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A & P: The Story of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (NJ) (Images of America) Paperback – October 6, 2002

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About the Author

Avis H. Anderson, executive director and archivist of the Hartford Family Foundation since its founding in 1983, has assisted the organization in acquiring the largest collection of A&P archival material in the world. She serves as a historical resource for information about the company and the Hartford family, both for the general public and for A&P.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (October 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738510386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738510385
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This pictorial history of A&P gives a bird's eye view of how a little family company became one of the top retailers in America. I found this book to be both enjoyable to read and to view. The pictures used are visually appealling and the accompanying text explains what you are seeing succintly. Avis has done an excellent job in relaying the history of this company through both pictures and text. I strongly recommend this book not only to employees of this company, but to anyone who has ever shopped in a grocery store.
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What is so astonishing about this book is that this company was such a revolutionary force in feeding America and keeping America healthy and prosperous through two of its most challenging times in modern history, the Great Depression and World War II. The book is an adventure in the history of this great company which still thrives today. Ms Anderson in photos and text unveils the company that was and still is, the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, a caring company.

Reading this book gives a warm and tingly feeling that a supermarket operator can provide the best possible fresh food at value pricing, helping the farmer get top dollar during depressed economic times, eliminating the middleman, and bring low prices to the far corners of the U.S.

From its birth in 1859 to today, A&P, while still operating ;in 9 states and the District of Columbia,from Louisiana to Connecticut, has its roots firmly embedded in innovation and quality. So many of us have enjoyed Eight O'clock coffee with our A&P Spanish Bar cake. So many of us have eaten fine A&P products as a child or had our Mother serve us Sunnyfield cereals, fresh Sunnybrook butter on Jane Parker toasted bread, spread with Ann Page fine jellies and presereves.

With over 4,000 supermarkets spanning America, it forever changed the landscape of America in a positive way. The Colonial stores of the 1960's have been recycled into some of the best looking post offices and service businesses today.

This book recounts that and many more episodes from a fine company that lives on today with fresh thinking.
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My feelings are mixed about this pictorial of The Great Atlantic And Pacific Tea Company. Originally, I bought this book for my father who worked for A&P for thirty-five years.

This book, part of the "Images of America" series, covers the famous "A&P", once the largest food retailer in the world. It's a pictorial story of a company that, like Sears Robuck of the same era, offered the customer a high quality product at a reasonable price - unlike today's "Wallie World" which offers the customer abysmal quality products for an equally low price.

There are a great many photos of the company's founding and early years and a good many from the era of A&P's decline and fall. However, there are relatively few from the glory days of the company from the 50's to the early 70's when my father worked for them. This seems odd to me since there is certainly more pictorial material to choose from during this time period than the early days and, after all, this was the period of A&P's greatest expansion and market share.

If you are looking for images of the founding days and formative years, this might interest you. However, for me, this book left out a large part of the story. Only three-stars.
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I went into this hoping for images of the stores, advertising, layouts - across time. While there is some of that, quite a bit is taken up with images of individuals who were part of the story, people at dinners and events where official pictures would be taken. There are even a few family get-togethers! They're only good if it's *your* family.

I was really hoping for more of a focus on the stores themselves, their products, and the ephemera associated with it. This one isn't a purchase - see if your library has a copy to flip through.
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