Friday, August 23, 2019

Immigrant Biz Built Kansas City

Mexicans, Italians & Swiss merchant history documented by the very best blogger in Kansas City offering a glimpse at old school advertising and elegant souvenirs for a more civilized age.

Take a look:

Matchless city: The neighborhood grocer

From a collection of hundreds of American matchbook covers dating to the late 1940s, I've culled a number of examples from Kansas City to present here. They offer a tiny sliver of that midcentury town as it was about to turn 100 years old in 1950.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Damb near all of the immigrants that built this city were here legally and wanted to speak English.

Speakeasy said...

Damn, right. They also wanted to learn how to spell damn!

Anonymous said...

How much was an ounce of good weed back then?

Anonymous said...

^^^ Don't know, but in 1965 (or maybe 66, can't remember) it cost $4 at The Hole In The Floor.

Smiling Jack said...

Old Northeast has dozens of examples of these, build a Corner Grocery with an apartment upstairs, live there until you could afford to build a house nearby, then rent the Apartment out to friends or relatives.

EXACTLY like what is going on there now with more recent immigrants!

By the way, those dirty "Wops" and "Spicks" didn't always speak very good English, not like the "Bogtrotters" and "Dutchies" that built this Country.

We'd be a lot better off if all those damned Irish and Germans had been sent back where they came from, heck, some of them weren't even Baptists.

Anonymous said...

6:13: Are you aware immigration was pretty much unregulated (except for Chinese) until 1924?

Didn't think so.

Anonymous said...

8:31, are you aware that while there were no specific immigration limits prior to 1924, regulations prohibited entry by persons who were feeble minded, diseased, criminals or would not be able to support themselves?

Anonymous said...

^^Nah, because I have a life and don't spend all day vomiting hate on a blog for dying geriatrics. You don't. This is what you do. You failed.

Anonymous said...

Troll turd up early?

Anonymous said...

^^Not as early as the worthless, complaining, racist, dying geriatrics it seems.

Anonymous said...

^^ 9:15/9:25, the brainrot buttboi, has a life....it's spent all day with his BathHouse toilet water guzzlers. They giggle like tween girls when they say: geriatrics, tapioca, diaper, and especially, RACIST!

Anonymous said...

^^aforementioned worthless, dying, geriatric heard from.

Anonymous said...

Uhhh @10:40 "Geriatric" equals "Retired", not "Retarded"!
In your instance its "not Geriatric", meaning the exact opposite!

Anonymous said...

^^Umm... no. Sorry retard. This is you. Try again chump.

Geriatric: an old person, especially one receiving special care.
"a rest home for geriatrics"

Anonymous said...

@11:38
Buffoon: one who persists in ludicrous behavior, oblivious to the amusement of those around him. "The Buffoon posts again".

The Foo Shits, Clown, now wear it!

Anonymous said...

AWWWW, 2!!:#* GIT KNOCKED OUT!

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Now let's laugh while we watch the Buffoon try to deny it!

Anonymous said...

^^Huh? Are you a retard or a geriatric(same thing)? Who "GIT" knocked out again?? You wanna try again? This time in English? Retard.

Not Byron Funkhouser said...

(((Simonson))). More Jewspin on immigration.

Anonymous said...

^^^^John Simonson sounds more like a Scandinavian name, but even if he's Jewish, what's your problem, Adolph?

Anonymous said...

Idiot racists love to troll this site. This is a good story, try not being a prick for once and read it.