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The Past is Everywhere, You Just Need to Notice

Posted on: March 23, 2011

Thrift shop door pull, Canonsburg PA

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  • George

    The name sounds familiar, but they never got this far north. Isn’t it ironic that so many of those old five and dime chain stores wound up as thrift stores?

  • Fredericksburg, Virginia has a neat 1950s Woolworth’s being used the same way. While my wife was looking at antiques, I was looking at where the lunch counter was!

    Some of the smaller five and dime chains were regional, but McCrory ended up with most of them. From “Pleasant Family Shopping”: “By the 1980’s Rapid-American was a key caretaker of America’s 5-and-10 store heritage, owning McCrory, H.L. Green, J.J. Newberry, T G & Y, and McLellan’s. Their only competitors in that fading segment were Woolworth’s and Ben Franklin.”

    Troy, NY, where I grew up, had an H. L. Green store, the least of the city’s 5 and 10s below Woolworth’s, Grant’s, and Kresge’s (oldest, and smelled bad.) Even as a child, I noticed “MMG” (for McCrory McLellan Green) on some of their signage.

    • We only had Woolworth’s in the town where I was growing up but I remember Woolworth / Woolco and McCrory/McLellan’s from a commercial. I should’ve paid better attention!