30 Vintage Photos Of Grocery Stores That Are Beyond Fascinating

Most of us spend at least 30-45 minutes or so every week at a grocery store – the same grocery store, typically – meaning we spend more time there 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.

The gallery below of old photos of supermarkets spans from the late-19th century to the 1980s, covering several major evolutions in 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 the aisles getting wider to accommodate those newfangled carts. You’ll also see shelves full of soda in glass bottles – the way God intended.

American Grocery Store, Late 19th Century

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Piggly Wiggly, Memphis, Tennessee, 1918

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Interior View Of A Chicago Grocery, 1920

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Grocery Store In Bremerton, Washington, 1925

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A Grocery Store In Vancouver, 1940s

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Man And Dogs In Front Of Grocery Store, Robinson, Illinois, 1940

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Grand Grocery Company, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942

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Interior View Of A Ralph’s Grocery Store In Los Angeles, 1943

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Tulip Town Market, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1945

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Kroger Grocery Store, Lexington, Kentucky, 1947

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Checkout Lines At Kroger Grocery Store, Lexington, Kentucky, 1947

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Houchens Grocery Store, Kentucky, 1950s

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James Dean Shopping For Groceries In Marfa, Texas, 1955

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Grocery Store In Elkton, Michigan, 1958

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Jayne Mansfield Grocery Shopping, 1959

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Interior Of A Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, 1959

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Grocery Store Parking Lot, West Covina, California, 1959

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Grocery Shopping, 1960s

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Outside A Grocery Store In Vancouver, 1960

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Grocery Store In Evansville, Indiana, 1960

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Cigarette End Cap At A Grocery Store, 1962

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Grocery Store In Michigan, 1962

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Paying By Check, 1970s

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Huntington Beach Grocery Store, 1972

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Total Discounts Everyday, Huntington Beach, 1972

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Grocery Cart, 1974

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Woman In A Grocery Store, 1978

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U-Pak Grocery Store, Pontiac, Michigan, 1979

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Glass Soda Bottles, 1980

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Consumers Markets Grocery Store In Springfield, Missouri, 1986

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