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My grandparents' grocery store at 8th and Winstanley Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois. That intersection and neighborhood is no longer on the map having been swept away by the Interstate highway. An unnamed employee is pictured behind the counter. The store has been rearranged since the 1914 picture seen here and now has a bunch of "fresh" bananas hanging from a hook. There are no notations on the back side of the 5" X 7" print. Short sleeves and the brown spotted bananas would suggest warm weather. View full size.