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Old photos of workers and businesses from past decades

While we don't know what the first business transaction was, it is easy to imagine that thousands of years ago a good hunter bartered his excess meat for something more useful to him. In the history of man, many kinds of businesses and occupations have been created in response to social needs. Look through these photos of workers and businesses from previous decades shown below - some things have changed, some haven't!

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Taken in Chicago, Cook County, IL United States.
Ed Woehl in front of his store in Bucktown - Photo by Tiffany Bauer
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Back in 1953 there were some great deals on used cars...
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Taken in Defuniak Springs, Walton County, FL United States of America .
This was my dad's uncles' store-cafe, Edgar Cafe. It was located in Defuniak... more
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Taken at Work, Salt Lake City, UT United States of America.
Great Grandfather John Brooks (on left), of Salt Lake City, Utah. No date... more
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Taken at Textile Mill, New England, United States of America in .
This photo was taken by Lewis Wickes Hine, a professional photographer, who... more
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Taken at Sauk Trail, east of Illinois Central RR tracks, Richton Park, Cook County, IL United States of America .
Glaeser & Campe Store General Store, Cook County, Illinois in 1909: View... more
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Taken at Steger Piano Factory & Steger Fire Station, Steger, Cook County, IL United States of America .
Robert Reinhold Klawitter (photo taken in 1908 in Illinois) was a woodworker... more
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Taken in Chicago, IL USA .
Delores Cazneau when she was working in Chicago Illinois in 1940s and 1950s... more
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Taken at Pico drive-in theater, Los Angeles, CA USA .
Vintage car driving into one of the earliest drive-in theaters in California... more
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Taken at Grandparent's General Store, Huntington, Cabell County, WV USA .
Charles Robert Withers, my grandfather on my fathers (William Keith Withers)... more
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Taken in the USA.
Taken 1930's Craigville,Wells,IN - Hillard Hudson Bell is at the front of the... more
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Taken in the USA.
Earl Ekleberry JR This photo was taken where he worked, a restaurant. Date... more
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A photo of William Hartley Hodder (back row, 2nd from left).
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Shared on Oct 26, 2018 by
A photo of Jacob J Schuff
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A photo of Bryant Sharp
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Taken at Estate Stove Company, Hamilton, Butler County, OH United States.
A photo of the Estate Stove Company at 845 East Ave in Hamilton, Ohio in the... more
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Taken in Hamilton, Butler County, OH United States.
A photo of two unidentified women at Woolworth's on High Street in Hamilton,... more
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Taken in Hamilton, Butler County, OH United States in .
A photo of the dedication of the Anthony Wayne Hotel. Local Native Americans... more
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Taken in Geuda Springs, Sumner County, KS United States.
A photo of the Geuda Springs Elevator and Depot
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Taken in Montréal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal County, QC Canada in .
A photo of Robert and Jean-Guy Groulx, working for the Ice Manufacturing Co.... more
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Taken in Lake Preston, Kingsbury County, SD United States on .
I’ve “rescued” an old photograph of La Monte ERB which was taken at his... more
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A photo of the J.A.Kellner Hotel or Mercantile - from SUITCASE in the ATTIC
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Taken in Spokane, Spokane County, WA United States in .
A photo of John M. Tesarik's produce wagon. Delivering produce near Spokane... more
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Taken in Spokane, Spokane County, WA United States in .
A photo of John M. Tesarik and his produce wagon in 1887 A farmer born in... more
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Taken at Watkins Store, Wellington, Sumner County, KS United States.
An Interior photo of Watkin's Store in Wellington, KS
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Taken in Sumner County, KS United States.
A photo of a General store in Dalton, KS. Claude Miller behind counter.
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A photo of Alphonse J Wagner
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A photo of Arliss M French
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This is the original Club San Francisco in San Diego CA. He later moved his... more
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Taken at Angles Lodge, Dubois, Fremont County, WY United States in .
A photo of Angles Lodge, Togwotee Pass Lodge. Taken about 1950
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Taken in Grants Pass, Josephine County, OR United States in .
A photo of Manchel Furniture store in Grants Pass, Oregon, from 1930s to 1963 .
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Taken in Indianapolis, Marion County, IN United States.
This is Wilhelm Giezendanner's bakery, Charles J. Giezendanner's father.
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