17 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday

  1. Driller,

    There was a Ben Franklin’s in a nearby town when I was a kid. Naturally, I loved going in there to visit the candy counter. My favorite treat was the star-shaped chocolates. I think Brock’s was the manufacturer. That’s been too many years ago. Thanks for the memory flash back!

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    1. I miss the five and dime stores. We had a T. G. & Y in Oklahoma. Their candy counter included warm salted peanuts that you could smell all over the store. I spent time almost every Saturday there.

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    1. Five and dime stores were the predecessors to Walmart. They were small stores in town where you could buy underwear in one corner, hardware in another corner, and sweets down the middle. They were great places to shop.

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    1. I have to admit that I did not look closely enough to tell if it was authentic or reproduction. I also enhanced the image in post processing. I guess I will have to go back to Siloam Springs and check it out.

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  2. Memories of Eric and Flynn

    I have heard of Five an Dime stores, but you wouldn’t get much for that nowadays!
    We didn’t have anything like it in the UK. The nearest would be Woolworths who went into liquidation. I was going to say about 5 years ago but just checked with Mr. Google and it was nearly 12 years ago! How time flies!

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  3. Yes! Woolworth’s was a Five & Dime store in this country. While many items were priced at 5 and 10 cents, These stores were the predecessors to Walmart. They carried a wide variety of items at reasonable prices. They were also known as “variety stores”.

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  4. Walmart SuperCenters can be unpleasant and void of personality, but there are still a few small Walmart stores in smaller communities and they all have their own personalities. When traveling, if we spot one of the little stores we will stop and shop or just people watch.

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  5. This brought back memories of the several years I lived in Kansas because we had both Ben Franklin and TG&Y. In 2013 I also visited the original Walton’s 5 and 10 in downtown Bentonville. It was so neat (I could say cool, but it was hitting almost 100 degrees) with the penny candy you could buy there. I love those vintage advertising signs painted onto buildings; we have one still in downtown Binghamton, New York and it is not a reproduction, to the best of my knowledge. Hoping yours is genuine period, too. I have been through Siloam Springs but never visited it. Enjoyed your pictures.

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