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Archive for April 9th, 2016

Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Spring 2013

By JoAnne Matsumura

The Confectionery, circa 1940, with the emergency siren, now on display at the museum, on the roof. The Show Hall is at right.

The Confectionery, circa 1940, with the emergency siren, now on display at the museum, on the roof. The Show Hall is at right.

It’s the children, many now in their 70s and 80s, who remember Alice Davies, the proprietor of the Confectionery. They’d flock to her store, located across the street from the museum, to buy penny candy—often with just a single penny to spend.

The various candies were displayed on top of a long display case. After you made your choice, Alice would put your candy in a small paper bag in exchange for your penny. But there wasn’t much time to make your choice—especially if you wanted to catch the free movie at the Show Hall after school on Thursdays.

At other times children lingered—it wasn’t easy to choose from the more than 60 penny candies. (more…)

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