When I was a kid, I could go to the corner candy store and buy 2 cigarettes for a nickle. I was 8 at the time. At 12 i would go to the corner grocery store and buy a quart of Molson's Extra, no questions asked.
Last edited by Tenspot; 01-10-2011 at 08:47 PM.
Wow! I remember once going down to a local cafe (the stores closed on Wednesday afternoons, starting at noon), to get a pack of cigarettes for my mother, who'd run out. I'm guessing I was around nine, and the people who ran the place knew me, knew both my parents. I had to walk home, get a note from my mother OK-ing it, and then come back again. I wasn't too happy! As far as I know, the only place you could buy beer or anything else was the government liquor store, and they sure as heck wouldn't have sold to me.
Originally Posted by Tenspot
In the late '40s and probably into the early '50s, people over twenty-one had to have a wallet-sized card (pale green as I remember), and whenever they bought at the liquor store, everything they bought was written down on the card. I suspect this might have been a left-over from liquor, beer, whatever rationing in WW II, but I don't know for sure, because we weren't in Canada during WW II.
Anyone who'd been convicted of an "overdrinking" offence went on the "interdict list" and no one could sell them any kind of booze. But I'm sure there was a lot of bootlegging going on for those people.
The last price I was offered for a single cigarette by a teen was over a year ago, and the kid offered me a dollar for one cigarette. Nope. I went all "teacher" on the kid.
Considering the topic title, I thought you might like this video. It seems hootch is becoming legal.