A Tribute to the Old Ben Franklin 5-10s

 

 

The Woolworth brothers started it all in 1879 when they opened their first Woolworths store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  They hatched the idea to have a ten cent table and a five cent table, and the idea was so successful that the store quickly became a chain and the term "five and dime" came in to being.  

Meanwhile, a mail order wholesaler out of Boston called the Butler Brothers was building a substantial customer base.  They kept a close eye on the Woolworth boys over the years and decided to jump in to the business with the first Ben Franklin store in 1927.  The stores experienced quick success and became a mainstay in many small and mid-sized towns around the U.S.  At its peak, there were 2,500 stores in operation!

While the company was sold in 1959 and again in the mid 1990s, some stores continue to operate to this day.  We always loved going down to the 5-10 as a kid, so we wanted to take a walk down memory lane...

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We love this photo from DeLeon, Texas of a Ben Franklin tucked right in to the next to the E.E. Dabney Saddlery.  Photo from the late 1930s or early 1940s.  Hit "Next Page" to see the rest...