Saturday, September 26, 2015

Storefront



Welcome to General Store Week here at OPOD. We will look at to a time when shopping was a more personal experience, where we bought our stuff from local proprietors who were a real part of our community. Yes, we are looking at the days before Walmart and the big box stores. Today's picture was taken in Detroit at the turn of the last century.

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  1. Looks like a butcher shop on the left, and a tea distributor on the right. The butcher either employs two young children, or those are his children being brought up to follow the family trade. Child labor is one not-so-great aspect of local proprietorship in those days. One of my great grandfathers had a "mercantile store" in two different small towns in Washington state from about 1910 to 1925 or 1930. I've got pictures of both inside and outside. They sold everything from clothing to food to farm supplies to cast iron stoves. All his children and grandchildren worked in the store as children, after school and during the summers, from the time they were 10 up. I remember my father's stories about all the responsibility he learned from his grandfather, whom he revered. The kids did get paid, in actual money that they got, not their parents, and were trained how to save most of it for further education.

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