Courtesy the Georgia State University Library collection comes this group of neat images showing scenes from the opening of an A&P supermarket in the Williamsburg Village shopping center, located in Atlanta, Georgia. These were taken on May 12, 1965 and showcase the grocery giant's still-new Centennial style, first rolled out in 1959. The affair is complete with men dressed in 18th century Colonial American garb. The opening was covered by Atlanta radio station WGST, as seen in the picture with their mobile news vehicle.
It seems that every town I've lived in has at least one scary 7-Eleven that you wouldn't want to set foot in after dusk, but I still have a soft spot for the chain anyway. Originally known as Tote'm Stores, 7-Eleven was founded in 1927 and changed its name to 7-Eleven -- to reflect its extended operating hours -- in 1946. 7-Eleven operates more than 50,000 locations worldwide and is the largest convenience store chain on the planet. So in honor of this 7-11 Day, here's some few vintage advertisements.
In browsing through the Kodachrome prints on one of my favorite auction sites recently, I came upon these four gorgeous shots taken in New York City between 1949 and 1952. They feature four different storefronts and some of the sweetest Art Deco signage you will see this week. Click on any photo for the full-size version, and enjoy! Just look at those signs. Something about Art Deco makes even an otherwise drab storefront look slightly glamorous, doesn't it? The Golds and pharmacy stores must have looked fantastic on a dark New York City evening.
We return to New Jersey for this week's vintage photograph, specifically Franklin Township. This shot, taken in February 1936, depicts a woman in front of a small grocery store/delicatessen. She's either fixing a tattered awning or taking it down, I can't be sure which. This is from the days before big supermarkets were a common sight. A few brand names figure prominently in this scene -- Coca-Cola and White Rose Tea. Everyone knows Coca-Cola of course, but fewer know about White Rose. It is a rather large independent wholesale food distributor in the New York/New Jersey metro area and has been in operation since the late 19th century. They got into the tea business in the early 1900s. Below the display window it's all about tobacco. I see a sign for Granger Rough Cut (pipe tobac...