Photo taken in:BudapestYear when photo was taken:1946Country name at time of photo:HungaryCountry name today:Hungary
This is a price list from my father's shop, from 1946. Dear Customer, The mailman knocks on your door and brings you the first candy price list in forints. We present ourselves again to our dear old customers, most of whom we have been serving for 20 years already. This little note is also a death-notice because my father, Vilmos Rona, and my brother-in-law, Janos Rona, whom you all knew and valued, died during the siege. We have lost irreplaceable colleagues with them. But life goes on, and we present ourselves to provide our dear customers with sweets again. We attach great importance to serve you to your satisfaction as we did in the past. If a fall in the prices of sugar occurs in the meantime, we will put cheaper prices on the invoice. We will ship with cash on delivery, the shipping costs and the production price of the packing will be paid by the customer. Respectfully yours, MIKLOS MOLNAR AND MRS. JANOS RONA My father opened the shop after the liberation. There wasn't any merchandise of course, because the shop had been robbed. Among the stolen merchandise there was licorice, which was wrapped in bay leaves so that it wouldn't go bad. They took the licorice, but they didn't take the bay leaves, a sack full of bay leaves was left there. My father packed the bay leaves in small bags and he sold that. It's amazing how many people wanted to buy bay leaves. A long queue stood in front of the shop. Then he got hold of Mauthner seeds from somewhere. This was a famous seed merchant. He got hold of pepper, tomato and all kinds of seeds, and he sold that. Then he got several rolls of silk, and he sold that. Later the candy makers started to make lollipops again, and that was a great article. My father and my Aunt Margit ran the shop. The shop operated until the nationalization. The nationalization happened in 1948, they didn't even allow my father to go back to get his hat.