In the Shop (Early Showa Era)

The Kaneko Store in the early Showa era (around the 1930s) was a wholesale store which dealt with cotton and linen textiles and a wide array of related products, such as splashed-pattern cloth (kasuri), striped cloth (shima), socks, and Japanese bedding (futon) cloth. Since it was a wholesaler, items of merchandise were not in the shop. The shop manager guided customers to the inner storehouse and showed them the items displayed on the shelves. After the customers chose the items, the shop manager brought them to the shop and issued invoices. In those days, most of the transactions were on the credit. Goods were tagged, parcels were sent out, and transactions were recorded in the shop. The shop’s appearance in the early Showa era is replicated here.