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Errand Boy: 1938

Errand Boy: 1938

September 1938. "Children of Greenbelt, Maryland, family buying groceries in cooperative store." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

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You are my Sunshine

It is like "Supermarket Law" to stock things a child would want at kids' eye level? Regardless of shelf level I wish Sunshine were still in business. I loved their Hydrox cookies that looked similar to Oreos but not as sweet. Also interesting (to me at least) is that Burry's was around that long ago.

Where are the cookies?

It's a shame they didn't seem to get any of the cookies they were looking at earlier.


The basic design of the hand-held grocery basket does not appear to have changed much since then, as I have used such baskets frequently in a variety of shops. But what I’ve never seen is the stroller that can hold two of these baskets, as we see in this shot. Where I live, it’s either the hand basket or the full-on grocery cart.

[That's not a stroller. It's a grocery cart. - Dave]

Thanks for the link, Dave. Perhaps stroller is the wrong word. What I mean to indicate is that it’s a buggy for holding the removable baskets, not the current style of shopping cart with permanently-affixed compartments.


Is what the little guy is most likely saying to the cashier.

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