A place to recall and celebrate the wonderful stores of a Downtown Boston now alive only in our memories
Friday, 2 July 2010
UNKLE EPH'S FOOD SHOP, BOSTON...where pennies make sense
Hello, Retro Boston Lovers! I have a wonderful treat to share with you sent to me by Irene. Irene worked in Raymond's of Boston while she was still in high school. She began up in the attic of the old store sorting greeting cards. She wrote:
I worked my way up...that included wrapping, sales, even typing (copying) some of the newspaper ads, COD's and eventually I did the whole store sales report which involved subtracting refunds, adding the sales of that day to all of the subsequent days and then typing the report and giving it to the powers that be. Mind you, all the courses I took in school were geared to sales and typing was not my strong suit, forget numbers on the typewriter. I taught myself to use a comptometer, did a lot of praying each day, and managed to learn the job and did it quite well.
Sadly, Irene left the job and life moved on but she recently found this little treasure in her sewing basket one day. An original Raymond's token coin. I have never heard of or seen one until Irene shared her little find. I am thrilled Irene got some help and was able to send photos of the back and front of the coin for me to share with all of you. I also added a small shot of the front of "Unkle Eph's Food Shop" located on the street floor along the Washington Street front.
Thanks so much Irene for sharing your memories and your little Raymond's treasure!
Boston born, Brookline raised Retro Boston Cultural Historian and very eager to get as many memories, photos and newspaper adverts of the once grand stores of the Downtown Boston we all knew and loved. Also I am very busy researching Boston area churches of the past that have since closed or merged into others. All who remember are welcome to contact me with their thoughts, memories and photos to add to any of my blogs.
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