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

Mimis Nachbarin
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2 years ago

Everybody born before 1900 would get a heart attack if transported into our time...

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

Is that Harriet Oleson?

Hisseefit
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2 years ago

It's Nels. Harriet is just out of the picture telling Caroline that brown eggs aren't worth as much as white eggs.

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Robin Gillmore
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2 years ago

A packet of biscuits and the right to vote please

Rich Auntie Skeleton
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2 years ago

LOL!!

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 years ago

Shopping in a corset. Fun times.

Amazon QT
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2 years ago

LOL 😆😆

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Dusty Brown
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2 years ago

I remember stores like that. The storekeeper or clerk went and got you everything, you just stood there and waited, or they would bring it to your house. Those stores smelled great.

Flavia Slag
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2 years ago

remember the big wood barrel of pickels!

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Jess 💖 Yass
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2 years ago

this is so neatly organized! it just warms my heart for some reason!

Sian
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2 years ago

it's stunning

A Little Light Arson
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2 years ago

Love the moustache.

Marnee DeRider
Community Member
2 years ago

I SO WISH I could just show up to a store with a list, and have everything handed to me. I despise wandering stores trying to find things. (But I also don't like shopping for most things online.)

Rich Auntie Skeleton
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2 years ago

That would be nice!

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Joann Barry
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2 years ago

Can you imagine how hot those dresses were?

Emilija Juškovė
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2 years ago

That posture!

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

"I'll get a loaf of bread, flour, nuts and a can of been and please put in on my tab".

Donald Holder
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2 years ago

Even then the women dressed up to go to the store.

Paul Longenecker
Community Member
2 years ago

Look how far that we have progressed , all by the grace of God !

Lara Verne
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2 years ago

It looks like early 20th century, edwardian fashion.

BusLady
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2 years ago

I bet they didn't have much shoplifting.

Allen Miller
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1 year ago

Such class and respect

Marvin Doolin - Poppa
Community Member
2 years ago

Except for the clothes, it looks a lot like Nagel's (sp?) store in Renault, IL shortly after WWII.

Charlie
Community Member
2 years ago

When I visited Perth, Australia in 1990, I was shocked at how small the grocery stores were and how far and wide they were placed, The fact was they have such a limited selection on everything that it made me realize, as an American, we are so spoiled for choices and prices! Instead of having just 3 kinds of toothpaste to choose from like they do, we have a whole aisle to chose over 30 brands and even types of toothpaste! (just one example).

Mishte Tine
Community Member
2 years ago

The Dime Store where I grew up looked exactly like this, well taken care of. It was mainly a pharmacy if I recall - candy, cheap toys, greeting cards, OCT medicine, beauty products, etc. This looks like a druggist’s shop to me...

Christina Sersif
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanks to Piggly Wiggly for changing the grocery store concept. Rather than go inside and tell the merchant what they wanted they could go aisle to aisle to do it.

Aprilmarie Ladora
Community Member
2 years ago

ur right so passeive they were but at least they had a store right

Phyllis Lane
Community Member
2 years ago

Before Piggly Wiggly started the Help Yourself grocery.

Bored Office Girl
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2 years ago

I wish that the guys at the counters nowadays had mustaches like that....

Daniela Berg
Community Member
2 years ago

They still look like this in Nicaragua!!!

Molly Block
Community Member
2 years ago

You can SEE the goods, but no ma'am, you absolutely may NOT touch them until you purchase them.

Bill
Community Member
2 years ago

Back before shoplifting

Den Star
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder about the folks who came to the west coast in a covered wagon.... if they could come forward in time to see California now, they would be utterly shocked. I adore this picture. I wish I had all the old tins.

Hańka
Community Member
2 years ago

So beautiful...

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
2 years ago

There we could buy cocaine....

Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

Only elegant customers allowed!

Luisa Vasconcelos
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2 years ago

I would have a heart attack if I were transported to that time.

Luisa Vasconcelos
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2 years ago

O Ooooh I would be a slave.😭

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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?

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

LOL that watermelon needs its own cart

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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
Community Member
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

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
2 years ago

Today, the tobacco products are under lock and key.

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#57

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

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