Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nana's Bananas

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 7:50 AM

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H.G. Hill grocery stores were a major advertiser in both the ashville Banner and the other daily newspaper for as long as anyone could remember. This holiday ad is from a 1921 Nashville Banner newspaper. It featured everything you needed for a great Christmas, including hard candy, oysters for the turkey stuffing, "cocoanut" for cake, apples for stocking stuffers, cake flour, biscuit flour, potatoes. It's surprising how exactly our family's Christmas dinner has pretty much this same shopping list.

click to enlarge H.G. Hill ad, 1921
  • H.G. Hill ad, 1921

But what caught my eye were the bananas. Now, bananas were hard to transport, and Nashville got them a special way: a boat brought them down the Cumberland River from Kentucky. How they came to be in Kentucky instead of Memphis via New Orleans, I can't recall, but I do remember that one factoid.

But look closely: red or yellow bananas? Red bananas, like the ones at K&S? What? Seventy-seven years before K&S, Nashvillians could purchase red bananas? My grandmother might have seen red bananas as a child? The world is turning upside down, and this is just so wrong.

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