CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – THE VERA SHOP – OUR BELOVED SCHOOL STORE – 79TH AND BURNHAM – AN ENCHANTED PLACE WITH CASES OF PENNY CANDY, SHELVES LINED WITH EVERYTHING FROM INKS AND TEMPERA PAINTS TO YO-YOs, RUBBER BALLS, AND COMIC BOOKS – NIGHT – 1958 – A DAVID ALEXANDER PHOTO – SEE COMMENT BY A RELATIVE OF THE LADIES WHO OWNED THE STORE   4 comments

THE VERA SHOP - OUR BELOVED SCHOOL STORE - 79TH AND BURNHAM - NIGHT - 1958 - A DAVID ALEXANDER PHOTO

4 responses to “CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – THE VERA SHOP – OUR BELOVED SCHOOL STORE – 79TH AND BURNHAM – AN ENCHANTED PLACE WITH CASES OF PENNY CANDY, SHELVES LINED WITH EVERYTHING FROM INKS AND TEMPERA PAINTS TO YO-YOs, RUBBER BALLS, AND COMIC BOOKS – NIGHT – 1958 – A DAVID ALEXANDER PHOTO – SEE COMMENT BY A RELATIVE OF THE LADIES WHO OWNED THE STORE

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  1. Love seeing this picture . . . my Great Aunts, Bertha Baase and Dorothy Malzan owned the Vera Shop for time. My family lived above Tews Funeral Home and walked to Bradwell Elementary during the school year 1966 – 1967 while my Dad served overseas during the Vietnam war. We loved stopping at the Vera Shop to and from school hoping our Aunts would give us some candy from the glass case. We also loved how the shop owners along the walk would share with the kids little bits of fir or a carnation on Fridays. Once my Dad came home we moved back to Arkansas. I was told from family that Aunt Bertha and Aunt Dorothy sold the shop in 1973.

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    And thank you, Cindy, so very much.

    The Vera Shop was much beloved by the kids of my time, a little earlier than yours, late-1950s.

    I think they did a lot of business around “movie day” on Wednesday afternoons. Kids would come to the Bradwell Auditorium with pockets stuffed. At least, some kids.

    I don’t recall the carnation practice. Any chance you’ve confused it with South Shore Holiday Florist, a little further west and across 79th, who every week had a “Flower DaY”? We’d stop and get one for our mothers.

    John Chuckman

  2. The owners of this store was our Great Aunt Bertha and Great Aunt Dorothy. Thank you for sharing this picture it had brought back many wonderful memories.

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    Oh, I am really glad you commented.I’ve put a response under your other comment.

    John Chuckman

  3. My family lived there starting in the 1940’s, my Grandparents were there in the same house on 79th St. until the late 60’s. Loved going to the Vera Shop for candy and goodies as a kid. Last time there, 1968. I bought my last wafer and marshmallow candy cones….

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