Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, were part of an enormous cultural and lifestyle shift that changed America forever. When the first members of this generation were born, half of the population lived in rural areas. By the time the last Boomers were born in the mid-'60s, two out of three Americans had moved to the big city. While this shift was certainly significant, it still left more than 30 percent of the people living way out in the sticks, without the access to downtown shopping centers that dominated urban life. Farm families could order from the Sears catalog and receive their goods in a few weeks or months, but when they needed something sooner, they typically headed to the local general store.
Sprinkled across rural areas all over the United States, the classic general store was the precursor to the modern convenience or dollar store. It was here that families could pick up canned goods and candy, tractor parts and tools, clothing and footwear, or even toys, books and records. Even more than a spot to shop however, general stores served as a community center, often housing the local post office and allowing folks to gather around a wood stove to swap news and gossip. By the time the last Boomers were born in the mid-'60s, these stores had largely been phased out by more specialized retailers, though a few hung on through the 21st century, serving as museums to the past. Think you can name common items that were found in the general stores of the Baby Boomers' younger days? Prove it with this quiz!