Jot ‘Em Down Store

Store Inventory

A list of items that the Jot ‘Em Down Store sells… Naturally, we assume there was much more. These are just a few of the items heard mentioned in various episodes of Lum & Abner.

Canned Goods

  • apple juice
  • apricots (whole, peeled)
  • apricots (unpeeled)
  • asparagus
  • beets, pickled
  • black-eyed peas
  • brussels sprouts
  • cherries
  • clam chowder
  • condensed milk
  • corn, cream style
  • corned beef
  • crab meat (30 cents)
  • dog food
  • dried beef
  • grape juice
  • hominy
  • kidney beans
  • lima beans
  • mushroom buttons
  • navy beans
  • noodle soup
  • olives, green
  • olives, jumbo ripe
  • peaches (40 cents a can)
  • pears
  • pickled pigs’ feet
  • pineapple juice
  • pineapple
  • plums
  • pork ‘n’ beans (10 cents a can)
  • salmon, red sockeye (65 cents a 9-oz. can)
  • sardines
  • sauerkraut
  • spaghetti with meatballs
  • spinach
  • string beans
  • sweet pertaters
  • tomaters

Fresh Produce

  • apples
  • avocadoes
  • bananers
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • crooked neck squash
  • grapefruit
  • horseradish
  • lemons (380 to the case)
  • lettuce
  • oranges (176 to the case – used to be 225 to the case)
  • pertaters
  • pumpkins
  • sweet pertaters
  • tomaters
  • watermelon

Other Groceries

  • apricots, dried
  • bacon
  • bakin’ powder
  • bakin’ soda
  • banana flavoring
  • beans, dried
  • bread (10 cents a loaf)
  • breakfast food (aka cereal)
  • brown sugar
  • butter
  • cheese
  • cocoa
  • coconut, shredded
  • coffee
  • cookies
  • corn meal
  • crackers (in the barrel or by the box)
  • dog biscuits
  • eggs
  • Fig Newtons
  • flour ($1.15 for a 48-pound sack, also available in a 24-pound sack)
  • gingersnaps
  • graham crackers
  • ham, peanut cured, from Georgia
  • ketchup
  • lard (by the bucket)
  • lemon flavoring
  • molasses
  • oleo margarine
  • oyster crackers
  • peaches, dried
  • peanut butter
    • chunk style
    • plain style
  • peas, dried
  • pepper
  • Pepsi-Cola
  • pickles (in the barrel)
  • prunes
  • rice (5 cents a pound or 6 pounds for a quarter)
  • salt
  • shortnin’ (Gold Leaf)
  • sorghum (by the gallon bucket)
  • spaghetti
  • sugar (18 pounds for a dollar)
  • syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • vinegar
  • yeast

Dry Goods

  • bolt goods
    • ginghams
      • spotted color
    • percales
    • silk
    • calicos
      • yeller polky dot
      • green polky dot
  • dress patterns
  • galluses
  • gingham dresses
  • girdles
  • gloves
  • hair ribbons
  • handbags, beaded — with “Come to Memphis” in red and green beads on the back side (ordered by Abner’s papa)
  • handkerchiefs
  • lady’s hats
    • with ostrich feather (special price, $1.00)
    • with flowers
  • men’s hats
  • men’s slacks
  • neckties
  • needles
  • nylons
  • overalls
  • pillows
  • pin cushions
  • rick-rack
  • shirts
  • shoes
  • stockin’s, cotton lisle
    • plain or ribbed
    • black or white
  • sunbonnets
  • thread
    • black, darnin’ cotton
    • black, #60
    • white, #50
  • underwear, long red woolen

Tobacco Products

  • cigars
  • corn cob pipes (10 or 15 cents)
  • pipe cleaners
  • smokin’ tobacco (15 cents a can)
  • snuff

Discussing the Inventory

February 18, 1935:
Lum: Jest look at that shelf there. There’s pork’n’beans and apricots and axle grease. There’s a can of tomaters and bakin’ powder… all stacked in there together. And most of that’s upside down!

September 23, 1935:
Lum: What’s this item here? Toters?
Abner: Oh! Taters! That’s a ‘A’ there. Taters… eatin’ taters.
Lum: What’s this? Rise? R-I-S-E. Rise?
Abner: Yeah, we’re plum outta rice.
Lum: Rice! Sech spellin’. Look at this. Flour. F-L-O-U-R. You mean flour to bake bread with?
Abner: Yeah, eatin’ flour!
Lum: Fer goodness sakes. F-L-O-W-E-R!
Abner: Well, I never thought that looked right. I figgered they’d made a mistake.
Lum: Figgered who’d made a mistake?
Abner: Why, whoever it was that put that printin’ on the sack. I copied it off the sack.
Lum: This next item you got down here. S-P-I-N-I-T-C-H.
Abner: Yeah! Spinach!
Lum: That ain’t… err… didja copy that down off’n the can?
Abner: No. We was outta that.
Lum: I never thought that looked right. You spell that S-P-I-N… spin… spin-nitch… I guess that’s right.
Abner: Did I put down lard on that list there, Lum?
Lum: Lard? No, there ain’t but one more item here and it’s, uh…
Abner: I guess I musta fergot it. You better put down a case of that, ’cause we’re smack-dab out of it.
Lum: Wait a minute. What is this other item here? G-R-E-S-E.
Abner: Oh, well, that’s it! Grease! Lard!

September 24, 1935:
Abner: That reminds me, too, Lum, you know I told you ’bout that vanella extract’s been disappearin’ down at the store. I found out where it’s been goin’ to. Cedric’s been gettin’ it. He’s usin’ it for pre-fume!
Lum: Vanilla extract fer perfumery?
Abner: Yes, sir! Every time we get on that store I get hongry. Smells like somebody’s bakin’ a cake in there.
Lum: Hmph! I swan to goodness. That boy is a sight.
Abner: No tellin’ how much of that stuff he’s usin’. Just pours it all over hisself. Got the whole store to smellin’ like vaneller. We oughta just stop handlin’ that vanella flavorin’.
Lum: Well, you better speak to him before he starts in on the bananer or lemon or some of them other flavorin’s.

January 26, 1940:
Abner: Well, fer the lands’ sakes! What’n the world happened, Lum?
Lum: Don’t ask a bunch of silly questions. Get me a shirt and a pair of over-halls from over there and bring ’em back here. On back in the feed room.
Abner: Why, you’re wringin’ wet! Did ya have a accident?
Lum: You don’t think I’d do somethin’ like that a-purpose, do ya? Hurry up and get some dry clothes fer me!
Cedric: You’re li’ble to catch the pneumoany, Mister Lum, cold as it ’tis.
Lum: I know it! I grannies, if it ain’t one thang happenin’ ta me, it’s six dozen of somethin’ else.
Abner: Didja fall in the mill pond?
Lum: No! I never fell in no mill pond! And stop askin’ a batch of questions. I don’t wanna talk about it.
Abner: Here’s some 34/38 over-hauls. But we ain’t got your size in a shirt.
Lum: I don’t care what size it is, just so it’s dry! Get that’n there on top.

Fer the Young’uns

  • candy
    • candy bars (5 cents each)
    • candy cigarettes
    • coconut bars (5 cents each)
    • gum drops (10 cents a pound)
    • jawbreakers (5 cents a dozen)
    • jelly beans
    • licorice whips (2 for a penny)
    • marshmallow bars
    • mixed candy
    • peanut brittle (15 cents a pound)
    • peanut clusters
    • peppermint sticks
    • walnut bars
  • chewin’ gum (5 cents a package)
  • comic books
  • dolls
  • magazines

School Supplies and Stationery

  • art gum (a kind of e-raser, none in stock, check over at Dick Huddleston’s store)
  • colored Crayolas
  • erasers
  • fountain pens
  • ink (by the bottle)
    • black
    • red
  • pencils (1 cent or 5 cents)
  • writin’ tablets
    • Indian chief on the cover
    • movin’ pitcher stars on the cover
  • postcards
  • wrappin’ paper

Seasonal Items

  • Christmas candy
  • Christmas cards
  • false beards and moustaches
  • Halloween masks
    • goat mask
  • silver tinsel
  • Valentine cards (1 cent, 5 cents, 20 cents)

Health & Beauty

  • baby oil
  • cleansing tissues
  • court plaster
  • hair pins
  • manicurin’ set ($4)
  • pre-fume
  • razor blades
  • shavin’ mugs
  • shoe polish

Hardware & Household

  • alarm clock
  • ant poison
  • axle grease
  • bear traps
  • brooms
  • buggy harness
  • can openers
  • churns
  • clothes pins
  • coal oil
  • cook stove (Family Pride, $56)
  • electric iron
  • foldin’ cot (Daisy Handy-Andy, can be put up in 30 seconds, so simple even a child can do it)
  • flashlight batteries
  • floor wax
  • fly swatters
  • fruit jars
  • funnels
  • gopher poison
  • hammers
  • hemp rope
  • horse blankets
  • horse collars
  • horseshoe nails
  • lamp wicks
  • lanterns
  • lightnin’ rods
  • matches (5 cents a box)
  • mouse traps
  • nails, ten-penny
  • orange juicer (79 cents)
  • paper plates
  • paper towels
  • plow points
  • pocket knives
  • salt and pepper shakers
  • scrub boards
  • soap (World’s Wonder)
  • shot gun shells ($1.25 a box)
  • shovels
  • spot remover
  • stick bluein’
  • varnish
  • #2 washtubs (reg’lar price, 50 cents; special price, 48 cents)
  • water buckets
  • water pitchers (green glass)

In the Feed Room

  • bales of hay
  • sacks of chop ($1.19 for 100 pound sack)
  • sacks of bran
  • seed pertaters