Working at the Fort Ord Quartermaster Store in 1956

January 27, 1956 newspaper clipping

Aunt Marian did many different things during her 19+ years in the Women’s Army Corps (WACs).  I’m still researching what many of them were, but I do know one thing that she did—she worked in a commissary. Amongst the memorabilia of Aunt Marian’s that I found was this newspaper clipping from January 27, 1956.

The clipping shows Aunt Marian working at the Fort Ord (Monterey Bay, California) Quartermasters Sales Store. Aunt Marian’s handwritten note says:

My boss had me do this. The other girl was not on duty. I have on a green sales jacket.

27 thoughts on “Working at the Fort Ord Quartermaster Store in 1956”

  1. What a nice souvenir. It left me searching my memory: when was the last time a real sales clerk helped me in a store? I can’t remember. They used to be the ones to run back and forth, finding different sizes, a better color, and so on.They didn’t just stand at a cash register and ring up purchases.

    In a way, having sales clerks was like having a fellow provide “full service” at a gas station.

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    1. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a sales clerk who provided lots of assistance. It seems like clerks are few and far between even in the big (somewhat upscale) department stores.

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    1. I hadn’t thought about it in that way before, but now that you say it, I think you are right. She didn’t want family members to think that she was bragging by sharing the newspaper article with them. Times sure have changed. . . I wonder what Aunt Marian would have thought of facebook, selfies, etc.

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  2. Great memento! Interesting that Ms. O’Day enlisted while Hawaii was still a US Territory. I agree with Gallivanta that the note suggests that your aunt did not want to be seen as someone “hogging the limelight”! Wow, does that remind me of my own mom!

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  3. Go Aunt Marian!
    The comment thread about getting help from sales people reminds me of being helped with purchasing shoes. Remember? They’d bring out a stack of boxes of different shoes, in various styles and sizes?
    Haven’t had that happen since I was a child.

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    1. There was so much more emphasis on service back then–and the clerks were very patient . It always seemed like they had an almost endless supply of different styles they could bring out.

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