Most of the little local hardware stores have been absorbed by the big box home improvement and national superstores.
No weekend is complete without a trip to the hardware store; I even made 4 trips during my vacation.
O.K. I may have a problem.
This advertisement from June 6, 1957 for Union Hardware at 1126 Chorro St. (about where he FedEx office is today) celebrating over half a century of business in town.
The Casco step-stool that converted to a bar stool was a popular item of the time, as was the metal Sunbeam junior mixer.
Things you probably won’t find today outside of an antique store were wood step ladders, plastic single loaf bread box, metal lunch kits (with thermos) and three section bins for sugar, coffee and tea.
I suspect the “self wringing mop” still required a person to operate it. Now if they came up with the “self mopping mop” I’d take a look at that.
Mrs. Eleanor Hopkins, home economist, will cook, fry and bake in the modern manner with the New Sunbeam SAUCEPAN and FRYPAN. All Day Thursday.
In keeping with the better living through science ethic of the time the new Sunbeam Automatic Controlled Heat Saucepan was six utensils in one. Saucepan, double boiler, dutch oven, corn popper, chafing dish and bun warmer.
“Three times more efficient than an ordinary saucepan and water sealed for easy washing.
Makes foods taste and look more delicious.”
I wouldn’t want my food prepared any other way.