Cheap Grass

By on Aug 27, 2008 in General |

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Check out this picture, taken in front of the Wyoming Flowerland in 1968 looking west along 28th street. This picture really brings back memories for me, I remember riding this stretch on my bicycle, and in 1968 I would have been 9 years old. If you look closely, you’ll see the price of gas is 32 cents a gallon on the sign in front of the Mobil gas station! (sign with orange lettering in the grass between 28th street and the sidewalk). Looks like the Town Pump and Tulsa stations down the road were in a price war with Mobil……how low can you go! It struck me, that as a 9 year old boy in Wyoming at that time I was cutting the grass with a manual push reel mower. The trimming was being done with a hand clippers. Edging along the sidewalk was done with a shovel. We used a rake and a broom instead of a leaf blower. Today I spend a small fortune filling up the mowers and edgers and trimmers at 3 to 4 dollars a gallon! Amazing that when gas was so cheap, we didn’t use it to maintain the lawn like we do today (click on  “Grass Mileage” above).  In the days when I was young and green, both my labor and the gas came cheap…….Cheap grass! If you look closely at the bottom right, you’ll find you could get S+H Green stamps with your purchase too!

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