|Looking south-west from the corner of Devon and Western Avenues, Chicago. The F. W. Woolworth's had entrances on Devon and on Western. The Western Avenue entrance was in the Pet Department. Circa 1950s.|
|Live Turtle Box.|
While Woolworth’s pet departments survived until the entire chain closed in 1997, little green turtles ceased being part of the stock in 1975, when the Food and Drug Administration banned pet stores from selling turtles smaller than four inches in length because children picked up salmonella from playing with their pets and failing to wash their hands.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.