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Grandparents' Grocery: 1914

Grandparents' Grocery: 1914

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.

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What are those? Sure looks like Wascally Wabbit to me. Second animal from the right has pretty long ears OTY!

What are those?

On the lower right of this photo, there is a barrel and a wooden crate. I'm thinking the barrel contained either pickles or crackers, but what are the furry little unrefrigerated creatures on the wooden crate? They appear to be animals.

[Here's a closer look. -tterrace]

1914 / 1920

Interesting to spot the similarities from one photo to the other (cans and bottles and boxes on upper shelves) and differences (glass bread case and cash register on counter, for example). My favorite is the very full bunch of bananas in 1920 vs. the stripped-down stalk in 1914 with only about half a dozen bananas left. Also, that Dayton scale behind the glass on the right in both pictures has a particularly heavy elegance: grocery gravitas.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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