In 1947, California Representative Helen Gahagan Douglas grew concerned about the rising cost of living. To illustrate her point, she went shopping. A photograph taken in a grocery store shows Douglas examining a bag of spinach, her shopping cart piled high with flour, milk, and peas. She argued that those groceries, which she purchased for $15, would have cost only $10 in 1946. The next day, she spilled out a basket of groceries and receipts in the House Chamber as she presented her case to Congress.