Have you ever heard of this town of Advance, Alabama? Could these be early pictures of Vance?

Have you ever heard of the town of Advance in Alabama?   The pictures below were taken in July 1936 of some rural grocery stores around Alabama and the town name of Advance, Alabama is mentioned as one location.  I have not been able to locate a town of Advance in Alabama. Share you information in the comments below if you know where it is.


General and grocery stores in rural Alabama looked very different in July 1936 as compared to today. Look how many sacks of flour were needed. It’s interesting to see all the items displayed. These photographs were taken by Walter Evans in 1936 (Library of Congress)

Interior of General Store near Moundville, Hale County, Alabama July 1936

General Store near Moundville, Alabama July 1936

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This may be the outside of the general store above. July 1936

This may be the outside of the general store above. July 1936

Grocery Store in Sprott, Perry County, Alabama 1936

Grocery Store in Sprott, Perry County, Alabama 1936

McCollum Grocery Store, Greensboro, Hale County, Alabama 1936

McCollum Grocery Store, Greensboro, Hale County, Alabama 1936

 

Abandoned store in Advance, Alabama 1936

Abandoned store in Advance, Alabama 1936

Abandoned stores in Advance, Alabama

Abandoned stores in Advance, Alabama

 

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26 Responses to Have you ever heard of this town of Advance, Alabama? Could these be early pictures of Vance?

  1. Heard of Vance al but not advance

  2. It might not be a town but a community name… There are still communities that have stores bearing their names and are not considered towns

  3. It says from what I found its in FLORENCE AL

  4. On the side of the store in Advance is an advertisement for CW Lewis Furniture Co. There was a CW Lewis Furniture Company in 1917. Advance must have been near Tuscaloosa.

  5. CW Lewis Furniture Co. Was in Tuscaloosa.

  6. Sherry Garner says:

    Ancestry.com 1940 census places W. H. Hughey (the general store owner in the picture) in Severe, AL (Perry County). Mr. Hughey was 67 years old in 19940. Maybe Advance was a suburb of Severe! That’s the only W. H. Hughey in Alabama.

  7. Sherry Garner says:

    Correction: W. M. Hughey.

  8. Chuck Gerdau can you assist?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Advance looks alot like old stores in Stewart, Alabama.

  10. Heard of Vance but not Advance

  11. Gary Maye says:

    I think Advance is now known as Vance Al just East of Tuscaloosa AL.

  12. Gary Maye says:

    I think Advance Al is now known as Vance Al just east of Tuscaloosa Al.

  13. There is an Avant, AL. It is off old 31 Highway near Georgiana and there was a rural

  14. This Advance was definitely near Tuscaloosa, as the C.W. Lewis Furniture Company advertised on the side of the building was located in the city of Tuscaloosa. Vance, however, has been called Vance since around 1880. Sounds silly, but I suspect a possible cataloging error at the LOC: CLERK: “Where’d you say these pictures were taken?” PHOTOGRAPHER: “At Vance.” CLERK: “Advance?” PHOTOGRAPHER: “Yeah, at Vance.”

  15. The name on the “Advance” general store appears to be Dunnavant. There was a dry goods company in Huntsville owned by a Dunnavant family in the 1920s; this might have been one of their retail outlets. Doesn’t give you a location, but it could be a piece of the puzzle.

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