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The Rosenberg Library Collection - Corner Stores (1977)

Galveston and Texas History Center - Rosenberg Library

No Sound on Film | 1977

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  •  Outside Jules’ Food Market 
  •  Sitting on the store’s steps was a common pastime, according to an article in the New York Times. Like many corner stores in Galveston, Jules’ Food Market bore a shed roof extending out to the edge of the street, supported by wooden posts. “They come here because it’s cool,” proprietor Jules Albert said in an 1970s interview, “and they can sit there whether it’s rain or shine and, you know, enjoy themselves.” 
  •  Inside the store 
  •  Interview with Albert (no audio) 
  •  Interview with Angela and Sebastian Tropea, who owned and operated the S. Tropea Food Store from 1959 to 1981 (no audio) 
 
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This raw footage, shot for the documentary Galveston: The Gilded Age of the Golden Isle, captures a pair of corner stores in Galveston: Jules’ Food Market and the S. Tropea Food Store. Much of the footage, including the interviews with the stores’ proprietors, did not appear in the finished film. The documentary was directed by University of Houston alumnus Robert Cozens for KUHT, Houston’s PBS affiliate. The completed film was broadcast nationally on PBS on June 24, 1977.