Okay, I'm sure that some of you who've been following our series on A&P have been thinking "Good grief, what's with all this black and white 1930's and 40's stuff? Where are the Centennials?" Well, my friends, not to worry! Your long national nightmare is almost over.
For those who may not be familiar with the term "Centennial" as it applies to A&P, it refers to the colonial-styled stores that A&P first introduced in 1958 to commemorate its 100th anniversary the following year. The style was such a hit that A&P used it with great frequency over the following decade.
We'll start with the earliest Centennial photo I have, which is in fact the earliest one that I'm aware of, an A&P publicity shot. A nice use of soft focus, taken on a beautiful fall day in 1958. The cars in the parking lot all appear to be a couple of years old, with tailfins more subdued than those on the rocket rides that were rolling out of Detroit that year.