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Shopping for groceries in Columbia, 1956

By Mike Watson

We are not living with rationing as did our parents and grandparents during the World War II era, nor serious shortages as we have seen in other decades, in times of geopolitical hardship, but some items have been hard to come by of late.

While researching other things, I came across the Adair County News advertisement of January 1956 and thought it might make some readers wonder about the 'good-old-days'.

Kroger, on the Square in Columbia, had the following offerings as per their ad of 18 January 1956:



Sliced bacon, 35 cents per pound; U.S. Grade beef, 29 cents per pound; beef roast, 39 cents per pound; ground beef, 3 pounds for $1; Southern Star pork sausage, 1 pound roll for 19 cents; bologna, 39 cents per pound; pork liver, 15 cents per pound; fresh neck bones, 10 cents per pound; short shank pork picnics, 25 cents per pound, 4 to 8 pound average;

Harvest Day flour, plain, 25 pound bag for 1.55; sugar, 25 pound bag, 2.47; Cup-O-Cheer coffee, 69 cents per 1 pound tin; Kroger apple sauce, canned, 25 cents; Great Northern dried beans, 5 pounds, 65 cents; sliced cheese, 29 cents per half pound;

Kroger bread, 20 ounce loaf, 17 cents; fresh carrots, 10 cents; golden sweet yams, 10 cents per pound; Rome Beauty apples, 4 pounds for 55 cents; radishes, 10 cents per bag; Star-Kist tuna, 3 cans, $1; Nabisco Ritz crackers, 1 pound box, 35 cents.

No bathroom tissue mentioned. Price-wise, those really were the days--compared to 2020!


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