Advert for the London & County Grocery & Oil Stores 6614
Medium: Print on paper
Grocery stores were a hub of commercial activity in the 19th century. The grocer would fill the shop window with interesting goods to entice potential customers. The more far-flung and exotic the display the better - previously unheard of foods such as yams, bananas, mangoes and passionfruit were often given pride of place behind the glass. The display would change continually throughout the day as the stock was bought up.
The grocer's stock reflected the season. In winter, he would have large supplies of root vegetables and winter cabbage; in autumn, apples; in the summer months, gooseberries and raspberries.