Monday, October 3, 2011

1959 receipt from Metzgers Inc. in State College

I recently found this February 9, 1959, receipt from Metzgers Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania, tucked away inside an old book.1

The receipt is for $1.71, which might not sound like much. But it would be $12.64 in 2010 dollars, according to The Inflation Calculator. So it could conceivably have been for something like a textbook. (Which is jaw-dropping, when you consider the price of college textbooks today.)

Metzgers (or perhaps it was Metzger's) was located at 111-115 South Allen Street in State College.

An advertisement in the April 15, 1965, issue of The Daily Collegian, Penn State's student newspaper2, indicates that the store's full name was Metzgers University Stores (plural) and that some of the items for sale there included:
  • Tennis rackets, from $4.95 to $24
  • Sweat shirts in all colors -- $2.95 for long sleeves, $2.75 for short sleeves
  • Summer jackets from $7.25 to $8.95
  • A large selection of folk, jazz, classical, vocal and show records, on sale from $1.79 to $5.49
I also found this amusing reference to Metzger's in the November 11, 1964, issue of The Daily Collegian, in a news article by Allan Friedman discussing the damage done after the Penn State football team's victory against Ohio State:
"Also as a result of the victory celebration, Metzger's Inc. of State College is still looking for their stuffed lion. Valued at over $200, the battered lion lost its tail in the celebration fiasco. The Borough Police are reported to be seeking its whereabouts."
So, of the thousands of you who attended Penn State University in the 1950s and 1960s, who can share their tales and memories of Metzger's University Stores?

And did any of you keep your receipt?

1. February 9, 1959, is six days after The Day the Music Died -- the February 3, 1959, plane crash the claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
2. I worked as a reporter and editor at The Daily Collegian (often, when I should should have been attending class) from 1989 to 1993.

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