Happy 2010, and welcome as we launch a brand new year of Pleasant Family Shopping, where we take a look back at the destinations of everyday life – supermarket and discount store chains, department stores, and maybe even one or two of those wild new "indoor malls"!
The thing is, even the “everyday” can be fascinating, when you look back at it and see how much even basic things have changed through the years. Here, we delve into some of the history of the companies behind these chains, and we look at how changing times affected the companies, the people who shopped at their stores, and of course, the styles – architectural, clothing and otherwise.
Best of all are the photos – digitally remastered (sort of) for display on today’s hi-tech computer screens!
Let’s start the year off with a circa 1964 (dramatization of a) real-life supermarket checkout scene! Notice how the lady’s outfit is perfectly coordinated with the store’s tile floor (which is only proper, if you really think about it). The checkout man is definitely on top of his game where it counts - courtesy, accuracy, and most importantly, artistic placement of food items on the conveyor belt.
At the time, all of the items shown, minus the produce, cheese and bread, were products of General Foods Corporation, for whom this photo was taken. A number of them, as I’m sure you well know, are still staples of kitchen cabinets all over America. Probably my favorite item here is the bottle of Tang, favorite of aspiring young astronauts everywhere. Just need some Space Food Sticks to go with it!