The staff of California’s Co-operative store in 1930

The staff of the Co-operative store in California pictured some time around 1930 when self-service was unheard of
The staff of the Co-operative store in California pictured some time around 1930 when self-service was unheard of

In years gone by self-service in a local shop was unheard of and staff were always on hand to do your shopping for you.

Changed days indeed from the modern world’s hustle and bustle of supermarkets, the dreaded Black Friday tomorrow and online shopping.

This photograph was taken circa 1930 in the Redding Co-operative Society shop in California, sent in by reader William Lamond from Falkirk, showing the number of staff the shop needed at the time.

The details said: “The fact that self-service was unknown and that most of the packaging of goods had to be done in the shop explains the large number of staff.

“They are from left to right, R. Jamieson (apprentice), J. Forsyth (head salesman), Jean Wallace (cashier), R. Hunter (second chargehand) and William Ferrie.”