Monday, August 11, 2008

[nilesfunnies] William Penn

William Penn, the founder and mayor of Philadelphia, had two aunts:
Hattie and Sophia, who were skilled in the baking arts. "Big Bill" was
petitioned by the citizens of his town because the three bakeries in the
town had during the Revolution raised the price of pies to the point
that only the rich could afford them.

He turned to his aunts and asked their advice. The wonderful old ladies
were so incensed over this situation that they offered to bake 100 pies
and sell them for 2 cents lower that any of the bakeries were charging.

They were not only successful in bringing the price of pastry down in
Philadelphia, but they established an historical item for the reference

To this day, scholars still talk about the remarkable pie rates of
Penn's aunts.