Now and Then at 279 East Main Street

We stopped at Dogtown Books on Main Street recently to drop off a new GMG sticker and, of course, I had to take a peek at what was being offered in the Local History section. Lucas very nicely showed me 2 large bound volumes of the Gloucester Daily Times, each covering 3 months of 1956. I immediately snatched them up and dragged them home (they are big and bulky). I am including a shot of me hauling my bounty back to the car.

So we got them home and started going through them page by page, day by day. This story came to our attention right away. The Grand Opening of the Yankee General Store at 279 East Main Street. This store ran from 1956-1974 and even made note in the Boston Globe of its penny candy availability in a Feb 22 1960 column, a portion of which you see here. Some of you surely have memories of this place! Share them in the comments for all to enjoy.

Today, the store front looks nearly the same though it currently houses a medical practice. More stories from 1956 Gloucester forthcoming……

2 thoughts on “Now and Then at 279 East Main Street

  1. We lived almost next door to the Yankee General Store, at 269 East Main. In between was the small grocery store, run, when I was a kid, by Ozzie Tarr. It then became the Railroad Avenue Market, run by the Murphy brothers, Tom and Andrew. I remember Mr. Huke, who owned the General Store, a tall, rather quiet gentleman. I was a little too old for the penny candy by 1956, but before Mr. Huke, Ozzie sold penny candy–and gum!


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