterious candy I’ve never seen since. It was still a dream, both for me with a pocket full of change, and my dentist with kids to put through college.

When I found a catalog from the 1920s in a New Milford junk shop, I never guessed it would rattle my sweet tooth. I also never guessed that there were so many confections that have come and stayed and some that never lasted.

Take a look at some of the pages scanned from the catalog, or watch the video and see if you can recall ever seeing some of the discontinued candy that might still be interesting to try today. Would you care for a clove-flavored Life Saver? Or how about an “Oh Henry” relative, the candy bar that claims to be his little sister “Oh Mabel?”

After watching the video, fast forward to the 1960s and see if you can guess the candy in this ad quiz No. 19.

Greg Van Antwerp is a Brookfield resident and blogger, who can be found on the weekends in search of a good “dig” or a good story.  You can read more about his adventures by visiting his blog.


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mike murphy July 05, 2012 at 07:03 PM
i was brought up in the north bronx during the 50s and our nearest candy store was the drug store around the corner. the real candy store was on Dyre Ave. it was really a luncheonette, but you could buy everything from a 5cent candy bar to a quarter hamburger and a 30 cent malt, a milk shake was a quarter. i worked there starting at the age of 11 or 12 putting together the Sunday papers. there were 7 or 8 papers at that time and differant sections started coming in on Monday. i remember there were 4 editions of the Daily News a day this 1st edition coming out around 8pm the night before. there were 3 sizes of Coca Cola 3-5and 8 cents and of course the famous green coke bottles that we would pick up near the factory down the street for their 2 cent deposit. if only i kept some. the best part was working an hour or 2 behind the counter making ice cream cones, sundaes etc. the job paid $3 a week but all he food was free and a new baseball on my birthday.rod pretzels were 2 for a penny and if you wanted rows of penny candt you had to go to Mount Vernon's 4th Ave where there were 4 5 and dime stores. thinking back right now i can smell the sweey odors of all the products that had become embeded in the worn in the middle wooden floors. what a great time the era was to grow up in.
Greg Van Antwerp July 06, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Thanks for a nice look back at the past through your eyes, Mike!


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