Skip to comments.Grocery shopping used to look a lot different
Posted on 02/12/2014 6:07:35 AM PST by US Navy Vet
Sobering but neat vintage photos.
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Proof of the Alternate Universe.
What a great bunch of photos
You have Nothing to Loose by your Chains! You have nothing to Gain but your Freedom!
Yea! And gas stations used to put gas in while they checked your oil and tire pressure....until our commie legislature improved it!!
On the pic of Bennies Grocery - I think it’s the third one - there’s some white writing on the windows.
It seems to have a particular style. A lot of the writing in the Little Rascals had the same attributes.
Curious how it was made and if how it was applied influenced the way it looked. Anyone know? Doesn’t look like it was brushed to me, for example.
Image 11 is incorrectly captioned. It’s a photo our local Super Giant food store in Springfield, Virginia circa 1964. It represented a major change from the way we shopped for groceries prior to that, and was always busy with shoppers. If you look close, there’s a PowderMonkey in the shot. ;)
Great photos. Noticed how thin and healthy looking everyone is.
Picture 24 —
The wall of fresh chicken hanging right across from the fruit and veggies — the health inspector’s nightmare.
I’m an idiot - it’s #7. Says so right below the photo.
I was just going to post that very same picture with the caption.
“The future of grocery shopping under our Communist masters.”
you can thank to minimum wage for ending that as well as a ton of other jobs like doormen and elevator operators.
One improvement...I remember when fruits and vegetables used to be either “In” or “Out” of season....now it seems like everything is available all year round :-)
I clicked thru all 37 photographs and did not see a single Food Stamp. Amazing.
We have an old Piggly Wiggly in my town. I once went there to get some stuff and it was like stepping back into the 50s.
What's for supper? Lard, bones, and grits.
Yep. Liberals screw up everything that they come in contact with. That’s a fact.
>>>>>...ahhhhh....remembering when. :)
“Your prices are too high! Pork chops for 5 rubles? Appalling. The other butcher has them for 2 rubles.”
“So buy them from the other butcher.”
“But he has none.”
“Fine. When I have no more pork chops, I’ll charge 2 rubles also.”
Long as they're salted, we're good...
my brother owns a supermarket in San Jose, and it has top-notch produce, a wonderful meat department with knowledgeable employees who know their meat... a nice bakery with beautiful and tasty pastries, cakes, cookies... and no self-check out... it is smaller than the chain stores, but he does well...
I think it’s done with chalk.
The one good thing about Obama is that a vast library of good soviet jokes can now be re-employed.
BUMP for later.
Well you can move to NJ, they still mandate gas pumpers I believe.
The anti-fat, pro-carb craze in the 80s helped to accelerate our weight gain. It’s almost impossible to find anything similar to how it was prior to then. Everything is “low-fat” or “gluten-free” or otherwise heavily marketed.
The healthiest stuff in the store is usually the most expensive anymore. Sad.
I believe they used either chalk on blackboard wired to the grill guard storefront, then later it was white shoe polish on the glass windows at the time.
I saw that pic and immediately my stomach started growling. NOMS!
Thanks but no thanks......I’m not a big fan of waiting hours to get over a bridge!!
Before the chains like A&P, Grand Union, First National arrived, groceries were bought in true, neighborhood mom & pop grocery store....where *pop* was the butcher...often a first gen immigrant. If mom sent you to the store for something during the week, deviating from her once-a-week shop [usually on Friday when dad got paid] ...the *mom* of the store would write what your parents owed for that loaf of bread, in a well-worn ledger. I recall a dime bought a loaf of Wonder Bread. :)
Oregon is your other option if you’re out west.
I don’t necessarily disagree, but it’s not a lost cause. We CAN get back to our roots, but we need government to get the Hell out of the way of everything and let the market dictate the terms.
I’m pretty well not going to any of the liberal bastions.....I’d rather pump gas!!!
One thing that’s notable is that these old grocery store photos do NOT show any “ready to eat” meanls made at the store that the families just need to heat up. The photos do show a lot of raw ingredients that you have to make into something. We’ve become a nation of people who don’t want to put effort into much of anything, including making dinner.
Your chicken, ducks, geese were sold in a poultry shop, with cases/ crates of live animals..including rabbits. You picked out the one you wanted and went back a couple of hours later and it was killed, dressed and ready for the oven...my brother use to work at the poultry store down at the corner of our street...you knew what you were eating. gas was 19 cents a gallon. (back in the 40’s) and no such thing as a super market. just small stores. This was in Detroit..milkman delivered milk, ice man delivered ice and green grocer in the summer drove a truck down the street with farm fresh veggies and fruits..
Ohh Yeh -- and they were popular -- and you could get a lot of good stuff with them.
Bear in mind that more cashiers were needed back then. Scanners and electronic scales mean a cashier today can do the work of at least ten cashiers from 1970. I remember when stores had more cashiers but I’d spend a lot more time waiting in line.
I didnt see one mega mover fat cart filled with high calorie items! Sorry to offend I mean one handicapped scooter.
That first image looks like the checkout lines at my local Walmart — I wish!
They seldom have more than 3 regular checkout lines open.
My uncle owned a grocery store in my hometown. Young boys’ first job in the 40s and 50s was “sacking groceries.” They could start at age of 12. They sacked and carried groceries to cars.
Very interesting. Thanks for posting! :)
“I didnt see one mega mover fat cart filled with high calorie items”
You mean a “Blubber Round”?
Almost all southern rural communities had one running once a week. Them were hard days back then.
I’ve seen this photo before because i recognize the cars: on the left is a ‘53 chevy model 210 and up front is a four door Hudson Hornet.
And just imagine, every one of those young women was working with a mechanical cash register and a scale. No computers whatsoever.
This required them to actually understand MATH!
Three and a half pounds at thirty-nine cents per pound.
That equation would bring today’s Walmart to a sudden, screeching halt.
You would be surprised at how many folks don’t even keep food in the house. One of our neighbors has four kids. She takes them out three times a day for fast food meals. Each time they return, it’s a blizzard of empty paper bags, burger wrappers, and drink cups strewn everywhere. I have never seen them bring groceries home. Life on the EBT card. There are many like them out there, and they are going to make life hell for all of us when the lights go out.
Nice photos. It’s a shame that so many are not dated.
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