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Memories: When it was 'an occasion' to go downtown

Original post made on Jul 29, 2013

In my youth it was great fun to go downtown, and we dressed for it. One of my earliest memories was Mother helping me into a little matching hat and coat, shining my Mary Janes with a dab of salad oil, and handing me my white gloves for a shopping trip.

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Comments

Posted by Sunshine, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Thank you for sharing your memories, helping to revive mine. I, too, long for those special trips on the "B" streetcar with my mother or my best friend when we were old enough to go downtown on our own.


Posted by Claire Shmitt, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jul 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

Although this is about San Francisco, the very same events and approach were true in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We dressed, gloves, streetcar. same sales techniques that were elegant. We went to some lovely ladies place for lunch and shopped sending packages home free.
It was delightful but it's better now. No girdles or high heels, etc.