Grocery Stores Have Changed A Lot Since These Vintage Photos Were Taken

History | 5/20/20

We seem to take grocery stores for granted. It feels like they’ve always existed and they always will exist. They’re a staple of our everyday lives. Grocery stores didn’t always look the way they look today, though. If you take a look at these photos of grocery stores past, you can really see how much has changed in a relatively short period of time.

One of the best ways of tracking changes in American life is to look at the way people shopped. Keep reading for some fascinating insight into American history.

Gossiping In The Aisles

Women in grocery store
H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images
H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images

Grocery shopping wasn’t just an errand for women in the ’50s. It was a social event. In the ’40s and ’50s, most women were housewives and stay-at-home moms. Going to the grocery store was their chance to get out of the house and see their friends.

In many small towns and suburbs, the supermarket represented an important meeting place for its inhabitants. You could go there to get cereal, bread, eggs, and the latest gossip.