CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It must be cold because the sailor at the checkout register is wearing his pea coat, and note his white uniform cap.
The crowded aisles would not be allowed with today's fire department regulations.
Stores like Hecks had to combat so-called blue laws that forbade open stores on Sundays.
If the sailor goes out to Washington Street and looks a block east he would have seen old Charleston High School -- demolished in 1989.
When I was little, a sailor was often seen wearing his bell-bottom trousers. Now I can't recall the last sailor I saw. Why is that?
The Clay Center is now across Washington Street.