I love old photographs. They illustrate a time and place now extinct, that often exist only in the memories of those who were there. I also love tools, so when Garage Gazette member Penncraft shared some photos of some hardware stores in the 1950’s, I was pretty intrigued.

In this day and time big boxes like Lowe’s and Home Depot have left much of America devoid of the independent hardware stores we grew up with. While it’s nice to have everything in the world under one roof, the level of service and personal relationships upon which the independent stores thrived is sorely missed.

Below are some photographs from the 1950’s. Check out the links for some additional bits of hardware nostalgia.

Old Hardware 2

Old Hardware 1


Old Hardware 4

Old Hardware 3


Edward Andrus: 1950’s Hardware Stores


If you have any links to photos like this, feel free to share them in the comments section!