It's the 1920s in Phoenix, so let's go shopping. We won't need to bring any money, we won't need to worry about carrying anything, we won't need to think about a parking spot.
The electric trolley stops right by. It runs so often that no one gives much thought to the schedule, there's another one along in a few minutes. It costs a nickel, which is a lot, but it's well worth it. It's gonna be a warm day, so you'd better take your parasol (which means "for sun" in Spanish). I'll be wearing a lightweight linen suit, and you'd be wise to keep the amount of layered garments to a minimum (allowing for modesty and correctness of dress, of course!). Do you have your nickel? Your shopping list? That's all you'll need! Let's go, here comes the trolley already!
Yeah, I know the trolley is noisy and rough. It's getting to be kind of an antique - I think this line has been running here for over thirty years. I suppose they'll have to replace these cars eventually, but that's expensive, and no one wants to ever pay more than a nickel for a trolley ride.
Here we are downtown. Let's go shopping. There are a lot of stores here, and most of them are the good old-fashioned type that allow you to put things on a tab, and do free delivery. Yeah, I've heard of those "Cash and Carry" places, but I don't like them - you have to pay for things right there, and you have to carry them out yourself. I prefer a tab and free delivery. I hope that "Cash and Carry" never catches on, but it probably will.
Let's go into a store. I need some groceries, so I'd like to start there. I have my list, and the clerk takes a look at it, says that he has everything except "Coca-Cola" in bottles, will fill my order, and will deliver it today. And it all goes on my tab! That was easy.
But now I'd really like one of those Coca-Colas. And how about some ice cream? Let's see, Donofrios is not far from here, at Washington and Cactus Way, which is half-way between Central and 1st Street. Come on!
|Donofrios, Washington and Cactus Way, Phoenix, Arizona|
That was delicious. You know, I've really got to send something on account on my Donofrios tab. I love that place! And I know that I only went in for a Coca-Cola, but I just had to have some of that Cactus Candy! How was the ice cream?
|Goldwaters in the 1930s, Phoenix, Arizona|
You've been wanting a new dress, and I understand that you can see the latest fashions from Paris at Goldwaters, so let's go over there, it's in the Dorris-Heyman Building, just north of Washington on 1st Street. Maybe you can get one of them! Do you suppose that your parents have a tab there?
Image at the top of this post: Looking south on Central at Monroe in the 1920s, Phoenix, Arizona.
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