While most of us grew up with supermarkets and shopping malls already existing; some of us remember the family-run grocery stores where your options were often limited. Others might even have had the chance to grow their own food, but once general stores grew bigger and became more convenient, there was no way back. Still, the consumerist lifestyle as we know it didn't happen overnight, and we got where we are now gradually.

Bored Panda has collected a series of vintage photos that take you through different grocery stores across America in the olden days. It’s safe to say we came a long way from grocery shopping in our Sunday best to browsing the aisles in our PJs. But of course, it is only one of many ways shopping malls have changed. From wider aisles and more elegant stores to small homegrown businesses, these cool photos reflect a very vintage life. Take a look at all the interesting photos from a long time ago below and don’t forget to upvote for your favs!

#1

Country Store On Dirt Road. Note The Kerosene Pump On The Right And The Gasoline Pump On The Left. Brother Of Store Owner Stands In Doorway. Gordonton, North Carolina, 1939

Country Store On Dirt Road. Note The Kerosene Pump On The Right And The Gasoline Pump On The Left. Brother Of Store Owner Stands In Doorway. Gordonton, North Carolina, 1939

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Kirsten Lockwood
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2 years ago

They got some Coke😋

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#2

The Grocery Store Of The Late 19th Century, USA

The Grocery Store Of The Late 19th Century, USA

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Only elegant customers allowed!

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#3

1980, When Every Soft Drink Bottle On The Shelf Was Still Glass

1980, When Every Soft Drink Bottle On The Shelf Was Still Glass

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

And kids could be trusted with handling those bottles....

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#4

Cashiers At The Piggly Wiggly Continental, Encino, California, 1962

Cashiers At The Piggly Wiggly Continental, Encino, California, 1962

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

The King inspecting the troops

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#5

Grocery Shopping, 1960s

Grocery Shopping, 1960s

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

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While these hooligans...what did I just say about style, ladies???

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#6

Publix Supermarkets Showcased Their Wide Aisles And A Self-Service Dairy Case By Driving A Shopper Around A New Store In A Tiny Car, Circa 1957

Publix Supermarkets Showcased Their Wide Aisles And A Self-Service Dairy Case By Driving A Shopper Around A New Store In A Tiny Car, Circa 1957

Publix Supermarkets Report

Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

I need one of these to do my shopping...

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#7

A Large Sign Reading "I Am An American" Placed In The Window Of A Store, On December 8, The Day After Pearl Harbor. The Business Was Owned By The Matsuda Family. The Store Was Closed Following Orders To Persons Of Japanese Descent To Evacuate From Certain West Coast Areas

A Large Sign Reading "I Am An American" Placed In The Window Of A Store, On December 8, The Day After Pearl Harbor. The Business Was Owned By The Matsuda Family. The Store Was Closed Following Orders To Persons Of Japanese Descent To Evacuate From Certain West Coast Areas

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Things never change.

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#8

Interior Of The Original Piggly Wiggly Self-Service Grocery Store, Memphis, Tennessee. The First Self Service Grocery Store, Opened 1916. Picture From 1918

Interior Of The Original Piggly Wiggly Self-Service Grocery Store, Memphis, Tennessee. The First Self Service Grocery Store, Opened 1916. Picture From 1918

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

Looks like a maze

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#9

Publix Market In Sarasota, Florida, 1961

Publix Market In Sarasota, Florida, 1961

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

And the most popular car award goes to....

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#10

Two Women Shopping In An American Supermarket, Circa 1970

Two Women Shopping In An American Supermarket, Circa 1970

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Shopping properly dressed in style... while nowadays...

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#11

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Kid was hungry!

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#12

My Great Great Grandparents At The Counter Of Their Grocery Store In Bremerton, Washington (1925)

My Great Great Grandparents At The Counter Of Their Grocery Store In Bremerton, Washington (1925)

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

So neat!

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#13

James Dean Shopping For Groceries In Marfa, TX, 1955

James Dean Shopping For Groceries In Marfa, TX, 1955

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

While all these people were watching him from outside...

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#14

Jitney Jungle Checkout Clerk Billy Barineau In Tallahassee, 1962

Jitney Jungle Checkout Clerk Billy Barineau In Tallahassee, 1962

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ADHORTATOR
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2 years ago

when cahiers had to have strong fingers and a good memory...

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#15

My Great Grandfather Standing In His Grocery Store, Evansville, IN, 1960

My Great Grandfather Standing In His Grocery Store, Evansville, IN, 1960

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Veggies first!

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#16

Man And Dogs In Front Of Grocery Store, Robinson, Illinois, 1940

Man And Dogs In Front Of Grocery Store, Robinson, Illinois, 1940

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Cute little doggies!!!

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#17

Children In Front Of Grocery Store, Chicago, Illinois, 1941

Children In Front Of Grocery Store, Chicago, Illinois, 1941

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

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Most likely not allowed in the store...

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#18

Jayne Mansfield Grocery Shopping In Las Vegas, 1959

Jayne Mansfield Grocery Shopping In Las Vegas, 1959

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

Shopping is a fun getaway

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#19

Supermarket In 1960s

Supermarket In 1960s

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Publix!

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#20

Working Mother Jennie Magill Shopping With Her Children At The Super Market, 1956

Working Mother Jennie Magill Shopping With Her Children At The Super Market, 1956

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Some things never change...

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#21

My 2nd Great Grandmother Opening Her Store In Cincinnati, Ohio

My 2nd Great Grandmother Opening Her Store In Cincinnati, Ohio

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

And everybody and everything looks quite clean!

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#22

Home Turned Into Grocery Store, Omaha, Nebraska, 1938

Home Turned Into Grocery Store, Omaha, Nebraska, 1938

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Well, it´s still Home.Grocery.

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#23

The Super Giant Supermarket In Rockville, Maryland, 1964

The Super Giant Supermarket In Rockville, Maryland, 1964

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Not so giant now..

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#24

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Love the curls!

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#25

Working At A General Store, 1973

Working At A General Store, 1973

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Vintage Coke!

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#26

Tulip Town Market, Grove Center By James Edward Westcott, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, July 4, 1945

Tulip Town Market, Grove Center By James Edward Westcott, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, July 4, 1945

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Looked like a dark place... and those crates look heavy!

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#27

Buying Groceries In Store At Blankenship, Indiana, 1938

Buying Groceries In Store At Blankenship, Indiana, 1938

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

No veggies??

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#28

Food Shopping And Mini-Skirts, 1970

Food Shopping And Mini-Skirts, 1970

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

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And the photographer decide to take that shot from a different angle...

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#29

Three Women Talking In Frozen Food Aisle Of Supermarket, 1950s

Three Women Talking In Frozen Food Aisle Of Supermarket, 1950s

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

The lady with the hat wearing gloves !

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#30

Mayfair Supermarket Cookie Display, 1950s

Mayfair Supermarket Cookie Display, 1950s

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Emma B
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2 years ago

"COOKIE PARADE"!!!! That is what I'm calling dessert from now on, no matter what!

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#31

Proprietor Of Small Grocery Store, Jeanerette, Louisiana, 1938

Proprietor Of Small Grocery Store, Jeanerette, Louisiana, 1938

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Your place to buy coffee.

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#32

Kroger Grocery Store, Lexington Kentucky, 1947, By Lafayette Studio

Kroger Grocery Store, Lexington Kentucky, 1947, By Lafayette Studio

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

The lady in that huge dark coat looks suspicious

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#33

1920 Interior View Of A Chicago Grocery

1920 Interior View Of A Chicago Grocery

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

OCD employees only

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#34

Shopping In The Cooperative Grocery Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1942 (Colorized)

Shopping In The Cooperative Grocery Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1942 (Colorized)

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Kid couldn´t wait to get those cookies!

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#35

Kings Supermarket, 1950s

Kings Supermarket, 1950s

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

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...and still eating the same stuff...

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#36

Interior Of A Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, 1959

Interior Of A Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, 1959

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Tiffany Sanders
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2 years ago

When's the last time anyone bought Pyrex for 79¢

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#37

Box-Boy In A Small Rural Grocery Store In Southeast Idaho, 1972

Box-Boy In A Small Rural Grocery Store In Southeast Idaho, 1972

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

C h o c o l a t e !!!

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#38

Dairy Counter At Clark's, A Grocery, Drug, Sundries, And Department Store And Lunch Counter, Charlotte, NC, 1962 Or 1963

Dairy Counter At Clark's, A Grocery, Drug, Sundries, And Department Store And Lunch Counter, Charlotte, NC, 1962 Or 1963

General Negative Collection, North Carolina State Archives Report

Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

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Buy PET !

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#39

Scene In The Cooperative Store At Irwinville Farms, Georgia, 1938

Scene In The Cooperative Store At Irwinville Farms, Georgia, 1938

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

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Those hats don´t match.

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#40

Grocery Store Parking Lot, West Covina, CA, 1959

Grocery Store Parking Lot, West Covina, CA, 1959

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

They managed to take the picture without people in it...

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#41

At Nixon, Wife Of VP, Grocery Shopping With Her Daughters Julie And Tricia, 1958

At Nixon, Wife Of VP, Grocery Shopping With Her Daughters Julie And Tricia, 1958

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

PPPPPat!!!

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#42

Grocery Cart, 1974

Grocery Cart, 1974

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Health was not a concern here.

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#43

Vintage Trade Ad With Ruffles Potato Chips, Flings, Etc. At A Checkout

Vintage Trade Ad With Ruffles Potato Chips, Flings, Etc. At A Checkout

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

And you are on your way to a heart attack with that kind of food...

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#44

Delivery Vans, 1942 Style, Line Up Outside A Greenbelt, Maryland, Grocery Store Awaiting Customers

Delivery Vans, 1942 Style, Line Up Outside A Greenbelt, Maryland, Grocery Store Awaiting Customers

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Kids were having fun those days...

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#45

Interior Of Northland Foods, Thief River Falls, MN, In The 70's

Interior Of Northland Foods, Thief River Falls, MN, In The 70's

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Before the arrival of plastic bags...

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#46

Grand Grocery Company, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942

Grand Grocery Company, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Northeast corner of P Street and North 10th Street. http://www.sepiatown.com/812375-Grand-Grocery-Co.-Corner-Store

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#47

Ralph's Supermarket, Los Angeles, 1942

Ralph's Supermarket, Los Angeles, 1942

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Everybody driving the same car!

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#48

U-Pak Kmart No Frills Supermarket Pontiac, Michigan, 1979

U-Pak Kmart No Frills Supermarket Pontiac, Michigan, 1979

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2 years ago

wow, the lady on the left must be very tall!

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#49

Duke's Mayonnaise Jars Assembled In A Display At Cozart's Grocery Store, 1965

Duke's Mayonnaise Jars Assembled In A Display At Cozart's Grocery Store, 1965

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Customer: "I want that jar, the one above your head, please"

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#50

Sunkist Grocery Store Display, 1940s

Sunkist Grocery Store Display, 1940s

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

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Oranges were glued for sure.

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#51

Grocery Store Window, Dubuque, Iowa, 1940

Grocery Store Window, Dubuque, Iowa, 1940

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Who-o Who-o ! This will make a nice T-shirt!

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#52

At The Grocery Store, 1950s

At The Grocery Store, 1950s

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Toothbrushes

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#53

Kroger Grocery Store, Lexington, Kentucky, 1947

Kroger Grocery Store, Lexington, Kentucky, 1947

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Thanksgiving season?

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#54

Cooperative Store At Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Cooperative Store At Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

It must have been so uncomfortable

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#55

Store Operated By John Zabala Until 1979

Store Operated By John Zabala Until 1979

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

It looks so empty. Must be 1979.

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#56

Cigarette And Cigar Displays (Camel, L&M, Etc...) At Clark's, A Grocery, Drug, Sundries, And Department Store And Lunch Counter, Charlotte, NC, 1962 Or 1963

Cigarette And Cigar Displays (Camel, L&M, Etc...) At Clark's, A Grocery, Drug, Sundries, And Department Store And Lunch Counter, Charlotte, NC, 1962 Or 1963

General Negative Collection, North Carolina State Archives Report

Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

When smoking was not a big deal.

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#57

Boy On Porch Of General Store, Roseland, Virginia, 1938

Boy On Porch Of General Store, Roseland, Virginia, 1938

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Emma B
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2 years ago

is he smoking?

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#58

Rear Of Grocery Store, Baltimore, Maryland, 1938

Rear Of Grocery Store, Baltimore, Maryland, 1938

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Meike Wingelsdorf
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2 years ago

Maybe it`s me, but i see Softdrinks, Cookies, Cereals in the Food Carts, but almost no overweight people. What happenned? Also i see little packaging and no plastic bags. It is possible to avoid trash while shopping. Ah! Good old times!

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#59

My Dad Doing Groceries During His High School Exchange Year In Michigan, 1962

My Dad Doing Groceries During His High School Exchange Year In Michigan, 1962

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Ohio Hands
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2 years ago

Hi-C!

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#60

Houchens Grocery Store, Kentucky, C. 1950s

Houchens Grocery Store, Kentucky, C. 1950s

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

What were those men up to?

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#61

Interior View Of A Ralphs Grocery Store At An Unknown Location In Los Angeles In November 1943, Showing The Check-Out Counter And Cash Register

Interior View Of A Ralphs Grocery Store At An Unknown Location In Los Angeles In November 1943, Showing The Check-Out Counter And Cash Register

Los Angeles Public Library Report

Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

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Shopping was a simple business back then.

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