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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

The Corner Store: 1923

The Corner Store: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Seventh and Kennedy." Note the bakery-delivery bread boxes. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Sorry, but it hasn't improved!

Looks as if they did finally rent out the other four storefronts, though.

Safer Times

If you look in the yard of the home at the end of the store, you'll see another example of a more "trusting" age. It was quite common to put baby outside in a buggy for nap and fresh air, unaccompanied. Of course Mom was in the house, within earshot, but you can wheel off a sleeping baby. As with a previous post of a stroller in front of a store, this was more the norm than the exception. Shopping in a market could only take a few minutes in those days. You'd be arrested for child neglect/endangerment these days, and considering these days, rightfully so.

Bigger than a bread box

Both the Corby's Mother's and the Havenner's Bread Companies had lock boxes outside of Daniel's Meat Market. Evidently they were used to deliver their bread before the store opened. Some of the restaurants around here just have the bakeries leave the rolls and loaves in those rugged Kraft paper bags in front of the store. I guess there is some sort gentlemen's agreement about not busting one open and copping a biscuit or two.

Daniels

I hear that place is such a meat market.

The Velvet Kind

I wonder if the truck seen in This Thread made any ice cream deliveries to the corner store seen here.

Storefronts "For Sale"

Notice that the signs in these new storefronts read "For Sale," not "For Rent." One wonders if they came with the apartment located on the second floor. Also, was the whole enterprise planned as a condominium? Was this something done in commercial properties long before it became common with residential properties?

Could this be the foreunner

of the ubiquitous "Mall"

Scary

There seems to be a Monster lurking behind the doorway of the Store, either that or the Proprietor was, shall we say, ugly!

[Or, shall we say, Santa Claus. - Dave]

Oh, Okay, what I took to be hair was actually a Wreath!

Eskimo Pies

Not bad, just a nickel for an Eskimo Pie. Now the home of Yum's Chinese Carry-Out.


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Brand shiny new

I love the old bay window storefronts. I can remember so many of those shopping in downtown Minneapolis when I was little. Shopper's heaven!

 
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