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

Dorothea Lange Report

Chris Pitch
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

skipperbob Report

Vicky Zar
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Dave Aldrich Report

Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

notbob1959 Report

#5

Grocery Shopping, 1960s

Grocery Shopping, 1960s

skipperbob Report

Tricia F- S
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Publix Supermarkets Report

Víctor Alfonso García Olmo
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Dorothea Lange Report

#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

Clarence H. Saunders Report

Randomcthulu
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#10

Two Women Shopping In An American Supermarket, Circa 1970

Two Women Shopping In An American Supermarket, Circa 1970

H. Armstrong Roberts Report

#11

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Marion Post Wolcott Report

Cpt Quirk
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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)

PavementBlues Report

#13

James Dean Shopping For Groceries In Marfa, TX, 1955

James Dean Shopping For Groceries In Marfa, TX, 1955

Richard C. Miller Report

Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Tallahassee Democrat collection Report

#15

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

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

CincyNat Report

#16

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

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

John Vachon Report

Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Russell Lee Report

Cpt Quirk
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

the60sbazaar Report

Troux
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Grey Villet Report

#21

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

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

Edonlin2004 Report

Chyppa Homer
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

John Vachon Report

#23

The Super Giant Supermarket In Rockville, Maryland, 1964

The Super Giant Supermarket In Rockville, Maryland, 1964

John Dominis Report

#24

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Shopping In Coop Store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Marion Post Wolcott Report

#25

Working At A General Store, 1973

Working At A General Store, 1973

Meunderwears Report

#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

National Archives, General Records of the Department of Energy Report

#27

Buying Groceries In Store At Blankenship, Indiana, 1938

Buying Groceries In Store At Blankenship, Indiana, 1938

Arthur Rothstein Report

#28

Food Shopping And Mini-Skirts, 1970

Food Shopping And Mini-Skirts, 1970

Brett Streutker Report

#29

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

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

Camerique/ClassicStock Report

#30

Mayfair Supermarket Cookie Display, 1950s

Mayfair Supermarket Cookie Display, 1950s

Roadsidepictures Report

Emma B
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"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

Russell Lee Report

#32

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

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

michaelconfoy Report

#33

1920 Interior View Of A Chicago Grocery

1920 Interior View Of A Chicago Grocery

twixonurface Report

#34

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

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

shorpy.com Report

birdhouse
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#36

Interior Of A Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, 1959

Interior Of A Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, 1959

14thCenturyHood Report

#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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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

#39

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

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

John Vachon Report

Debra Lewis
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

KubrickIsMyCopilot Report

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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

Hank Walker Report

#42

Grocery Cart, 1974

Grocery Cart, 1974

14thCenturyHood Report

#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

Jon Anderson Report

Troux
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Ann Rosener Report

spirit wolf
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Pennington County Historical Society Report

#46

Grand Grocery Company, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942

Grand Grocery Company, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942

John Vachon Report

#47

Ralph's Supermarket, Los Angeles, 1942

Ralph's Supermarket, Los Angeles, 1942

I_POST_ON_WEDNESDAYS Report

Emma B
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Phillip Pessar Report

ADHORTATOR
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Joyner Library Report

JillVille
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Dan Goodsell Report

anarkzie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

John Vachon Report

#52

At The Grocery Store, 1950s

At The Grocery Store, 1950s

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Carol Williams
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

michaelconfoy Report

#54

Cooperative Store At Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Cooperative Store At Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

Marion Post Wolcott Report

#55

Store Operated By John Zabala Until 1979

Store Operated By John Zabala Until 1979

Carl Fleischhauer Report

#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

#57

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

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