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Grocery Shopping in 1971
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Post# 1153631   7/7/2022 at 22:31 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Glass juice bottles, Muzak, original Doritos packaging, no self check-out....


How many brands do you see that are still around?


To me this place looks relatively normal.  It's like some of my first experiences in a grocery store.  A&P in particular.


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Post# 1153687 , Reply# 1   7/8/2022 at 15:14 by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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Paper sacks and boys to fill them, no bar codes, lots of bell bottom pants/trousers, and stamps!


But the best part was at about the 2:30 mark when the two shoppers bumped into each other and neither one pulled out a handgun and shot the other!



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Post# 1153691 , Reply# 2   7/8/2022 at 15:43 by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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That little video brought back memories of when I first moved out on my own in May 1970. That first day I went grocery shopping for myself for the first time. I bought two bags of groceries for a little under $9.00!

I recall that the store I shopped at, Purity Market sold 1/2 lb. packages of ground beef for $0.32, the cheap store brand margarine for $0.20, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for $0.24, an average size box of White King D laundry detergent for $0.89, a tube of Colgate Dental Cream for $0.49, a 10 oz box of frozen peas for $0.08. In those days I was earning $39.90 net a week plus tips, which averaged maybe $1.50-2.00 per day. On Mondays and Tuesdays business was slow and I might only have $0.50 in my pocket as I walked home from work. I could buy a 1/2 lb of ground beef, a box of frozen peas and potato with that $0.50 and that would be my dinner.

I really don’t know how young people starting out these days make it. That 50 cent dinner from 1970 would cost at least $4.89 and thats if you could even find a store that sold 1/2 lbs of ground beef!

And yes Lawrence, people were a lot nicer to one another then too. You didn’t need to worry about getting lead poisoning every time you left your home. You only got the lead poisoning from your Corelle, LOL.


Post# 1153711 , Reply# 3   7/8/2022 at 18:15 by Iej (.... )        

Nice footage.

Post# 1153712 , Reply# 4   7/8/2022 at 18:26 by Iej (.... )        

Just browsing for other supermarkets from that era and stumbled upon the opening of the first 24h supermarket in France in 1972:

Post# 1153722 , Reply# 5   7/8/2022 at 20:45 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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The cash registers in France back then look like the ones I remember from the same time here in the U.S.

Post# 1153737 , Reply# 6   7/9/2022 at 00:35 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The analog cash registers!Clerks to check out your order!----and NO FAT folks shopping!

Post# 1153744 , Reply# 7   7/9/2022 at 04:05 by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield, East Midlands, UK)        

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The cash registers look like NCR machines

Post# 1153747 , Reply# 8   7/9/2022 at 05:33 by Iej (.... )        

I can still remember the sound of dot matrix printers in the tills of the late 80s and early 90s. Beeps of scanners, big clicky keypads and the cacophony of receipts being printed.

I also distinctly remember when they disappeared and were replaced by thermal printers or other tech. Suddenly there was just quiet beeping of scanners.

I also remember the days of payment by cheque. I remember my grandmother tearing out an unwritten cheque, handing it to the checkout operator, who'd place it into the till and it automatically printed the date, amount in words and amount in figures, then it would be handed back and signed. Cutting edge 80s tech lol

Did you have cheque guarantee cards? The checkout operator would write your card number on the back of the cheque. Effectively it was a "portable letter of credit" which said you were good for the amount on the logo on the card, often £150, 250 or 500. Once used, the cheque would be honoured by the bank, regardless of balance available, so it was as good as cash from the retailer's point of view.

The other piece of old shopping mall tech I remember was an absolutely prehistoric parking ticket machine system that was still using punch card tickets.

And since this is a laundry forum, that slight hint of dry cleaning solvent from the omnipresent dry cleaners that used to be in pretty much every shopping mall / shopping centre and main street. The began to fade away. I guess people don't wear as many dryclean only items these days and also tightening emissions rules have made in store dry cleaning a thing of the past here. Most of those services send your clothes off site to much bigger facilitates these days, and it's probably shrinking demand, economies of scale and ability to control emissions more tightly.

The other *big* change I’ve noticed over the years is food culture. The fast food joints and the once ubiquitous shopping centre (mall) cafes full of displays of fancy cream cakes, hot scones, clotted cream, pots of tea, filter coffee and various stodgy main courses made way for a lot of smoothie bars, health food and endless coffee chains both local and international.

The one store I really have strong childhood memories of is a long defunct Irish supermarket chain called Crazy Prices (it’s larger locations were called Super Crazy Prices). It had garish branding, really ‘crazy’ displays like robotic monkeys in the exotic fruit section and an in store DJ doing price an item promos. It was just really high energy and fun. They vanished when Tesco entered the market and swallowed them up with blue and white boring..

That and I miss the random Z list “celebrities” they would get in to open stuff and “exciting” outside broadcasts with local radio. I remember one of the supermarkets even had an in store kitchen which was used to do cooking programmes on the rather low budget local cable TV.
You don’t see as much of that anymore - it’s all online and influencers.

Nostalgia and the olden days … sighs, posting online on a 5G smartphone which has become an extension of my fingers and probably has more processing power than the endure 1980s.

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Post# 1153748 , Reply# 9   7/9/2022 at 06:12 by qsd-dan (West)        
dot matrix printers

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I bought a relay at O'Reilly Auto Parts about 2 years ago and the receipt was printed out on a Okidata dot matrix printer. I haven't heard one in operation since about 2001. The overwhelming nostalgia hit me hard in feels.

Post# 1153750 , Reply# 10   7/9/2022 at 06:42 by Iej (.... )        

I’ve recently encountered a building products supplier still using them, with multi layer paper. I was buying some fencing panels.

Really old fashioned system. You went to the sales desk and they took your order. Multiple desks and salespeople with different specialties. They then printed out a big multilayer page with your order on it. You took that to the cash desk and they took payment by card. They kept the bottom layer. Then you gave the middle layer to the people in the warehouses outside who picked the stuff and loaded it into your car / truck and you kept the top layer as your receipt.

Seems they’re still sold and are quite pricey :

Post# 1153752 , Reply# 11   7/9/2022 at 07:43 by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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I worked in a grocery store, sacking groceries, from summer of 1969 until summer of 1971.  So, I see a lot of similarities in the film.  And I see quite a few things that differ.  Notably:


The store is exceedingly clean, this film would not have been made late in a business day.


The customers are, for the most part, well-dressed.  Quite a few men are wearing ties and jackets even.


The "crowd" is manageable, the store is not overly-populated , so there's lots of room for shoppers to casually shop with virtually no competition for space.  There's an atmosphere of these people being on a vacation or a casual getaway.


All of this leads me to believe this is not a candid film.  Everyone you see knows he/she is being filmed, this is a staged production.  Considering 1971, it's likely that the store would be closed on a Sunday morning - perfect time for a collection of invited "shoppers" to come and participate in the filming.  They might be store employees, store/chain employees/executives and their families, etc.  All intended to show shopping at this store in the most-positive light.


And it works.



Post# 1153753 , Reply# 12   7/9/2022 at 07:50 by Iej (.... )        

The oranges are remarkable perfectly stacked too lol
Based on the camera angles and the technology available in the early 70s it couldn’t have been candid.

Actually, until relatively recent years, shooting film or video was not something most people could do casually. We’re all carrying around small devices, with cameras that could put 1970s state of the art cinematography to shame, with powerful sensors and intelligent software, and practically limitless storage and the ability to transmit, remotely store and even broadcast in resolutions that were unimaginable even in the early 00s.

In reality, there are very few movies of real life from those eras that absolutely candid. Even home movies tended to play to camera much more.

When affordable, small format camcorders began to appear things changed a bit, and that’s really the late 1980s and they were still niche. Smart phones have changed everything, utterly.

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Post# 1153759 , Reply# 13   7/9/2022 at 09:22 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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I think you're correct that this is earlier in the business day due to the tranquil traffic and lower volume of people.

It's probably not staged however. I've seen other footage shot at the same time and the responses are genuine. The camera is stationary and it's possible they surrounded the camera in a blind so people would not know the camera was there.

It is an upper or upper-middle class store probably filmed in a new suburb. That's giving the 'shiny' appeal.

The last couple minutes of this shows more traffic at the same store.

Post# 1153889 , Reply# 14   7/10/2022 at 14:04 by moderncleveland (Cleveland)        

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Love everything about this, the cars, the fashion, the clothes ... it all feels so wonderful and natural to me ... what a great time period. Of course most of my clothes are from this era so I don't see anything unusual about it at all. I sometimes have to remind myself that how I dress is not really the "norm" in this day and age lol!

Post# 1153897 , Reply# 15   7/10/2022 at 15:07 by appnut (TX)        
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lej & Dan, 45 years ago tomorrow (Monday 7/11/1977) I began working for a company that made dot matrix printers for retail POS applications as well as for minicomputer and mainframe systems. Also portable data terminals needed in dial-up applicatons--those used thermal printheads. Occasionally, I worked with the guy who designed the thermal print head. Then followed printers for desktop PCs like those Epsons & Okidatas. Eventually Epson flooded the market with hose printers. Amazing the model designations of FX, LX, and LQ are still used to this day. When I live now, a new production facility to meet the demand for those various printers and such broke ground later in 1977 and began production in 1978.

Post# 1153902 , Reply# 16   7/10/2022 at 15:45 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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technically.... my first printer.  Yes, as a young teen I bought this computer for $49 and the printer I think was $39

...just months before the company cancelled their computer division.  Sure, go ahead and laugh.....


Never mind that I never got either of them to do ANYTHING productive.  lol


I felt like I was moving forward in the world by owning it.


I think the printer actually was/is actually still used for receipt machine printers.

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Post# 1153903 , Reply# 17   7/10/2022 at 15:50 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Post# 1153906 , Reply# 18   7/10/2022 at 16:03 by Iej (.... )        

The 70s were all about natural colours and being a contrast to the garish colours of the 50s and 60s. It was a softer look.

I actually quite like the modern looks of some of the grocery stores of today. A lot of them are adopting a way more architectural and interesting looking vibe with much nicer quality fittings and lighting. The 80s/90s stores weren’t all that nice when you look back at most of them. I’d go for 70s or modern.

Post# 1153907 , Reply# 19   7/10/2022 at 16:04 by moderncleveland (Cleveland)        

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We had an Epson LX-80, I believe, way back when. Back in the day, they made the best printers! That Timex looks incredible... wow...

Post# 1153911 , Reply# 20   7/10/2022 at 16:13 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        
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Post# 1153958 , Reply# 21   7/10/2022 at 22:49 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I think Safeway had the most iconic or at least the most recognizable store design with their arched rooves. Even though the older ones weren't near as humongous as todays stores they were bright and open on the inside.

Post# 1153965 , Reply# 22   7/11/2022 at 00:39 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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I think I can up your arch though.

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Post# 1153966 , Reply# 23   7/11/2022 at 00:43 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Yes, before there were Kohl's department stores stretching across the U.S. we had Kohl's food stores in the Midwest.
They used to have such good bakery.

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Post# 1154127 , Reply# 24   7/12/2022 at 15:40 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Kohl's supermarkets

were an A&P banner since the 1990's at least. I don't think they were ever part of the Dept. stores.

Post# 1154132 , Reply# 25   7/12/2022 at 16:27 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Maxwell Kohl

did also found the grocery stores in 1949.

Post# 1154203 , Reply# 26   7/13/2022 at 13:31 by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        

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This is so freaking cool! When looking at all of that produce I have to wonder...was everything ORGANIC and non-GMO back then... I do know there are three ways to look at produce today...
1. Organic
2. Conventionally grown but non-GMO (I THINK)
3. GMO which automatically means not organic..

I'm almost sure there was nothing GMO back then...but I'm not sure if things were automatically organic or conventionally grown only...

Post# 1154204 , Reply# 27   7/13/2022 at 13:37 by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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Everything was NOT organic back in 1971. Most major grocery stores sold produce that came from big growers and farms which mostly used pesticides in their farming operations. The organic movement in produce and other foods was just beginning in 1971.


Post# 1154205 , Reply# 28   7/13/2022 at 13:50 by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        

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I assumed that would be the case...but I'm pretty sure nothing was genetically modified...which I totally don't trust at all

Post# 1154218 , Reply# 29   7/13/2022 at 17:41 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Are you joking? Back in the 40s-50s chemical additives were thought to be an UPGRADE to one's food. Isn't that crazy.

They were hosing down nature, and schools, and anyone and everything with DDT, poisons, and who knows what other carcinogens.

It's wasn't until birth defects in humans and entire animal species and bird species were threatened with extinction that they realized the heavy handed-ness of spreading all those chemicals just might be a problem.

It was the 1970s when people were only starting to get organized and demanding to stop being used as human guinea pigs.

And of course there were the ubiquitous republicans bad talking those who were speaking up and looking out for society. As usual, republican criminals/oil industry were wrong and did serious damage to society again.

For example: with the Salton Sea drying up in southern California there is a real fear that the fine sediments in the lake will become air borne during wind storms. The Salton sea is basically a low spot that doesn't not drain and used to receive a lot of run off from farms in the central valley. So the lake floor is a repository of the history of chemical poisons from last century. If they become air borne it will be disasterous.

Post# 1154222 , Reply# 30   7/13/2022 at 17:56 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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California is the nations food basket but the Salton Sea was the recipient of chemical run-off for the better part of a century.

The Salton sea no longer receives water from the Colorado which means it's drying up.

Now controlling the dust is crucial.

Post# 1154241 , Reply# 31   7/13/2022 at 20:15 by qsd-dan (West)        

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Synthetic pesticide use began in the 1930's so that was probably end of organic foods. However, in the 15th century, toxic chemicals such as arsenic, mercury and lead were being applied to crops to kill pests.

We've been poisoning ourselves for centuries.

Post# 1154263 , Reply# 32   7/13/2022 at 23:38 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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As far as "modified" foods: That's a broad category.

I'm sure we've been grafting trees, vines, and plants for centuries.

No doubt animals have been spliced and twisted and modified to give the most muscle bound variant.

Won't even take a shot at the dates this started.

It's truly impressive, if not scary, what man has done to feed his varied appetite.

Post# 1154266 , Reply# 33   7/14/2022 at 01:16 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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What do the stores you shop at play if anything?

Post# 1154365 , Reply# 34   7/15/2022 at 13:54 by kenwashesmonday (Carlstadt, NJ)        
What do the stores you shop at play if anything?

Oldies from the 1960s & 1970s.

Post# 1154370 , Reply# 35   7/15/2022 at 14:42 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Our stores

played "Musac" taped easy listening and top 40 instrumentals in the 70's, and 80's.
By 1991 we had sattelite music with all varieties of channels. I'd walk into stores early mornings and hear Howard Stearn as the night crew was finishing up, or acid rock.
I remember one D.M. forbidding any Michael Jackson song played subsequent to the accusastion's made against him.

Post# 1154383 , Reply# 36   7/15/2022 at 19:51 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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What types of stores are playing "oldies" and really any music these days?

Most stores I go to don't play anything.

One store that does, Grocery Outlet, can be found playing 70s rock, or muzak, or country, or nothing. It just depends on who the manager is that day it seems.

I would think most chain stores wouldn't play anything of a particular radio played genre for fear of being too biased. That's not good for business. Nor is having the store too hot.

When I lived in Southern Virginia I went to an eye doctor for the initial visit. Not only did they have christian based paintings and plaques on the waiting room walls they were playing christian themed soft rock. So annoying. I cancelled the appointment and left after sitting through 5 minutes of that. Just so rude.

Post# 1154386 , Reply# 37   7/15/2022 at 20:30 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Anything from the 70s, 80s and 90s are  "oldies". Even the 00s might fall into that category.


I noticed my Kroger playing local Adult Contempory radio.

Post# 1154389 , Reply# 38   7/15/2022 at 21:19 by Davey7 (Chicago)        

There's a local chain in the Chicago area, Caputo's, that has their very own music, usually rat pack standards with special lyrics, such as....

"Caputo's is, my kind of store, Caputo's is...."

Yes, seriously...

(it's also a good grocer - great for Italian items and good produce, bulk spices, etc)

Post# 1154392 , Reply# 39   7/15/2022 at 23:32 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The Kroger near me was playing the following when I was there a few days ago - My Baby Loves Lovin', White Plains; In the Summertime, Mungo Jerry; Temptation Eyes, Grass Roots; and some other 1970-1975 songs. Seriously doubt anyone would find any of them offensive.

Post# 1154403 , Reply# 40   7/16/2022 at 08:00 by kenwashesmonday (Carlstadt, NJ)        

So innocent sounding, untill you actually listen laughing


My baby loves love
My baby loves lovin'
She's got what it takes
And she knows how to use it

Post# 1154412 , Reply# 41   7/16/2022 at 12:35 by appnut (TX)        

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Given it has been 2 years sine I set foot in a store, the music was all of the above seemed to vary by day of the week and time of day, catering to demographic of shopper at that time of day. Plus I heard mention a couple of times, store employees got to make selections too.

Post# 1160103 , Reply# 42   9/21/2022 at 22:23 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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This party does a wonderful job of creating retro collages.  


Post# 1160107 , Reply# 43   9/21/2022 at 22:59 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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Now we have to bring our own grocery bags or pay 5 cents for a paper one as the activists had free plastic bags banned that they say are single use and go in the ocean and kill the fish. I use these supposed single use bags many times and resent some supposed do gooders decided whats right for me. So now I have to buy wastebasket bags. Nobody asked my opinion.

Post# 1160117 , Reply# 44   9/22/2022 at 06:56 by chetlaham (United States)        

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I never understood charging 5 cents. Why not just build it into the price?

Post# 1160127 , Reply# 45   9/22/2022 at 09:37 by kenwashesmonday (Carlstadt, NJ)        
Why not just build it into the price?

To get people to reuse bags.

Post# 1160128 , Reply# 46   9/22/2022 at 10:23 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        
To get people to reuse bags

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Overhere in Europe you see less and less of the use of plastic bags. Most people bring their own bags and/or crates to pack the groceries. Hardly any need for disposable plastic bags anymore.

Post# 1160129 , Reply# 47   9/22/2022 at 10:44 by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        
Take my own!

I've taken my own Tyvek bags for years! Only use disposable bags for wet items such as chicken and just sprayed veggies.

Post# 1160131 , Reply# 48   9/22/2022 at 11:35 by chetlaham (United States)        

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I'll pass on the re-usable bags, even though there are times when I do bring my own. It just takes away from the sensory experience of shopping. The smell, feel and sound of a new paper bag just makes for wholesome feelings.

Post# 1160137 , Reply# 49   9/22/2022 at 12:48 by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        
"sensory experience of shopping?"

What a laugh!

Post# 1160176 , Reply# 50   9/23/2022 at 02:01 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Well that would be ignoring half the premise of capitalism, its success and trillions spent on product development and its advertising.

Post# 1160180 , Reply# 51   9/23/2022 at 02:59 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        
#43 I know what your saying.

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After I used up my supply of collected plastic grocery bags as garbage bags, I too had to break down and buy the smallest garbage bags they make: 4 gallon bags.
They are just the perfect size. I use about 2 a week as I recycle everything else.

To be frank, I didn't want to have to buy plastic I was just going to throw out anyway....

The plastic is considerably thinner than the grocery bags... which is generally a good thing because it will disintegrate sooner.
Instead of having to corral a steady flow of plastic bags from various stores, these come tightly wound on a slim roll that fits in a drawer.
I'm re-using the same bags when ever I shop or go some place to get numerous things. So I've had to get in the habit of not only putting on a mask before going shopping but also remembering to take in a bag or two with me.  Not a big deal.

I don't have to worry about inspecting old grocery bags for holes before using them as a garbage bag. lol
The roll was $1.25 and it has a nice subtle perfume with it.

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Post# 1160197 , Reply# 52   9/23/2022 at 08:20 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia)        
back to post #1

In the photo in the first post, there is a row of cars starting on the right with a Pinto wagon, then a small truck, then some Chevy (Nova??) then a small red wagon. Its silhouette reminds me of a Mazda 808 wagon, but the tail lights are wrong.

What is the small red wagon?


Second question: In the first video, it appears the checkout operator is unloading the shopping trolley/kart, so the customer doesn't appear to unpack their own trolley. Is that right? Was that common? I have never seen a supermarket where the shopper didn't unload their own trolley onto a bench/counter or conveyor belt.


In New Zealand the main "budget" supermarket is Pak N Save, where even today you unload your groceries on to a conveyor belt, then pass the empty trolley to the checkout operator, who scans your items then places them back in your trolley, for you to take after the sale to the packing bench, where you pack your own bags.


Their parent company, Foodstuffs, also owns New World supermarkets, which are quite old school, have an excellent range and in busy times still have one checkout operator and a second person bagging your groceries, in your own bags if you have them. This is unheard of in Australia, where the checkout operator loads the bags, or at self-serve counters you scan and pack your own. I have come to really like New World supermarkets and seek them out when we are in NZ.


My earliest supermarket memories are of (what I believe was) the first Safeway in Australia, at Frankston where I grew up. Australian Safeways were modelled on US safeway stores, but the company was locally owned. (Probably some licensing agreement.) Our Safeway had a rooftop car park, you would park your car up there, take the spiral staircase down to shop in the supermarket, after going through the checkout your bags would be sent upstairs on a conveyor belt to the collection bay and you would be handed a ticket for them. You would walk upstairs, take your car around to the collection bay, give the ticket to the "boy" at the window who would collect your grocery bags and place them in your car for you. We thought it was all very "modern." On Saturday mornings they would sometimes allow small boys shopping with their mothers to ride up the conveyor belt with their groceries to the collection bay. I did it a couple of times, it was so exciting!!! You had to sit on your hands so they didn't get trapped in any machinery. The building is still there, but it hasn't been a supermarket for decades. I think it is now a church.


Coles, the main rival, wasn't as advanced, they didn't have the moving belt at checkouts, just a sliding barrier with a handle on a laminex bench. You unloaded your groceries on to the bench, the checkout operator would pull hard on the handle to drag your groceries up to where they could reach them. Low tech and must have built strong arm muscles in the checkout chicks.

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Post# 1160216 , Reply# 53   9/23/2022 at 13:38 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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"I have never seen a supermarket where the shopper didn't unload their own trolley onto a bench/counter or conveyor belt."

When I lived in California in 1986-7 I shopped at Alph-Beta and they had the elevated cart-with-front-swing-open design that was a thing back then. The counters were short so you pushed the cart right up in place of where the unload counters would have been. You just open the front of the cart before pushing the cart in so the checker can easily reach the items.

Kohls food also had a similar cart if I remember correctly. I know there were other stores with them.

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Post# 1160217 , Reply# 54   9/23/2022 at 13:44 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Another version of drive up cart. Having to reach down into the cart must have been a no go after a short while. That's why the 80s carts were raised.

Remember those cute little lights at each check stand. They'd usually dress them with season decor or change the bulb at christmas. lol

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Post# 1160293 , Reply# 55   9/24/2022 at 08:21 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Cashier-unload from the deep carts (as this picture) seemed to be a '60s thing, and were not really compatible with scanning. As scanning came into existence in the mid-70s, the tall cashier-unload carts came into use.

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