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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Chris Pitch
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2 years ago

I think the best thing about this picture is the fact that different races are getting on fine.

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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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Vicky Zar
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2 years ago

Those people would get a heart attack if they were transported into our time

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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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Yvonne Bernal
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2 years ago

The Stepford Wives .... need I say more?! LOL

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#5

Grocery Shopping, 1960s

Grocery Shopping, 1960s

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Tricia F- S
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2 years ago

This was when we had to be PERFECTLY groomed for the lord and master to get home

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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

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Víctor Alfonso García Olmo
Community Member
2 years ago

In Spain, it was a SEAT 600. It was a small car, to the spanish people was like the Ford-T to de US-citizens, our first car!!. My mom had got one. We went to the beach, two moms and 4 kids inside, with all the beach materials!. It´s true! I swear

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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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Caroline Espenschied
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2 years ago

A dark page of american History.

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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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Randomcthulu
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2 years ago

I've shopped there, it's still open in the same location, but modernized of course

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#9

Publix Market In Sarasota, Florida, 1961

Publix Market In Sarasota, Florida, 1961

State Archives of Florida/Steinmetz Report

Casey Smith
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2 years ago

Slug bug! 👊

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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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Community Member
2 years ago

Damn, those hair!

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#11

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

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Cpt Quirk
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2 years ago

Wow progressive male did the grocery shopping and pushed the pram around....

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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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Pudingovina
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2 years ago

Ooh I would love to go there. So nice!

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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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Mimi
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2 years ago

Dang! That guy is handsome :)

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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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Yvonne Bernal
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2 years ago

9¢ a lb. for ground beef? That was cheap, even for the 1940's

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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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Cpt Quirk
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2 years ago

It's great u could leave a kid outside. They were disciplined enough to not run away. And at least they wouldn't get kidnapped.

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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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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Where to start here? Traumatized Chihuahuas, girl in bathing suit and... what did Jayne buy?

Claudia Machado
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2 years ago

She bought a bathing suit and two dogs.

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Morgan
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2 years ago

Posing rather than shopping

diane a
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2 years ago

Such a shame what happened to her

diane a
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2 years ago

Her daughte Mariska Hargitay is also beautiful

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Emma B
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2 years ago

That is a professional appearance!

Tal Malka
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2 years ago

She could break the internet today!

Chyppa Homer
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2 years ago

Dogs were groceries back then...apparently (maybe she wanted to make hot-dogs from scratch :D)

Jim Long
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2 years ago

Melons in aisle 4.. aisle 5... now aisle 6

Moo Moo Futch
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2 years ago

At least her breasts aren't hanging out on a table!

Tony Moon
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2 years ago

How exactly did she put anything in her cart carrying those two rat dogs around?

Dirgni San
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2 years ago

Please! Those re called breasts!

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pantrygirl
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2 years ago

The bathing suit girl has the reaction I would have.

Diver Driver
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2 years ago

Hey that is a liquor store.

BusLady
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2 years ago

A child in a liquor store? Times have changed. 🍹🍻🍷🍸

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anarkzie
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2 years ago

This historic photo marks the turning point that the good witch of the south blessed the world with colour before this the whole world was black and white, at least that's what I thin is going on here.

Lynn Reading
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2 years ago

...in sequins. With Chihuahuas. If I were the girl in the suit I would chew my nails, too.

Amazon QT
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2 years ago

Jan Mansfield!!! What a treat for a Grocery Store shopper!!

Sharon Vaughn
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2 years ago

That "swimsuit" is actually a sunsuit. I wore them when I was a kid.

Marc E. Waddell, Ph.D.
Community Member
2 years ago

The girl in the back may be thinking..."My God, what if I grow up to look like her" or "My God, what if I don't grow up to look like her." Cognitive dissonance on her face.

Robin Gillmore
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2 years ago

two dogs and a case of Golden Glow please.....

Victoria Lillich
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2 years ago

Those poor pups and that traumatized girl!

Alex Pritchett
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1 year ago

They let dogs in a food store? And dont throw up stress dog bullshit. No such thing back then.

Lori Sloan
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2 years ago

That is what I wear when I go shopping.

Beks Czar
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2 years ago

Take that, Paris Hilton.

Calum Sanderson
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2 years ago

I've heard of her name but damn she is a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe. I'm assuming that's why she's a household name (or vice versa).

Viktoria Zellner
Community Member
2 years ago

this is kitsch versus realitiy

Me!
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2 years ago

The Paris Hilton of her day

Marlene Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

Jeeze what the hell. Shes in a evening gown. Some stupid publicity stunt.

Renee C. Radclyffe
Community Member
2 years ago

Where are her children?????

Rosemary Turpin
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, I see she had a carry-on Chihuahua even back then!

Karen Dyer
Community Member
2 years ago

That was a great year. Feel for you two pups.

Lindsay Wilson
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2 years ago

And I honestly thought Paris Hilton invented handbag dogs!

Kelly Routzahn
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2 years ago

Doesn't look like a grocery store to me

Kathleen Nelson
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2 years ago

That's a liquor store!

rustic raven
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2 years ago

Let's start with the girl in the bathing suit >;=]]

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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2 years ago

I bet those chihuahuas peed all over the floor and Jayne gave no f*@ks

Janetinabasket
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2 years ago

That's a liquor store.

Donald Holder
Community Member
2 years ago

What's with the hat?!

Lizzie
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah - What about that kid in the bathing suit.....

Linda Brown
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2 years ago

I love the pups

Aprilmarie Ladora
Community Member
2 years ago

such a pretty shopper dogs r cute

Fsociety
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2 years ago

Paris Hilton chihuahua

ispeak catanese
Community Member
2 years ago

I lived in Vegas, and seeing adult "entertainers"' at the market or Walmart was kinda like this, except more hoochie, less sequins.

lia minou
Community Member
2 years ago

ow i love her dress!!♥

Janine B.
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like she's wearing a pretty funny hat. 😂

Rob Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

Mariska Hargitay's mom. This was about 5 years before she was born, and 8 years before Jayne lost her life in that tragic car accident.

BusLady
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2 years ago

OMG! It's Paris Hilton! Oh, wait.......

glowworm2
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2 years ago

I'm surprised the dogs were allowed in the store.

Basil
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2 years ago

Look at that woman. Are you really surprised???

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

Shopping is a fun getaway

Jared Cravens
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2 years ago

Those dogs died with her in her wreck

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#19

Supermarket In 1960s

Supermarket In 1960s

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Troux
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2 years ago

As a frequent Publix shopper, I know they kept those floors for at least 40 years. Must be durable!

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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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Chyppa Homer
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2 years ago

Oh, look, Tide ! No one knew about it`s nutritional value back then :D

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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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Iván Galarraga
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2 years ago

Home is where your Grocery is

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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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Iván Galarraga
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2 years ago

Man, those cans where tough stuff

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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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Brigitta Swart
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2 years ago

I love the wooden crates

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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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diane a
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2 years ago

Quaker Oats - been around forever

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#28

Food Shopping And Mini-Skirts, 1970

Food Shopping And Mini-Skirts, 1970

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Victor Vakaras
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2 years ago

Looks like a shirt and tights.

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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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Alusair Alustriel
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2 years ago

This one looks so staged....

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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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Dark Half
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2 years ago

those feather dusters are genuine.

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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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Janet Allison
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2 years ago

Is a wedding happening back left?

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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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birdhouse
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2 years ago

I can't believe our parents dressed us like that.

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#35

Kings Supermarket, 1950s

Kings Supermarket, 1950s

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Emma B
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2 years ago

I remember round conveyors!

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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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Kevin Donegan
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2 years ago

I was a box boy! He looks much cooler than I was though.

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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

Emma B
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow! That's a mouthful to say!

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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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Debra Lewis
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2 years ago

Man looks like he’s saying “How dare you people charge 28 cents for this box of aspirin?!” ..... “Well, sir I just work here”

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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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Cat on a bike
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2 years ago

the cars are so beautiful!

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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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Sally Appleton
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2 years ago

Her name is At?

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#42

Grocery Cart, 1974

Grocery Cart, 1974

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Patrick McKenna
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2 years ago

that glass bottle schwepps looks good.

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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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Troux
Community Member
2 years ago

Screaming Yellow Zonkers! That's a throwback! I don't know what Cheddar Taters are, but I need them in my life even if I don't need them in my bloodstream.

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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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spirit wolf
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2 years ago

They had something to do, they learned to work and have fun with friends... unlike your spoiled rotten kids who are glued to thier phones and video games 24/7... so to hell with your child labor BS

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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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Dark Half
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2 years ago

1 cent, the prices though

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#47

Ralph's Supermarket, Los Angeles, 1942

Ralph's Supermarket, Los Angeles, 1942

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Emma B
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2 years ago

Even back then people didn't know how to park properly. Look at the car second to the right of those people walking to the store; it's parked over the line lol

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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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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
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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JillVille
Community Member
2 years ago

I grew up in a home that ran a Fire Safety business. The first thing I noticed here was the possible sprinkler blockage by stacking this so close to the ceiling. Then I realize there aren't any sprinklers showing at all... hahaha of course that's what I'd notice. Ugh!

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#50

Sunkist Grocery Store Display, 1940s

Sunkist Grocery Store Display, 1940s

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anarkzie
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2 years ago

The maskcot looks evil, like it's poisoned the orange and is trying to get you to eat it.

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#51

Grocery Store Window, Dubuque, Iowa, 1940

Grocery Store Window, Dubuque, Iowa, 1940

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
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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Carol Williams
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2 years ago

I remember when Listerine came in those round paper things...

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#53

Kroger Grocery Store, Lexington, Kentucky, 1947

Kroger Grocery Store, Lexington, Kentucky, 1947

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BobbyK
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2 years ago

As "Advertised in Life"

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#54

Cooperative Store At Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Cooperative Store At Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938