This sparse store is identified as the E. M. Holman Store, dated 1910.
The buckets of course are lard. There's a great old scale, cash register and telephone. The watermelon seems out of place.
I believe E. M. Holman is Earl Holman, son of J. T. Holman who also had a store in the Heights. While we saw his "Going Out of Business" photo from 1907, this article makes it clear the elder Holman sold groceries and the younger Holman meat until the two stores were combined in 1916.
I am thinking maybe this was when they were setting up and just opening for business as it looks so clean.
I wonder why the knife and cleaver way up so high. That no doubt is some sort of slicer right there behind the cash register.
Wonder if it was a hot day, as that sure looks like a water melon laying there to me.
Charlott on 11th October 2017 @ 7:04am
I'm not kidding when I say that there are upscale stores in NYC as we speak trying very, very hard to look *exactly* like this right now.
Kyle on 11th October 2017 @ 8:41am
All kinds of "I wonder what that thing is?" in this photo.
L.E. on 11th October 2017 @ 12:01pm
Like..."I wonder what that thing is" to the right of the watermelon?
kmb on 11th October 2017 @ 3:23pm
kmb, Looks like a scale to me.
Jim Gray on 11th October 2017 @ 4:46pm
Fortunately this image is very sharp. The item to the right of the watermelon is a barrel scale manufactured by the Computing Scale Company of Dayton Ohio. I see a few on eBay. The mechanism inside the barrel rotates depending on the weight, and the price appears in the window based on price per pound.
Arthur on 11th October 2017 @ 5:55pm
I can tell there is a quarter of meat on the table behind the cash register, but "what are those things on the counter in front of the cash register?"
L.E. on 11th October 2017 @ 7:46pm
Could "the things" be some sort of spices to go with meats? It looks like the bottles have labels on them,
Charlott on 12th October 2017 @ 7:58am
Unfortunately I can't make out the labels on the glass bottles in front of the cash register.
Arthur on 12th October 2017 @ 9:21am