This is a circa 1929 photo (CCHS #0206) of the Charles Lantz Grocery and Gas Station at 405 Gwynne St., Urbana. This was a family business involving Mr. Lantz, his wife (visible in the window) and daughter. Signs indicate the following merchandise was available: Tiolene motor oil, Taystee Bread, Purity Ice Cream, Mail Pouch tobacco, Beech-nut tobacco, Fels Naptha, Old Reliable coffee. This would have been a challenging time to operate a business.
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