In a time before cyber Monday, black Friday, malls, mega malls, outlet malls, big box stores, shopping centers and even the five-and-dime, there was the hardware store. For many communities, it was at the hardware store or it was mail ordered. Come Christmas time, all a kid needed to work up a good letter to Santa was the Sears Christmas catalog and a few minutes gazing in the front window of the local hardware store. I found this one all decorated up for Christmas and catty-cornered from the Wilcox County Courthouse on State Hwy 28 in Camden, Alabama.
Notice the stock left out on the sidewalk overnight in the first picture. It is indeed a look back at a more simple time.