Southern California November 25, 2016
The General Store In Southern California That Has A Truly Fascinating History
Have you ever wondered what an old-time General Store looked like back in the good ol’ days? Your curiosity will be more than satisfied at this unique museum in Palm Springs that is an exact replica of a General Store from the 1930s. Take a look at this little slice of Americana and you will fall in love with its charm.
Ruddy's General Store Museum is located in Palm Springs at 193 S. Palm Canyon Drive.
Jim Ruddy opened the museum in 1983 after 30 years of gathering authentic general store merchandise from all over the country. Every item at Ruddy's General Store, including the fixtures, is part of his original collection.
From the moment you walk inside, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time to a completely different era.
Every detail of this museum reflects the authentic look and feel of the general stores that existed back in the 1930s and 1940s. And at 95 cents for a tour, even the price reflects a simpler time.
Speaking of prices, things sure cost a lot less back then. Can you imagine paying ten cents per pound for coffee beans?
And look at these old candy boxes. A Tootsie Roll for a penny! Or a Mint Pattie for five cents. Wow!
Oh, the things you could buy at the General Store.
This rare collection of Americana reflects actual items that lined the shelves. You'll find some basic ingredients one would have purchased to stock a kitchen.
And an entire wall of canned goods that were available back in the '30s and '40s. Yes, these are actual cans that have never been opened.
You could even buy every type of lotion and potion imaginable. And each and every item on the shelf is in its original packaging.
And just in case you needed some supplies for grooming, those were available to buy back then, too.
The General Store was also the place to go for all of your pharmacy needs...
As well as a pack of cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
Or some cookbooks and greeting cards.
And just in case you were wondering if things were really this simple back then, here's a darling Picnic Package for 25 cents that captures a time full of innocence.
Have you ever been to Ruddy’s General Store Museum? Make a day trip out of it and spend an entire afternoon in Palm Springs. You might even enjoy an adventure on the
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.