Snowshoes, Jelly Beans and Rat Bait Cheese (Oct, 1955)

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Snowshoes, Jelly Beans and Rat Bait Cheese

YOU can buy anything from a buggy whip to a bustle at the Old Country Store, South Sudbury, Mass. Wilfred Allen, originator and proprietor of the old-time emporium, has it packed to the rafters with relics that would have made your great great grandpa do a jig of joy. Modern items are also sold because Allen has to balance the budget, but it is the antique furnishings that give his shop its unique charm and flavor of days gone by.

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  1. Rick says: February 1, 20091:52 pm

    One of the grocery stores my mother sent me to shop at when I was a kid was a lot like that store. It had one of those double wheel coffee grinders at one end of the counter. You didn’t “pick and pay” for your groceries. You gave your list to the clerk or just told him what you wanted and he got them off the shelves behind the counter. You then paid him with both money and ration stamps (WW II was going on then). The first so-called super market appeared in the downtown area sometime later (just after the war) in our city and it was really strange to see people going around with carts with loose baskets on them and picking out their own groceries before paying. This looked really modern to me at the time!

    Rick

  2. Scott B. says: February 1, 20097:44 pm

    Funny how in every age, people are always nostalgic for a more charming, by-gone day, ain’t it?

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