30 Vintage Photos Of Grocery Stores That Are Beyond Fascinating

Most of us spend at leastĀ 30-45 minutes or so every weekĀ at a grocery storeĀ –Ā the same grocery store, typically –Ā meaning weĀ spend more time thereĀ than almost anywhere that’s not work or home. That’s why old photos of grocery stores spark such intense nostalgia: seeing how grocery stores have changed through the decades is kind of like looking at old family photos.Ā 

The gallery below of old photos of supermarkets spans from the late-19th century to the 1980s, covering several major evolutions inĀ how grocers got their goods to the people. You’ll see the switch to self-service, hand-painted window signs turn to plastic tags, and theĀ aisles getting widerĀ to accommodate those newfangled carts. You’ll also see shelvesĀ full of soda in glass bottlesĀ – the way God intended.

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