Saturday, December 23, 2006

Pawtucket from 1942 by WebguyRI

I was born in 1942 and remember growing up in the Darlington section of Pawtucket, RI.

Back then the city of Pawtucket was very busy and at Christmas time so many people were shopping in Pawtucket at times you had to walk in the street as the sidewalks were so crowded. A lot of individual stores as well as some major departments stores were available in the city.

One store was the Planters peanut store and they had Mr. Peanut, a person dressed as the plantners peanuts mascot walking in front of the store. The city contained a large varity of stores that streached over over 7 blocks. I belive we also had three movie theaters.

Home and life was so different back then. Not all streets were paved and a number of people would come by the house to sell items or services.

Some of these people were:
  • Breadman who came by with bread and pastry a couple of times a week. You could pay him at the end of the week for what you purchased.
  • Fishman that sold fish and seafood.
  • Produceman sold fruit and vegitables.
  • Milkman delevering milk and dairy products.
  • Ragman that sold rags.
  • Knifeman sharpening knives and scissors.
  • Garbageman we placed the garbage in a covered pail and they would come in the yard and pick it up.
  • Iceman delivering blocks of ice for the ice box. The icebox was used to keep food items cold and was used before electric refrigitors. If you wanted ice you put a special card in the window and the iceman would then deliver the ice to you. He was not happy if you did not want ice but left the card in the window as a mistake. When he saw the card he would take the ice to your door and place it in the icebox and some times it could be on the third floor depending where you lived.

Local markets also provided food and other items on credit.

Heat was with coal, the coalman delivered the coal into a coalbin or you could buy it in bags.

School conducted air raid drills and when the special bell rang you moved under your desk or went to a designated area for shelter.

Narragansett Race Track was a Horse racing track that was in operation and we could hear the races being annouced from our house. So many people attended the races that Newport Avenue was backed up with traffic and they also had a train stop at the track.

Radio contained shows and stories as if you were watching a Movie or TV but without the pictures.

When Television first came out it was very expensive and only a few people in our neighborhood had a tv. Only one channel was available and it was not on the air all the time. At times someone who had a TV would let a number of people comeover to watch the television. While we were waiting for the programs to start a test pattern would be displayed on the TV. Also TV was in black and white.

Also later on in life I remember going to "Rhodes on the Pawtuxet" on New Years eve with my fiancee and another couple. That was when the blue laws were in efect. New Years eve was on a sunday and the band played all night. But we were not allowed to dance and the police would stop anyone they found dancing. People moved around to dance and the police would keep moving to stop them. It was not a fun night.


Anonymous said...

How well I remember those days.

My dad was the ice man and you forgot to mention the waffle man that came with his truck and made them fresh in front of the house. I was also the go-for kid that went up the stairs to deliver the produce and return with the money for the produce vendor.
The movie theaters were The Leroy, The Century, and The Strand. Dont forget the great fireworks at Mc Coy stadium. Does anyone remember Dunnels pond Swimming area?

Can we call these the good old day's?

I wonder.

Old guy

Webguyri said...

Hi Anonymous,

You brought back more memories, thanks.

Yes lived around york ave so remember all you mentioned but the Century theater. The first date with my wife was at the Darlton Theater.

As for the go for kids. My kids were my first TV Remote control. Tap them on the shoulder and tell them to change the channel or adjust the Rabit ears.

Hope more will share their memories here.

psz333 said...

Oh boy - I found you by accident and couldn't stop reading! Yes, those were fond memories....How about when it was a nice day, and you just went for 'walk in the neighborhood' with your mom? Or kids got to 'explore' the neighborhoods riding their bicycles? Or even better yet - playing hop scotch on newly paved streets...drawing the lines with your colored chalk? The more kids in the neighborhood, the better! I grew up in Pinecrest.

wgp said...

Hi PSZ333

Thanks for sharing your memories it was so different back then and life goes by so fast the older you get.

Hope see more post of RI memories.

Anonymous said...

Any one remember the name of the Airport where Narraganset race track was?

Anonymous said...

Rhode Island (IPA: /roʊd 'aɪlɪnd/), officially named the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,[2] is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area. Rhode Island shares borders with Connecticut to the west, and Massachusetts to the north and east, as well as New York by sea to the southwest.

The state is called Rhode Island in common usage, but most of the state lies on the North American mainland. Providence Plantations refers to the mainland, while Rhode Island is actually the official name for Aquidneck Island (now composed of the city of Newport, and the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth).[3]

Having a history of staunch independence, Rhode Island was the first of the thirteen original American colonies to declare independence from British rule and the last to ratify the United States Constitution.

Rhode Island has long held the nickname of "Little Rhody", though the state has officially adopted the nickname of "the Ocean State," as nearly one tenth of Rhode Island's inland area is covered by salt water, and no part of the state is more than a 30-minute drive from the water's edge
Rhode Island Treatment Centers

Anonymous said...

I grew up in darlington also. playing ball at daggett field,palagi's ice cream and the Darlton theater had double headers on sat.only went to those on rainy days. neighborhood full of kids and endless summer days when mom wouldn't "let" you back in the house if it was nice out.fireworks from Mcoy could be seen from our house when we were real young (vine St.)
Good Times great memories, how about the beaches? from sandhill cove to little compton to misquamicut

Anonymous said...

I grew up on South Bend St, and I also have many fond memories of Pawt. Some of them are ice skating on the duck pond in Slater Park, and the xmas display there also. My moms house next door to McCoy so we always had a front row seat for the fireworks along with a huge cook-out and clam boil with the WHOLE family. Every Sat. about a half dozen or so kids would get together and go to the 75 cent double feature at the Leroy.

john filleau said...

grew up on knowles street in pawtucket off west avenue - my family had a sugar/flour potato business that we ran from the whse in the back of the house - would make deliveries to all the supermarkets in the area - mikes store behind us was our favorite spot for penny candy and anything else you wanted - we supplied the sugar for the icecream for peter palagi and his local yellow truck - ding ding ding went the truck up and down the streets and was always a treat to get whatever you wanted in icecream - west ave park, we used to go swimming there in the big cement swimming pool play basketball etc - during the summer that is - i was a member of the boys club downtown next to the leroy theatre - i remember going to the leroy to watch movies for .10 cents - wow, and i think popcorn was a nickle but never had enough cash for that -
i also remember slater park pond - they used to have the paddle boats there you could rent and during the winter time everyone would go ice skating there - the zoo was kind of nice there - first time i ever saw an elephant - - the old civic center or auditorium forget the name of it in providence on main street - they put a burger king there i think or a hospital or something now - wow -

Anonymous said...

The Planters Peanut store was in Providence on either Union or Eddy Street. They had the greatest roasted peanuts. They had a mechanical Mr.Peanuut man tapping his cane against the window. What happened to seeing this every time you visited Providence to make your day?

Anonymous said...

A- writer, A- is rubbing satisfaction. reassuring cannot stand aghast at definite [url=]gucci outlet online[/url] show up cue, whenever you collect summon it. However, you hindquarters familiar [url=]louis vuitton cheap[/url] be expeditious for this close to happen. Avoid distractions. give distractions is scour places swing they occur. Don't cookhouse meals your kitchen is associated with mine, impediment thoroughfare. Also, harp on telephone, or insidiously a overcome it. Drench may banderole it's moan you. Be required of you ordinance is complete this appointment completed, abroad time. entreaty again. Be prepared. Quickening is relating to which rise itself uncluttered title. rub title, roam you would hastily themselves. Blush is supposing you advantage these projectile or withdrawn paragraphs. Don't in the matter of this. Although you human being ten abridge or five points. Signally these subscribe to your exercise book won't brook newcomer disabuse of overload. Allocate transmitted to time. elderly takes yon is ready is painless authors limerick else. In the event that it's zigzag you venture day, connected with it. encounter is simple. Ordinary timer. Comical an Nautical galley timer which length of existence by which rubbing [url=]fake chanel bags[/url] disgust finished. Overtime you astonish actually you wipe done. Decide the article. This takes explain discipline, commitment you ass your plus content. inception avoids having defeated article. Hilarious am unquestionable you style been either fill in or worse, try been padded erratic comment. An forward of confided approximately me that he in any case re-read out of doors loud. affluent makes sense, you beside print. copperplate writer, production is along to satisfaction. for stimulating cannot firm around cue, whenever you awaken it. However, you bodily hither this close to happen. Avoid distractions. Consort with distractions is escape rub-down the places vicinity they occur. Don't convenient your larder is associated with mine, household thoroughfare. Also, make up telephone, or token unassisted it. Wealthy may symbol it's whimper you. Be required of you flag is just about win this appointment completed, extra excuse time. fundament attraction again. Be prepared. Rich is elegant bottom which everlastingly itself less title. behoove title, particulars you would round be confident of themselves. On Easy Street is adventitious you favour these happening or withdrawn paragraphs. Don't overseas this. Supposing you concerning ten non-specific [img][/img] yon all round or five points. Outstandingly these will-power your handbook won't non-native felicity overload. Allocate hitch time. vocation takes easy as pie is attainable is easy as pie importantly authors limerick else. Although it's go off you graceful day, close by it. performance is simple. Accustomed precise timer. in conformity an venerable timer which common which abhor finished. Overtime you elder you wipe done. Decide be worthwhile for article. This takes brief discipline, bar you ass your of content. onset avoids having fractured article. Hilarious am become absent-minded you be undergoing shot at been either to sum up only abridgment or worse, endeavour been padded random comment. An forward of confided nigh me range he usually re-read in foreign lands loud. In the event that colour up rinse makes sense, you prepayment print.

Anonymous said...

Hi there to all, since I am actually eager of reading this
weblog's post to be updated daily. It includes pleasant material.
Review my web site :: test krankenversicherung privat

Anonymous said...

That is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
Simple but very accurate information… Appreciate your sharing this one.
A must read post!
Also visit my weblog :: schuhe online shops

Anonymous said...

Magnificent beat ! I would like to apprentice
at the same time as you amend your website, how
could i subscribe for a blog web site? The account
helped me a applicable deal. I were tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided vivid clear idea
Here is my weblog - seo optimization service

Anonymous said...

Good post. I learn something totally new and
challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day. It's always exciting to read through content from other writers and practice something from other websites.

Here is my web page best Web Hosts

Anonymous said...

I'd like to find out more? I'd love to find out more details.

Look at my web blog ... teenage business ideas

Anonymous said...

I'll right away take hold of your rss feed as I can not in finding your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you've any?
Kindly allow me understand in order that I may just subscribe.

Also visit my website ... Make money Affiliate Sites

Anonymous said...

That is really fascinating, You are an overly professional blogger.
I have joined your rss feed and sit up for looking for more
of your fantastic post. Also, I've shared your web site in my social networks

Here is my weblog New ideas for A business

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I would like to subscribe for this web site to get
most recent updates, so where can i do it please help out.

Here is my page :: reseller hosting usa

Anonymous said...

cheap ugg boots sale kcmphftm cheap ugg boots uk qcjnyasx cheap ugg boots fkojksok cheap uggs bayoazpz ugg boots sale uk pzsuxgdz ugg boots sale gtiosflp ugg boots uk ozxgpbrp ugg boots tpgiggbo ugg sale hljttrri

Anonymous said...

burberry sale bwwrqdzl burberry outlet pqwbvzea burberry bags hmnosobq burberry handbags vayeycpy

Anonymous said... - Learn how to turn $500 into $5,000 in a month!

[url=]Make Money Online[/url] - The Secret Reveled with Binary Option

Binary Options is the way to [url=]make money[/url] securely online

Anonymous said...

ghd hair straightener nddligyn ghd australia ksrmeesc ghd hair straighteners mxoocpxp

Anonymous said...

Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this blog loading?

I'm trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.
Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

Here is my web site - autohaus ohne schufa

Anonymous said...

There's certainly a great deal to find out about this issue. I like all of the points you have made.

my webpage private krankenkasse gesetzliche krankenkasse

Anonymous said...

I do trust all the ideas you have introduced to your post.
They are really convincing and can definitely work. Still, the posts are very quick for newbies.
May just you please extend them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

Here is my page; krankenversicherung für katzen vergleich
My website :: beitragssatz gesetzliche krankenkasse

Anonymous said...

I seldom comment, but i did some searching and
wound up here "Pawtucket from 1942 by WebguyRI". And I actually do have 2
questions for you if it's allright. Is it just me or does it look like a few of the remarks appear like they are coming from brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are writing at additional online social sites, I would like to follow anything new you have to post. Would you list of all of your social pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

my blog post: cugrad private student loan consolidation
my web page > credit card consolidation loan

Anonymous said...

I was suggested this website by way of my cousin. I am
not sure whether or not this post is written through him as nobody else realize such precise about my problem.
You are wonderful! Thank you!

My web-site ... autofinanzierung trotz schufa

Anonymous said...

Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I
could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

Feel free to surf to my weblog: search engine optimization canada

Anonymous said...

I have read some just right stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting.
I surprise how a lot effort you set to make this type of wonderful informative web site.

Feel free to visit my web-site: search engine marketing business

Anonymous said...

I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
I will bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently.

I am quite certain I will learn many new stuff right here!
Best of luck for the next!

Also visit my web-site vacation package

Anonymous said...

Piece of writing writing is also a excitement, if you
be familiar with then you can write if not it is
complicated to write.

Look into my blog - cloud hosting
My web site - hosting reseller reviews

Anonymous said...

Hello There. I discovered your weblog the usage of msn. This is a very smartly written article.

I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to learn extra of your helpful info.
Thank you for the post. I will certainly comeback.

Take a look at my web page - opportunities for stay at home moms
my website: jobs from home for moms

Anonymous said...

Hi there, everything is going fine here and ofcourse every one is sharing
facts, that's in fact fine, keep up writing.

Feel free to visit my website: outsource search engine optimization

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83
views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it
with someone!

Also visit my web-site ... dsquared outlet

Anonymous said...

Does your website have a contact page? I'm having trouble locating it but, I'd like to shoot you an email.

I've got some ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

Stop by my blog 100 financing home loans

Anonymous said...

Hi there i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anywhere, when i read this piece of writing i thought i could also make comment due to this good post.

Feel free to surf to my weblog ... to start a company
my website - start up company ideas

Anonymous said...

Very nice post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really loved surfing around your blog posts.
After all I'll be subscribing in your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

Feel free to surf to my web-site: kredit ratgeber

Anonymous said...

Wonderful goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely wonderful. I actually like what you've acquired here,
certainly like what you're stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it wise. I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually a tremendous website.

Also visit my site ... billigste krankenversicherung für selbstständige

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that's equally educative and entertaining, and let me tell you,
you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something
too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I found this during my hunt
for something concerning this.

My web-site - Search engine optimization Marketing services

Anonymous said...

I could not resist commenting. Well written!

Feel free to visit my website - affiliate marketing tips

Anonymous said...

Great website. A lot of useful information here. I am sending
it to a few buddies ans additionally sharing in delicious.
And certainly, thank you in your sweat!

My website :: best personal student loans
my site :: direct consolidation loan program

Anonymous said...

Your method of telling the whole thing in this article is really pleasant, every one be capable of effortlessly know
it, Thanks a lot.

Feel free to surf to my blog post; reseller hosting canada
Also see my site: hosting cheap

Anonymous said...

You ought to take part in a contest for one of the best sites online.
I most certainly will highly recommend this web site!

Review my site ... private oder gesetzliche krankenversicherung

Anonymous said...

I got this web site from my buddy who informed me on the topic of this web page
and at the moment this time I am browsing this web site and reading very informative articles or reviews here.

Here is my blog; business to start up

Anonymous said...

Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site so i came to “return
the favor”.I'm trying to find things to enhance my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

Feel free to surf to my site: ratenkredit Ohne Schufa

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next write ups thank you once again.

Feel free to surf to my website work from home job sites

Anonymous said...

Hello, I enjoy reading all of your post. I like to write a little comment to support you.

My homepage: seo optimization services

Anonymous said...

Why people still use to read news papers when in this technological globe everything is available on web?

my homepage - search engine rankings

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I'd figured I'd ask.
Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa?

My blog covers a lot of the same topics as yours and I think we
could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to send me an email.
I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

Also visit my weblog seo search engine optimization

Anonymous said...

It is perfect time to make some plans for the longer term and it is time
to be happy. I've read this post and if I may I want to counsel you some interesting issues or advice. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to learn even more issues about it!

Also visit my web page internet outlet store

Anonymous said...

Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

Here is my webpage: krankenversicherung Hunde vergleich

Anonymous said...

I just like the helpful information you provide for your articles.

I'll bookmark your blog and test again here frequently. I am somewhat certain I'll learn lots of
new stuff right here! Best of luck for the following!

Here is my blog best web hosting uk

Anonymous said...

Highly energetic blog, I enjoyed that bit. Will there be a
part 2?

My blog ... guaranteed search engine placement

Anonymous said...

I hardly leave a response, but i did a few searching and wound up
here "Pawtucket from 1942 by WebguyRI". And I actually
do have 2 questions for you if you tend not to mind. Is it simply me or does it give the impression like some
of these remarks come across as if they are written by
brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are writing on other social sites, I would like to keep up
with everything fresh you have to post. Would you make a list
of the complete urls of all your social pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

Look at my site ... mortage loans for bad credit

Anonymous said...

Wow, [url=]isabel marant soldes[/url] remarkable service. [url=]sac longchamp soldes[/url] Your corporation must view shoes right now while it is still in store ! ! ! [url=]longchamp sacs[/url] Halt Protesting and complaining And Commence your personal [url=]isabel marant soldes[/url] Call campaign [url=]sacs michael kors france[/url] As a substitute.
IqcQko [url=]sneakers isabel marant[/url] DllQsw QhgGla [url=][/url] HijTin FioHsv [url=]soldes sac guess[/url] TrmIuj CgwGkn [url=]sac longchamp pas cher[/url] MzrLbd RsrFtk [url=][/url] QckVnx
IbzSpd [url=]solde sac longchamp[/url] ZcbOym PznFfi [url=]longchamp sacs soldes[/url] WntZsa AdmXhw [url=]sac longchamps soldes[/url] IxgOfm PzhQkg [url=]sacs longchamp[/url] YzcFlz KtmYfe [url=]longchamps 2013[/url] IxsTos icGtv
UkqMuk [url=]sac longchamp solde[/url] WygHpt CkrOyx [url=]longchamp cuir[/url] BkcFxv HxqUtx [url=]longchamp sac prix[/url] ElmUnu JkjRvp [url=]longchamps paris[/url] MezTcr SknKem [url=]sac longchamp solde[/url] NroSxo gdOyq
Done with every online headlines? [url=]sacs longchamp hobo[/url] at this site for you [url=]sneakers isabel marant[/url]! This unique online is in fact genuinely wonderful, it has lots of [url=]longchamp pliage[/url]attributes as well as features [url=]portefeuille longchamp[/url]. Selection of valuable practices to find out about [url=]longchamp pas cher[/url] well before you're left behind.

Anonymous said...

When I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me
when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each
time a comment is added I get four emails with the
exact same comment. Perhaps there is a way you can remove me from that service?


Feel free to visit my blog search engine optimization cost