Monday, September 25, 2006

Vintage Ben Franklin dimestore ads

I've mentioned here before my nostalgic digging of these old dimestores I frequented a lot with my mom when I was a kid, so in light of that, here are some more old Ben Franklin dimestore ads for your own shopping nostalgia convienience. Enjoy these low, low prices! :)

January, 1977

May, 1977

August, 1977

Previous entries: 1, 2, 3

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loving that the price of everything else has jumped over the last 30 years, except for the price of calculators...

Mon Sep 25, 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Scott Parsons said...

I didn't know they also had a variety store. We had a Ben Franklin Crafts, but they closed after about 10 years of business. I thought they were long gone.

Mon Sep 25, 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Calculators were still state-of-the-art technology back in the 1970s.

I'm fascinated by the Irish Spring soap. Haven't seen that brand around for years now.

Mon Sep 25, 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

I still get Irish Spring all the time here in MI. It's everywhere here.

Scott: I believe the variety stores (aka dimestores, as they called them) actually came first. Then they spun-off the craft outlets sometime later.

Mon Sep 25, 07:25:00 PM  
Blogger Scott Parsons said...

Someplace they don't have Irish Spring? I'm moving...

Tue Sep 26, 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the Ben Franklin dime store we used to have here in my town. It closed in 1990-91 if I'm not mistaken. Still miss the place. Shame they've had to close so many stores.

And yes, the dime stores came waaaaay before the craft stores. In some cases, there were even Ben Franklin Family Centers; I don't know what exactly those were.

Tue Sep 26, 05:29:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

So the US still has Irish Spring. In Germany the brand (called "Irischer Frühling") vanished sometime in the 1980s/90s. At any rate, I haven't seen it in ages.

Tue Sep 26, 05:47:00 PM  

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