Thursday, March 5, 2015

Paint Store

Today's picture shows the front of a paint store in Shelly, Minnesota. The picture was taken in 1913. It looks almost like the town is just being built, so a paint store would probably have lots of business.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Clothing Store

Today's picture shows a clothing store in Anchorage, Alaska. The picture was taken around 1900. The owner proprietor is standing out front. Certainly looks like he claims low prices, but I wonder if there were really any good deals. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

General Store

Today's picture is from 1942, and it shows the General Store in West Danville, Vermont. It looks like a couple of men are catching up on the local happenings in front of the store.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Country Store

Today's picture shows a country store from 1914. I love how you have both automobiles, and horse and wagons at the store. Also customers can visit with the chickens producing the eggs they are buying.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Feed Store

Another icon of small town America was the Feed Store. The Feed Store typically sold seeds, farm supplies, and animal feeds. The picture above was taken in 1935 in Alabama.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Grocery Store

Welcome to Store Front Week here at OPOD. We will be reminiscing about bygone days when we actually purchased our stuff from small, independent, local businesses that were intimately a part of the community. The picture above shows a meat market and grocery store from 1916. The owner proprieter is pictured with his son, and one of his employees out front.

While this picture was taken in 1916, things were not much different in the 1960's in the area I grew up in. Our little community of 1,900 people had 2 small locally owned grocery stores. In addition, the bus station had a small grocery store. The owners were part of the community, and the businesses operated on the concept of exceptional customer service. Grocery shopping was not something you dreaded.

So, hopefully you all will share your memories of such locally owned shops this week.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Shooting the Breeze

Today's picture is from the front porch of the Nethers, Virginia Post Office. The picture was taken in 1935. It shows some of the locals sitting around and shooting the breeze. The interesting thing to me is that today, people have created such busy lives there is little time to just sit with friends and visit. Perhaps visiting has become a lost art.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Today's picture shows the Waterwheel at the Nethers, Virginia Mill. We saw other pictures of the mill the last few days. The waterwheel was an ingenious device that would use the natural flow of a stream to turn a wheel. The gravity acting on the water makes the wheel go around, providing a virtually free source of power for the mill.