Leeds nostalgia: Supermarket shopping from yesteryear

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In 2015 we find ourselves in the middle of what might be called a “supermarket war” as the different chains fight for our affections. Back in the 60s and 70s things were somewhat simpler.

For one thing the idea of a supermarket was relatively new and our photographs show that these places looked more like can, bottle and tin warehouses rather than shops.

MARCH 1966: A supermarket in Whitkirk, Leeds.

MARCH 1966: A supermarket in Whitkirk, Leeds.

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A man checked out with a mini-trolley in 1966 and our view from 1977 is a scene of complete tranquillity.

Totally different from the stampedes that we so often see today.

In 1964 this woman reached up to the top shelf to select a pre-decimalisation tin of condensed milk. Over fifty years later we are still doing much the same thing but the competition to pull us in has become much fiercer.

Thirsk, North Yorkshire 1967
Seven people died and 44 were injured when a London-Edinburgh express with 300 passengers aboard hit a derailed goods train near Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

Yorkshire nostalgia: Two disasters from 50 years ago (August 1967)