'Flashback' photo inspire memories of the 1930s
To the Editor:
I am submitting a correction to a March 19 Spectrum Flashback photograph.
The photo brought back some childhood memories and a bit of history.
Having lived on Bridge Street as a youngster, I often roamed around Railroad and Bank streets when at times a merchant would ask any youngster on the street to do some small chores in the store, such as sweeping or raking the sawdust on the butcher's floor, or whatever.
I often worked at the A&P store back in the years of 1937-38 to "peck potatoes." The job would be working in the basement of the store where 100-pound sacks of potatoes were stored.
My job was to repack the potatoes into paper bags which held one peck of potatoes (eight quarts), secure the bag with string and carry the bags upstairs to the fruit and vegetable department. The bags were then sold as a "peck of potatoes."
My reward for this job was two cents a bag, which was well earned for a youngster of 13 years old.
In later years, I helped serve customers in the butcher section in the store on Saturdays, which were always busy days.
My older brother, Angelo Rosato, at 16 years old also worked in the store as manager of the fruit and vegetables department.
I hope you find this little bit of history interesting.