The dish give away was popular in cities and towns throughout the US during the same period. It's well before my time as well but being somewhat of a nostalgia buff, I read Reminisce, Reminisce Extra, The Good Old Days and Looking Back
When I first started with Reminisce years ago, most of the stuff was either before my time or when I was awfully young. But time flies and as I'll be 64 on the 11th, more and more of the stories (all those magazines are either completely or mostly reader written) are ones which which I can totally relate.
For folks our age such publications can become addictive.