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Dime Store Interior: 1956

Dime Store Interior: 1956

This is the interior of an SS Kresge Dime Store in Park Forest, Illinois. I am up front, then mother, brother George, Dad, and his mother. Granddad is taking the picture, a 35mm Kodachrome slide. There sure is a lot of counter clutter. View full size.

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Kresge's, the 10 cent store aka Five and Dime!

I hung out there about a decade later, but it didn't change much! Good old Park Forest, Kresge's What a great shot! I recall once combing my hair over the counter and getting yelled at by the waitress not to do that. I'd always get a grilled cheese sandwich. That grilled cheese is still my gold standard! They'd toothpick one pickle slice onto each half.

Fantastic picture. And in color! I guess by the time I started hanging out there they had a bit better lighting, and not nearly the counter clutter. They definitely were serving the Coke from the fountain. Thanks for the picture!!


I can smell grilled onions to go on those burgers!

5 cents' worth

I remember having Cokes at a fountain in New Jersey in the late fifties. Price was five cents for, at most, six ounces of the stuff. But when the embargo on Cuba was announced, suddenly the price almost doubled!

Dime store items

1-gallon Coca-Cola syrup jugs on the counter at left. Cute child's counter tray attachment thingie for grimacing Hank. Spiffily-attired parents. Burgers sizzling on a grill somewhere, maybe. I want to be there.

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