Grocery Store, German, ca. mid 1800s

Toy shops were especially popular in Germany in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Children have always imitated adults and enjoy pretending. Adults considered these toys good teaching tools. Parents encouraged this imaginative play as it offered the opportunity for youth to weigh, measure and package items for the customer along with learning how to put together a bill of sale.
A rare and wonderful item in this grocery story is the Nuremberg Kitchen Cook Book printed in 1858. The title page states: “Little Cook Book for the Doll’ Kitchen,” or “First Instruction for Cooking for Girls 8-14 Years of Age.”