Retail stores have changed dramatically through the years. And the change has not been all positive for retailers. In fact, more than 7,000 stores closed in 2017 alone.

But while much has been made of the “retail apocalypse,” some physical stores are still thriving around the country. And many of them could potentially benefit from insights from their predecessors.

Before the days of online shopping, retailers used tactics like personal service and unique displays to gain the attention of shoppers. And with some small adjustments, many of those tactics are still relevant today.

Check out these 21 vintage photos that offer a glimpse back at some of the trends and features of retail stores from decades past on the Small Biz Trends website HERE

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