Inside a Piggly Wiggly grocery store (1918)

First self-service groceries

Piggly Wiggly store in or near Memphis, Tennessee, was the first self-service grocery store in US. Here are photos from shortly after it opened in 1918.

Interior of store

Showing entrance turnstile with small wicker shopping baskets, and check-out counter.

Check out counter with cash registers

Shelves in a grocery store

Interior of a self-service grocery store

Grocery store with two turnstiles in foreground

Merchandise on shelves

Scales on top of counter & paper bags underneath

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