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.
Piggly Wiggly, Memphis, Tennessee, 1918Photo: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
Interior View Of A Chicago Grocery, 1920Photo: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
Grocery Store In Bremerton, Washington, 1925Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
A Grocery Store In Vancouver, 1940s
Man And Dogs In Front Of Grocery Store, Robinson, Illinois, 1940Photo: flickr / CC0
American Grocery Store, Late 19th CenturyPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BY