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Shanghai Alleyways

  • Author(s): Gong, Jianhua
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The Last Grain Store

The Last Grain Store
With the rise in living standards in the Reform Era, many people began to eat more meat, fish, eggs, and milk, causing grain consumption to drop dramatically. The availability of grocery goods made ration tickets obsolete; shortly after this photograph was taken, the government abolished the coupons altogether. Supermarkets soon replaced grain stores like this one.