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Issue Date: September 2010 Issue


Steve Gleydura
Food prices were a big deal in the summer of 1947. The world was recovering from war, and U.S. farmers were so far behind — thanks to almost six weeks of rain — that they were planting crops at night and cutting hay during the day to make up for lost time. But as they had since 1912, Clevelanders could count on the West Side Market for a good deal. Vendors even helped with a "price reduction day" in June. The Cleveland Press featured market photos in September (though this one was unpublished) and proclaimed it a place where housewives gathered to "poke their fingers at fruit and vegetables, seeking out the best for their families."

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