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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Ghosts of Shoppers Past

This weekend, purportedly the busiest shopping days of the year, may be a good time to look back on how Americans shopped in times past. We complain about finding a parking place at the mall and get annoyed about lines at cash registers. J.A. Gilmore of Deer Creek had to ford the Wolf River just to get groceries. People who lived in town had it easier, of course. Just after the Civil War, main street in LaCrosse was like an outdoor mall with shop-keepers of all sorts retailing a wide variety of wares. For pictures of Wisconsin stores, shopkeepers and customers long ago, visit our collection of Wisconsin Historical Images.
:: Posted in Odd Lives on November 26, 2004
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