1880 SUPERMARKET (Jan, 1959)
LOCK, stock and old barrels, Mrs. Mary Kidd of Walden, N. Y. ‘ has created an early American general store. Spurred on by a love of collecting antiques, Mrs. Kidd, with the aid of her husband, began putting her 1880 country store together. The little two-story building, once a barn and carriage house, sits behind her home. It is stocked with everything from fine herbs to horse collars, with a post office in one corner lighted by old oil lamps. Visitors flock to visit this bit of old Americana and discuss its charm around the ancient pot-bellied stove.
VISITOR’S first view is panel glass window and cobbler’s boot above the entrance, at right. Old-time potbellied stove and the checkerboard over a barrel recalls fond memories of the 1880s, far right Note the spittoon, located for the easy convenience of the checker players.
ANCIENT garden tools and culinary instruments of long ago, at right. Posters touted products. Clothing and canned goods, cannisters filled with perishable food, even straw hats and eggs were some of the many products stocked in the supermarket so mom could shop with ease.
POST OFFICE had series of glass-backed pigeon holes that held mail, right. Proprietor was also the postmaster in many communities. Pair of long johns are hanging on line, far right and selection of hats for gentlemen of the period were prominently displayed in the spacious front window.