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Photo: A "gay '90s" sale at a Richmond grocery store

The owners and staff at the Brighouse Red & White Grocery Store pose for a photo in 1960

It’s doubtful that many of us are old enough to remember this grocery store on what is now a major intersection in Richmond.

The Brighouse Red & White Store Grocery is pictured here in 1960 on the corner of No. 3 Road and Granville Avenue.

In the shot, which is stored in the City of Richmond archives, the store owners, Paul and Bertha Meyer, are photographed alongside Nora Lynch (clerk) and someone named only as “Dale,” who was the butcher.

A promotion for a rather interesting sale – a “gay ‘90s” sale – is showing behind them, which would explain the foursome’s costumes as a throwback to the 1890s when the nostalgic term was used to characterize that era of a newly emergent "society set.”

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