Five Cents Plain

Posted by James Briggs on July 19, 2003

In Reply to: Five Cents Plain posted by R. Berg on July 18, 2003

: : I have heard and seen the expression "Five Cents Plain" scralled in chalk on overpasses when I was a kid butI believe it belonged to my father's generation. I have always believed that it had to do with bulk candy that used to be sold in apothacary jars in the old time candy stores. Does someone hear know the actual meaning?

: "For Two Cents Plain" is the title of a book by Harry Golden. It refers to the price of a large glass of seltzer water without flavoring, during his childhood. Apparently the price has gone up.

In Victorian Britain childrens' comic papers were sold as 'penny plain, tu'penny coloured'. Could it be that '5c plain' has the same basis?