Have you ever taken a walk through a grocery store aisle and spotted someone who looked like they had just gotten out of bed? We mean, someone literally in their pajamas. Or, maybe, you’re the one who has been guilty of such a fashion crime. Well, you might be surprised to know that it hasn’t always been this way.
Below are a collection of vintage photographs that will take you through different grocery stores across America throughout history, and it’s safe to say that these store-goers would never be caught dead in pajamas. From wider aisles and more elegant stores to small homegrown businesses, these fantastic photos reflect eras long past.
1. In 1980, every soft drink bottle on the shelf was still glass.
2. Country Store on a dirt road in North Carolina (1939). Note the kerosene pump on the left and the gasoline pump on the right.
3. Grocery shopping, the 1960s.
4. Publix supermarket showcased their wide aisle and a self-service dairy case by driving a shopper around a new store in a tiny car, circa 1957.
5. Two women shopping in an American supermarket, circa 1970.
6. A Jitney Jungle checkout clerk in Tallahassee, 1962.
7. James Dean shopping for groceries in Marfa, Texas, 1955.
8. This home was turned into a grocery store, Omaha, Nebraska, 1938.
9. The Super Giant Supermarket in Rockville, Maryland, 1964.
10. Tulip Town Market, Grove Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, July 4th, 1945.
11. Shopping in the Cooperative grocery store, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1942 (colorized).
12. Dairy Counter at Clark's, Charlotte, NC, 1962.
13. Proprietor of a small grocery store, Jeanerette, Louisiana, 1938.
14. A box-boy in a small grocery store in Southeast Idaho, 1972.
15. Delivery vans line up outside a Greenbelt, Maryland, grocery store waiting to be loaded up, 1942.
16. Duke's Mayonnaise jars assembled in a display at Cozart's grocery store, 1965.