teen record store clerk, Carlsbad, New Mexico (1953)

“High school prosperity, pay in trade is taken by Margaret High, 17, who works in music store, spending salary on records.” from Life Magazine, December 1953

I would definitely spend my entire salary in a record store in 1953. That year saw the release of some of the all-time great singles: Big Mama Thornton’s version of “Hound Dog” (perhaps unlikely to be stocked in Carlsbad) , Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” , BB King’s “Please Love Me”, etc.

I hope Margie isn’t buying “The doggie in the window”. Pops in the background looks on a bit too approvingly for my taste.

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