Stop by Barrett Mercantile of Skidmore, Missouri in 1915 for some real bargains on fruit. From the Skidmore New Era, February 18, 1915, page 5:
Indeed, Skidmore must have received a very large supply that week. The R. B. Foster store offered the same bargain, advertised with fewer words in that issue on page 6:
Text of first advertisement: Once More, Sat. Feb. 20th only! Bananas per dozen, 10 cents. Oranges per peck, 35 cents. For Cash Only. Unless market conditions change it will be impossible for us to make these prices again. Oranges are decidedly higher this week, and while this fruit at these prices have represented a big loss to us, still it is a part of the business to spend money for advertising, and we take this method of spending it with our customers. The fact that a great many of our customers have not been able to take advantage of these exceptional bargains, causes us to make this offer again this week. Now just to make sure of your portion of this fruit, phone us just as soon as you see this ad and your order will be reserved for you. With every cash purchase of $2 made at our store on above date we will include one dozen bananas free of charge. We have bought a large supply, but we have discovered that it don’t take long to sell a large amount — so phone your order early. it don’t take all our time to attend to the fruit business. We are improving every department. New items are being added to our bargain counters and at no time in our history have we had such a stock at prices so reasonable. Try our methods — we’ll save you money. Barrett Mercantile Co. “The Store of the People.” “S. & H.” Green Stamps with each cash purchase you make here.