Wordless Wednesday


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I guess I never thought of someone telling you what to buy. This must have been quite a novelty at the time.
The ad is from 1928

Thank you, Tammi for suggesting Piggly Wiggly for a Wordless Wednesday. Tammi doesn’t have a blog for me to pimp.

If you have a suggestion for a Vintage Ad you want to see, suggest it in the comments.
If I use your suggestion, I will add your blog link to my Wordless Wednesday post.



  1. Thanks for the posts i enjoyed it.

  2. Piggly Wiggly?!? Why they made grocery shopping fun coming home with those bags with large pig faces that were really cute.

  3. I love love love your vintage ads. This one from Piggly Wiggly is fabulous. Our sleepy little town had two PW’s when I was growing up. Why? I’ll never know. Several years ago when we were visiting Memphis, we went to the Pink Palace Museum….the former home of Mr. Piggly Wiggly turned into a cool museum. It had a replica of the first PW in there. We had a blast visiting that place. It was one of the coolest museums that I’ve visited. Great post, Bernie!


  4. Very cool :-)

  5. Great blog!
    I’m following you from The Middle Matters blog hop.
    Come check me out when you get the chance.
    Carolina Summer

  6. Aw, I love the Pig! We still have a Pig down the street from my parent’s house. When my husband and I visit, we almost always have to make a run to the Pig for something. A great throw-back grocery store to be sure.

  7. Wow! I love that hat – and to think she chose it herself!

  8. Way to go PigWig for helping women to come into the 20th century! I can’t imagine that the grocers used to tell the women what to buy, I would smack someone with a salami for that! Now having someone to shop for me would be a completely different experience that I would cherish forever!! :D

    Love the old ads, as usual Bernie!!

    We still have a Piggly Wiggly in Washington, Missouri. At least it was open a couple of years ago when I drove by. I am sure Big Corp. more than likely has pushed it out since then though. :(

  9. I have always loved the name Piggly Wiggly – it is so silly! I wish they had one in Utah. I also wish there were helpers where I shop…if you take the time to hunt someone down then they are very helpful, but who has time to walk all over the store to find help…I usually just call just call my mom and ask her.

    • It makes one smile when they say the name.
      *howling* You call your mom and ask her? I would have to call my dad and ask him. My mom is a shopper, but not a grocery one.

  10. Coming over from Give It To Me Tara’s blog hop as well!

  11. Piggly Wiggly is still around, right? Not in the north, but southern states?

    Who thought of that name? Is it stupid or what?

  12. Our Pigs is still open up the hill here as far as I know. I do wish things hadn’t gotten so out of control, its nice to see where the idea of no one to help you anywhere in the store was born ;) Seems in 75 years its gone from one exteem to the other!

  13. Thank goodness times have changes.

    I didn’t know the Piggly Wiggly grocery store still existed until moving my daughter to Wisconsin in December. She has already learned that when you say you’re going to “the pig,” it’s the grocery store.

    I too love the name of this grocery store. It rolls so nicely off the tongue and sounds so quaint. I think I’ll need to shop at one the next time I’m in Wisconsin simply to see if I can find any pigs (other than ham and bacon and pork chops and roasts) at the store.

  14. I wish there were Piggly Wigglys in Maine, just so I could say, “I’m going to the pig.”
    Cool idea for a post, Bernie! I have some fantastic old pics of my grandmother’s tavern in NY, along with a menu. You’ve planted a seed of inspiration!

    • Somehow I don't think it would have the same effect with a northern accent.
      Oh, how lucky. You should post them!! They would be fun to see.
      I love vintage ads for Wordless Wednesday. You would be amazed at the things out there.

  15. Old adds are so fun to look through — their usually good for a few laughs!
    BTW – Since you ask……I tore the edges of my hymn and then traced around them with some Crayola markers.

  16. Bernie – I really get a kick out of these vintage ads, thanks for posting them ? We have old B&W photos of my MIL when she was around 8 standing in front of a pickle barrel at the corner general store. (Mom is 94 now) The shelves behind the counters are lined almost to the ceiling with bottled and boxed goods. Thanks for reminding me about this photo : D

  17. Here in the south, when the independent woman says, “I am going to the pig”, everyone knows she is off to the grocery store.

  18. Haahaaa—an independent woman for sure!!! Love it and love Piggly Wiggly!!!

  19. Piggly wiggly always makes me giggly!!!

  20. I can totally agree with this! Sometimes I don't mind a helping hand or two pushing me to one thing or another in a store, but most of the time I just want to be left alone to make my own decisions! I actually avoid those greeters/helpers at the store like the plague, lol

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