Story: Food shops

Grocers (1st of 2)


Shopping for groceries in the late 1800s, and until the 1950s, was a hands-off experience for the shopper. They brought their list to the well-dressed grocer, who gathered it all. Products such as flour and sugar were weighed and measured out into brown-paper bags. This shop was in Nelson or Marlborough.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Frederick Nelson Jones Collection (PAColl-3051)
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Photograph by Frederick Nelson Jones

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Carl Walrond, 'Food shops - Grocers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Sep 2016