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15 Photos Inside the Old General Stores of Yesteryear

You could find a little bit of everything in a old-fashioned general store, from tea to coffee to suspenders, including all manner of special order items. Even into the 20th century, general stores in many areas remained an important community asset, not only for the goods they provided, but also as a gathering place. A large stove centrally located in the shop would often serve as a meeting spot for folks to gather and talk or to play checkers. General stores are hard to find today, but these old photos bring the past back into focus.

15 Photos Inside the Old General Stores of Yesteryear

General store in Nevada, 1898. Via/ Library of Congress

15 Photos Inside the Old General Stores of Yesteryear

General store in Arkansas, 1936. Via/ Library of Congress

15 Photos Inside the Old General Stores of Yesteryear

Florida general store in the 1950s. Via/ Flickr

15 Photos Inside the Old General Stores of Yesteryear

Turn of the century general store in Maryland. Via/ Library of Congress

15 Photos Inside the Old General Stores of Yesteryear

General store, pre-Depression era. Via/ Library of Congress

15 Photos Inside the Old General Stores of Yesteryear

General store in Arkansas, 1936. Via/ Library of Congress

15 Photos Inside the Old General Stores of Yesteryear

Turn of the century general store in Florida. Via/ Flickr

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