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There were several grocers in Edgware when I was a child there in the 1940s. However there were no family grocers, although family grocers certainly existed in other towns. Sadly they almost all disappeared towards the end of the century with the advent of supermarkets.
The family grocer in the following photo lasted until the 1960s.
The photo is of general interest for several reasons:
It can be dated to 1945 because the placard in the window declares the shop's diamond jubilee (60 years) and computer enhancement of the photo gives the dates as 1885 - 1945.
The placard points out that all the goods displayed are off-ration and on sale to everyone. This shows that the shop was trying get more trade by showing prospective customers that they did not have to stay with their registered grocer for anything other than rationed goods.
One wonders what the off-ration goods in the window are. They seem to be mainly tinned foods and bottled sauces.
The shop had a Christmas club and was currently having a sale.
The white coats are typical of what I remember seeing grocery staff wearing in the 1940s. Those staff of course, in wartime, were women not men.
The other grocer in Edgware was Home and Colonial, but as it was at the other end of Edgware my mother never went there. In 1940s war-time Britain, women had to carry their shopping. Although the baker and the milkman would deliver, I never knew of groceries being delivered where I lived.
Incidentally name Home and Colonial reflects the fact that England still had an empire with colonies in the 1940s.