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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Old Dutch Market: 1920

Old Dutch Market: 1920

Old Dutch Market circa 1920. The chain ("The Market of Cleanliness"), whose main store was at 622-24 Pennsylvania Avenue, had about a dozen branches in the Washington area. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Ladders

They had can grabbers that were around five or six feet long that would allow the picking of products without climbing the ladder. As a child, I remember that the corner grocer would grab a can, release it, and catch it with the other hand.

Buck and Roe

Buck shad are male, roe shad are female - more on shad and how to prepare it from the April 24, 1895 edition of the NY Times...

"Good Things."

Thanks for posting the Friday specials!

(Some of them were rather mystifying...if anyone wrote "Nut Margarine" or "Buck Shad" or "Educator Toasterettes" on my shopping list, who knows what I'd buy.)

You can bet I'd come home with copious amounts of homemade egg salad and five dollars' worth of two-for-a-quarter coffee cakes.

Chocolishus! Croakers! Pin Money pickles!

Old Dutch Chases Dirt

Old Dutch Cleanser outlived the market...showed a stereotypical Dutch girl in hot pursuit of unseen uncleanliness...haven't seen it around in a while though

Chow Chow

Borrowed from an eBayer (don't know how long the image will stay put):

spilled crate

"The Market of Cleanliness" seems to have a problem on the floor.

Austin's Dog Bread

There's a sign in the back on the left reading "Austin Dog Bread." Maybe an old dog treat company? Or something more sinister...

Dutch Market Specials

March 31, 1922. Click to enlarge.

Ups and Downs

Those poor clerks. Up the ladder, down the ladder. All. Day. Long.

"I'd like one of those ten cent baskets on the top shelf, please."

"Coming right down, sir!"

 
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