Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 21:47:16 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: Five & Dime / Dime store
Bagby Atwood in _The Regional Vocabulary of Texas_, p. 69, indicates the
following percentages in his survey of the state:
Racket store 47
Variety store 30
Dime store 13
Ten-cent store 3.3
Nickel store 2.6
He indicates that racket store is declining, and variety store is
increasing (this was 1962). His map 115 p. 245 shows racket store and
dime store both distributed pretty much throughout Texas, Oklahoma,
Louisiana, and southern Arkansas. Both are shown in the Rio Grande Valley.
In Brownsville, we had an old store, closed by 1950, which was labeled
"Racket Store", but we had both a Kress's and a Woolworth's, oddly side
by side on the main street, which I and everyone I can recall called
ten-cent stores .
Are there no other published data to be cited, or is all we have
the random recollections of ADS-Lers who choose to respond?
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)