Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Corner Store in WWII

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Loretta reports:

Last week two writer friends and I paid a visit to the Strawbery Banke Museum in
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  We were there to check out an exhibit of historical clothing, Thread: Stories of Fashion at Strawbery Banke, 1740-2012, about which you will hear more anon.

The clothing, rather than being displayed in one space, as is usual in such exhibitions, appeared in different houses, depending on which historical period it belonged to.  At Strawbery Banke, that covers quite a stretch of time:

 “The 10-acre site, with its authentically restored houses and shops,* period gardens, and costumed role players, presents the daily lives of ordinary people who lived here - from Colonial times to World War II, from the mundane to the elegant, from economic boom to war time austerity.”

En route to the 1950s, we paused at the Marden-Abbott Store, whose era is WWII . . . and stayed for a while—yes, my friends are history nerds, too—studying the goods, the signs, the packaging.  It was interesting to see how many products we’d still find on grocery shelves today, and how many items have not changed their packaging at all.  Though it was before my time, the environment wasn’t unfamiliar.  It reminded me of the Mom & Pop stores that used to be much commoner than they are now.

*You can read more about the Heritage Houses at the Strawbery Bank Museum Heritage Houses blog.


Molly M. said...

As a 1940s girl at heart, I loved this post! Very cool to see how their little shop is set up and all the neat packaging. Thanks for posting this.

YankeeQuilter said...

I visited Strawbery Bank years ago with my niece (Christmas tea!) It was a great trip!

Lynn said...

I don't think they had the shop the last time I was there, so I'm looking forward to seeing that when I go soon. They used to have a house that was a general store from the 1800s on one side and 1950s on the other, to show the whole history of that one house, the decades of history that one building spanned.

Can't wait to go see the clothing exhibit! I hope it was good.

Alena said...

If you are hoping to see the clothing exhibit, you need to hurry, It is only up until the end of this month, after which the regular season is at an end.


Unknown said...

The Abbott store was owned by a family member. Family members contributed items to the store. Thank you for showing the pictures.

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