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My grandparents' grocery store at 8th and Winstanley Avenue in East St. Louis IL. That intersection and neighborhood is no longer on the map having been swept away by the Interstate highway. My grandfather and grandmother are pictured behind the counter while two unidentified patrons happily pose for the camera. Maybe they the buying that milk on the counter? Writing on the backside of the 6" X 8" print alludes to the photo having been taken in 1914. Everyone appears to be dressed warmly. It may have been November 30 based on the calendar hanging in the background. Also seen here in 1920. View full size.