Have you been to a grocery store museum?
This great blog from the Smithsonian about the way containers and grocery stores have changed over the years is very interesting.
However, it seems to focus mainly on the conversion of convenience food in the late 20th century. I think an even more drastic transformation in food shopping happened in the late 19th century when we went from cracker barrels to Uneeda Biscuit individual boxes and when Ivory Soap first advertised itself as 99 44/100th percent pure. There a number of museums with a general store display that help tell this story (a particularly good early one being in Forestville State Park near Spring Valley, Minnesota and find the hands on version at Walnut Grove), but few actual grocery store museums. One that does exist is the Watson Grocery Store in State Center, Iowa.
State Center is in the center of Iowa. Watson Grocery Store was used by the town…
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