W. H. Tupper operated his General
Merchandise Store beginning in 1910 in a rural community
just north of Jennings, Louisiana.
When he closed the
doors in 1949, the complete inventory remained on the
shelves, undisturbed, until 1971 when it was carefully
packed and warehoused. There it remained until his grandson
Joe Tupper, Jr., donated the store's contents for the
creation of the W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum.
This unique museum offers visitors a glimpse
of nearly every facet of early twentieth century life in rural
Louisiana. Experience a simpler time when townsfolk picked up their mail, bought
groceries, shopped for notions and toys and caught up on the news -- all at the same place, the Tupper General Merchandise Store.
Among the drugs and toiletries one could buy
at the Tupper Store was Hadacol, a dietary supplement created by a
legendary Louisiana entrepreneur/politician and marketed worldwide.
Two bars of Ivory Soap cost only 5 cents and 12 Bayer aspirins sold
for 3 cents.
The museum's impressive toy collection includes a Kewpie Doll, antique
checkers, a wind-up version of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's Charlie
McCarthy and Popeye and Olive Oyl wind-up where Olive Oyl plays an
accordion while Popeye does a jig. Each with its own history, items
range from the everyday to the rare.
The Coushatta Indians, who still live north of Jennings in the town of
Elton, once brought their pine needle baskets to the store to trade
for food and other merchandise. Many of these prized examples of
Native Indian basketry are displayed throughout the Tupper Store
The historic significance of the W. H. Tupper General Merchandise
Museum cannot be ignored. While it represents many an antique
collector's dream, none of the store's treasures are for sale.
Museum Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and major holidays
Admission: Adults $3.00 Students $1.00
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