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Morris Miller's grocery, 1700 Euclid Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Morris Miller's grocery, 1700 Euclid Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division


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A  Streetcar City: Washington, D.C., 1900
A Streetcar City: Washington, D.C., 1900 — The New Market System

Morris Miller's grocery, Washington, D.C.
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
Morris Miller's grocery, 234 Upshur Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Physical Description
Date Made:
about 1920
Dist of Columbia

In cities, small groceries supplemented public markets. It was another way for customers to buy their goods and produce. These small groceries often catered to their customers. In early days, grocers sent out agents to surrounding neighborhoods to take orders and then deliver the goods by wagon the next day. As customers moved away to the suburbs, grocers sent agents to the suburbs. For one Washington suburb, Chevy Chase, storekeepers could send out their goods on a special freight streetcar. Once the telephone came into general use customers could call the grocer to make deliveries. With the rise in auto ownership, mass migration to the suburbs and growth in the supermarket, small city groceries and public markets began to disappear.

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