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Image: Joe Archie via WikipediaShopping today is almost nothing like it used to be. Strip malls are bare, shopping malls are disappearing and some of our most trusted department stores are going under. The convenience of online shopping and big box retailers has dramatically changed the way we run errands and hunt for bargains.Here's a look back at a simpler time, when everything could be found at good ol' discount retailers like Zayre and Ames. These stores weren't the most luxurious, but…

Image: Joe Archie via WikipediaShopping today is almost nothing like it used to be. Strip malls are bare, shopping malls are disappearing and some of our most trusted department stores are going under. The convenience of online shopping and big box retailers has dramatically changed the way we run errands and hunt for bargains.Here's a look back at a simpler time, when everything could be found at good ol' discount retailers like Zayre and Ames. These stores weren't the most luxurious, but…

'Four-year-old Mary shucks two pots of oysters a day at Dunbar. She also tends the baby when she's not working! The boss said that next year Mary will work steady as the rest of them. The mother is the fastest shucker in the place. Earns 1.50 a day. Works part of the time with her sick baby in her arms. Father works on the dock. Location: Dunbar, Louisiana. 1911.'

'Four-year-old Mary shucks two pots of oysters a day at Dunbar. She also tends the baby when she's not working! The boss said that next year Mary will work steady as the rest of them. The mother is the fastest shucker in the place. Earns 1.50 a day. Works part of the time with her sick baby in her arms. Father works on the dock. Location: Dunbar, Louisiana. 1911.'

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Vintage is so in right now. As a kind-of-hipster parent, I have even caught myself buying vintage toys for my son. Whether it’s the old wooden blocks, the classic jack-in-the-box, or a good old fas…

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