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Grocery shopping used to look a lot different
Houston Chronicle ^ | February 11, 2014 | Carrie Taylor

Posted on 02/12/2014 6:07:35 AM PST by US Navy Vet

Sobering but neat vintage photos.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.chron.com ...


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Sad as to just WHAT this country has turned into. "THANK You", LBJ, Wilson, FDR, Bush(s), Kennedy's, Carter, Clinton, Obama.
1 posted on 02/12/2014 6:07:35 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet
Cash Registers WITH Cashiers manning them?

Proof of the Alternate Universe.

2 posted on 02/12/2014 6:10:02 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: US Navy Vet

What a great bunch of photos


3 posted on 02/12/2014 6:11:46 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk; US Navy Vet
Comrades!

You have Nothing to Loose by your Chains! You have nothing to Gain but your Freedom!


4 posted on 02/12/2014 6:13:15 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yea! And gas stations used to put gas in while they checked your oil and tire pressure....until our commie legislature improved it!!


5 posted on 02/12/2014 6:17:21 AM PST by ontap
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


6 posted on 02/12/2014 6:17:26 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: US Navy Vet

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. ;)


7 posted on 02/12/2014 6:17:56 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: US Navy Vet

Great photos. Noticed how thin and healthy looking everyone is.


8 posted on 02/12/2014 6:19:54 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: US Navy Vet

Picture 24 —

The wall of fresh chicken hanging right across from the fruit and veggies — the health inspector’s nightmare.


9 posted on 02/12/2014 6:22:09 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: chrisser

I’m an idiot - it’s #7. Says so right below the photo.


10 posted on 02/12/2014 6:23:18 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: KC_Lion

I was just going to post that very same picture with the caption.

“The future of grocery shopping under our Communist masters.”


11 posted on 02/12/2014 6:23:47 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: ontap

you can thank to minimum wage for ending that as well as a ton of other jobs like doormen and elevator operators.


12 posted on 02/12/2014 6:24:11 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: US Navy Vet

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 :-)


13 posted on 02/12/2014 6:25:17 AM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: US Navy Vet

I clicked thru all 37 photographs and did not see a single Food Stamp. Amazing.


14 posted on 02/12/2014 6:25:48 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


15 posted on 02/12/2014 6:27:22 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: US Navy Vet

What's for supper? Lard, bones, and grits.

16 posted on 02/12/2014 6:27:46 AM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yep. Liberals screw up everything that they come in contact with. That’s a fact.


17 posted on 02/12/2014 6:27:55 AM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

sfl


18 posted on 02/12/2014 6:27:57 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: ontap
Often you would get a dish of some sort , or drinking glass or S&H stamps with a fill-up.

>>>>>...ahhhhh....remembering when. :)

19 posted on 02/12/2014 6:30:24 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: KC_Lion

“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.”


20 posted on 02/12/2014 6:30:24 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: iowamark
What's for supper? Lard, bones, and grits.

Long as they're salted, we're good...

21 posted on 02/12/2014 6:31:57 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: US Navy Vet
i do not think it looks all that different... i supposed it depends on where one shops... if one goes to buy groceries from WalMart, then yes... however, places like Harris Teeter, Zanotto's, Dragers, Lowes and even Whole Foods have that aura about them... other than the prices, of course...

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...

22 posted on 02/12/2014 6:33:14 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: chrisser

I think it’s done with chalk.


23 posted on 02/12/2014 6:35:45 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ctdonath2

The one good thing about Obama is that a vast library of good soviet jokes can now be re-employed.


24 posted on 02/12/2014 6:37:37 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: US Navy Vet

BUMP for later.


25 posted on 02/12/2014 6:38:54 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: ontap

Well you can move to NJ, they still mandate gas pumpers I believe.


26 posted on 02/12/2014 6:40:53 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: RoosterRedux

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.


27 posted on 02/12/2014 6:41:01 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: chrisser

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.


28 posted on 02/12/2014 6:44:32 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: chrisser


29 posted on 02/12/2014 6:45:11 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Uncle Chip

I saw that pic and immediately my stomach started growling. NOMS!


30 posted on 02/12/2014 6:45:41 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: nascarnation

Thanks but no thanks......I’m not a big fan of waiting hours to get over a bridge!!


31 posted on 02/12/2014 6:47:19 AM PST by ontap
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To: Gaffer
There are places like that [still] in New England. Great fun!

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. :)


32 posted on 02/12/2014 6:47:35 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: rarestia
The America of today looks like a Botero painting...


33 posted on 02/12/2014 6:47:46 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: ontap

Oregon is your other option if you’re out west.


34 posted on 02/12/2014 6:49:54 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: RoosterRedux

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.


35 posted on 02/12/2014 6:50:01 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: nascarnation

I’m pretty well not going to any of the liberal bastions.....I’d rather pump gas!!!


36 posted on 02/12/2014 6:52:49 AM PST by ontap
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


37 posted on 02/12/2014 6:53:43 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: iowamark

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..


38 posted on 02/12/2014 6:55:24 AM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: Daffynition
S&H stamps

Ohh Yeh -- and they were popular -- and you could get a lot of good stuff with them.

39 posted on 02/12/2014 6:55:58 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: KC_Lion

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.


40 posted on 02/12/2014 6:58:27 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: US Navy Vet

I didn’t see one mega mover fat cart filled with high calorie items! Sorry to offend I mean one handicapped scooter.


41 posted on 02/12/2014 6:59:06 AM PST by shoff (Vote Democratic it beats thinking!)
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To: US Navy Vet

That first image looks like the checkout lines at my local Walmart — I wish!

They seldom have more than 3 regular checkout lines open.


42 posted on 02/12/2014 6:59:44 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: KC_Lion

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.


43 posted on 02/12/2014 7:02:40 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Very interesting. Thanks for posting! :)


44 posted on 02/12/2014 7:05:26 AM PST by MissTed ( Private Tagline - Do Not Read!)
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To: shoff

“I didn’t see one mega mover fat cart filled with high calorie items”

You mean a “Blubber Round”?


45 posted on 02/12/2014 7:06:35 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: US Navy Vet
Remember these ,,growing up in the country 20+ miles from town, The rolling store was a treat for the 5cent cup of ice cream and all day suckers, flour,coffee,sugar and other basic food items that had to wait for the monthly trip to town.

Almost all southern rural communities had one running once a week. Them were hard days back then.

46 posted on 02/12/2014 7:06:37 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Daffynition

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.

CC


47 posted on 02/12/2014 7:10:32 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: TomGuy

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.


48 posted on 02/12/2014 7:12:45 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

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.


49 posted on 02/12/2014 7:18:53 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: US Navy Vet

Nice photos. It’s a shame that so many are not dated.


50 posted on 02/12/2014 7:37:59 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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