Saturday, January 30, 2010

Whaddaya mean you don't have a barcode scanner?

Shorpy is a vintage photography blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. It's also a great place to wander around.

Here are some cool hi-def photos of various grocery stores and shops from the past. It is always a little jarring to see signs advertising two-pound bags of coffee for 39 cents or a dozen eggs for a quarter. The long-forgotten brands are of interest as well.

Click on the pics or the links to get the jumbotron version.

A real jerk (of the soda variety) - 1921 (full size)

The Super Giant supermarket in Rockville, Maryland - 1964 (full size)

National Apple Week at Sanitary Grocery Company - 1926 (full size)

The Edw. Neumann grocery at Broadway Market in Detroit circa 1910 (full size)

More delectables at the Edw. Neumann grocery in Detroit's Broadway Market circa 1910. Note the artfully arranged pickle slices in the big apothecary jar to the left. (full size)

Not a store, exactly. The Mayo Man - 1926. But seriously, a mayonnaise delivery guy? How much mayo were these people consuming? (full size)

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