Electronic checkout counters, sunlamps on fruits and vegetables and a self-service meat department were “Original” ideas for food shopping in 1952. That’s why managers at Original Super Market were anxious for shoppers to try their new Schenectady store. Original’s third market in the city, at 1478 State St. opposite Fehr Avenue, opened to great fanfare on Thursday, Feb. 28, 1952,
Fresh-ground coffee was one of the innovations offered at Schenectady’s new Original Food Market during the late winter of 1952.
Electronic checkout counters — they were called “SpeeDees” — were among the attractions at Schenectady’s new Original Food Market.
Irving Dworsky, vice president of Original Super Markets, examines one of the sunlamps his company used to light fruits and vegetables in 1952. Original managers said the lamps kept produce “sun fresh.”
A bird’s-aisle look at the Original Super Market on State Street in Schenectady, just before it opened in 1952.
Clerks stock shelves at the new market, which featured two meat departments, air conditioning and a giant parking lot outside.
Western cowgirl Laurie Anders signs an autograph for a Sunnyview patient recuperating from a broken left arm as Max Cohn of Original Super Markets watches. Anders made Sunnyview part of her day in Schenectady on Feb. 28, 1952.
Laurie Anders, a 1950s TV star, is photographed with a couple of toddlers at Sunnyview as Cohn, president of the market chain, and Anastasia McConnell, hospital superintendent, look on.