Monday, September 17, 2012

NRA History

I got this old wooden box.  It's from the 30's.  And it says NRA on it.  See:

20 to 30 what?  20 to 30 score of ammunition, no doubt.  "We Do Out Part"  Sure do!  Looking after our sacred Constitutional rights, I'll wager!

Well, let's see what's on the other side. 

Prunes?   Well, maybe the National Rifle Association was selling fruit back then to raise money.  Kinda like they sell wines now.  That's gotta be it.

I'm just joshing you.  NRA, in this case is the execrable and unconstitutional National Recovery Administration.  One of FDR daft ideas.  Businesses loved it as it set price controls relatively high enough to keep them afloat and squelch competition.  That's not NRA's Eddie the Eagle.  It's the Blue Eagle.  Must be seen to be actually Bolshy, after all.  Read more about it in The Forgotten Man.

As for that funny sounding tea company hawking prunes...  The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company is just the A&P Grocery Store.  That organization was the Wal Mart of the day.  Driving all the Mom & Pop butchers and bakers out of business 90 years ago.  Now look at em! 

One day Wal Mart will be crap, too.


Bob said...

A couple of the "alphabet soup" organization that FDR came up with, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the WPA (Work Progress Administration) did some beautiful work back in the 1930's when they were active. Anytime you see a gorgeous building in a National Park, it was likely built by the CCC; likewise, those beautiful old buildings in downtowns all across America were often built by WPA labor.

FDR had good and bad ideas. CCC and WPA worked out pretty well at building infrastructure and employing people when jobs were scarce.

NotClauswitz said...

Before it was "Silicon Valley" this here ditch was known as "Prune Alley" - and apricots, cherries and almonds too. The new industry bulldozed and cleared-out all the orchards and fields.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Prolly picked by the Joads.

Anonymous said...

Appropriate it was prunes!