I went to school with kids who looked just like those two.
They still had those racks when I came along in the seventies.
Some of the Borders stores still put their comics on spinner racks.
Certainly I bought paperbacks and comics off spinner racks in drug, grocery and bookstores going back into the '70s.
I remember those spinner racks well. The local drugstore was a frequent stop, not to mention the one in the next town. I remember the comic spinners Todd mentions when I worked part-time for a while at the local Waldenbooks.
Spinner racks, at least for books and comics, are uncommon in India though i have twirled a couple of them in secondhand book stores in Bombay and come away rather disappointed. Do spinner racks in the US display the occasional or hard-to-find books and comic books?
Great picture, James. Thanks for the memories (local drugstore for me).Ed Lynskey
Are you sure that picture isn't from Bill Crider's famiyl album?Jeff M.
They used to have a spinner rack in the Borders Express store (formerly a Waldenbooks) for the comics. Then they took it out and put the comics on a shelve in the magazine rack. I have no idea of the comics are selling better or worse. Mostly it seems like they don't rotate their stock much. The big advantage of the spinner rack was that it could put 20-30 comics on face-out display while taking up hardly any room. Now they have the books more or laying on top of each other so you can't tell what's there, what new.
There was one particular drug store in my community when I was growing up that had the spinner rack of the gods! As I recall, it was triangular and each of it's 3 sides had a 2-column rack, plus an additional rack on each point of the triangle! 9 racks of comics in one place! In the days before comic shops it was just about the most comics a kid could see in one place.
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