Let's travel back 100 years to New Years Eve, 1915. Readers of the Hood River Glacier were greeted with this advertisement from Kresse Drug store on the front page.
If you're curious how many households could afford that $100 Victrola, $100 in 1915 had the buying power of $2,350 today. It would have been a major purchase for even a prosperous Hood River family, even before they started acquiring records to play on it. You can buy a nice Victrola on Ebay today for a couple of hundred dollars.
I'd like to echo Kresse's sentiment to all HHR readers from all of us at the History Museum of Hood River County: "Wishing You All a Happy and Prosperous New Year."
And a brief plug for the museum-- we have a nice working Victrola which museum staff will be happy to demonstrate if you drop by to visit, and the central atrium has a display of new acquisitions from the Kresse Drug store, including a beautiful sign painted by Percy Manser and some very interesting apothecary equipment.
HHR will return for it's fifth year of posts on Monday.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Arthur, Thanks for all the effort and hard work you have put into the "project" for the benefit of all of us!
We all have something to learn from our past history and this is a great way to learn.
The "old timers" are a real asset, to help "fill in the blanks" on your postings with little or no recorded information.
Dale Nicol on 31st December 2015 @ 7:37am
I echo Dale's comments. A wonderful community service that will out last us all.
One of my parents most prized possessions was a Percy Manser painting given to my father on his departure from HR County Schools in the early 1960s as they moved to Corvallis.
Happy New Year to all !
Arlen Sheldrake on 31st December 2015 @ 8:14am
I still have to stop at the museum and get my HHR calendar!!
Is that a camera the gentlemen are studying?
Thanks Arthur for four years of fun. Looking forward to the fifth.
L.E. on 31st December 2015 @ 8:35am
What can someone tell me about the andirons which sit way out from the fireplace and are set far apart and the chain that connects them?
Longshot on 31st December 2015 @ 9:57am
A very happy New Year to you, Arthur, and your helpers! Many thanks for sharing this wealth of history - we just love it!
Maria Kollas on 31st December 2015 @ 11:12am
i have never lived in hood river but have good memories of family stories and a few of muy own from my visits there. i visit and enjoy this site every day. thanks to all you folks that contribute; i appreciate your effort and encourage you to keep it up. HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR!
brian murray on 31st December 2015 @ 11:27am
Love the Mural on the side of the old Kresse building . This has been restored many times....sometimes through the efforts of the History Museum.
Judy on 31st December 2015 @ 4:39pm
WOW, these four years have "flown" by Arthur. This anniversary is amazing and VERY much appreciated by this member of your "flock".
Arlen Sheldrake on 1st January 2016 @ 12:17am
I should have been more clear on HHR's anniversary. Our first experimental post was on March 9, 2011, and regular daily posts started on March 22nd. We still have a few weeks left in our fifth year.
There are over 1200 posts online now, and every week people add useful comments to older posts. I get to sit back and watch as people fill in the holes. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, opinions and observations.
ArthurB on 1st January 2016 @ 11:13am
Why yes I agree ! Three cheers to all ! Hip hip hooray ! Hip hip hooray ! Hip hip hooray !
Steve r on 2nd January 2016 @ 9:33am
I remember the safety chain in front of the fireplace, beyond it clothing etc could too easily catch fire. Good stopping place for kids and in this picture also for adults..
kenn on 4th January 2016 @ 9:15am