Doing My Christmas Shopping in Martins Ferry One Week Before Christmas in 1958

Once again thinking back
Christmastime Martins Ferry
Shopping list inside my gray wool mitten
Trudging through virgin white knee-deep snow

The walk uptown
Past Teare’s Drug, the rowdy Antler Bar
Finally down South Fourth Street
Woolworths, the Fenray Theatre

Emptying my Christmas Club account
All seven dollars and nine cents
At the old Citizen’s Bank
Just north of Isaly’s, best ice cream in town

In 1958, seven bucks bought a lot
Presents for Mom, Dad, my sister, both grandmas
Magically, the right gifts always appeared
With at least a dollar to spare

Arms full, the walk home
Along South Fifth Street
But first a stop in the library
Then a browse of candy at Tidbit’s

The snow started again
A week till Christmas
I hoped, prayed it would last
Ensuring Santa’s on time arrival

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: Wisdom Work Press:

3 thoughts on “Doing My Christmas Shopping in Martins Ferry One Week Before Christmas in 1958

  1. I remember visiting my grandparents at 911 Pearl Street. in Martins Ferry…. The fire house on the corner where they gave me all the pop I wanted because my grandfather was Harold Michael. The candy store across the street from the fire house. Trips to Islay’s Ice Cream. The smell of a nearby bakery. Trips to Oglbay Park. Swimming the the pool there. It was the mid 50’s…Life was good.

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