Manufacturers: Carr China and Warwick China
Date of grill plates: 1930s – 1951
Notes: Duckwall's was one of the first five and dime, variety stores, founded in in Kansas 1901 by Alva Lease Duckwall.
It eventually grew larger, moved its headquarters to Texas and changed its name to ALCO with the original Duckwall's sticking to the limited selection and ALCOs offering more of a Walmart-lite selection.
In its early years the company operated five and dime (or "variety") stores called Duckwall's. In 1968 it began to move into the discount retail business and opened stores that were bigger than their five and dime counterparts called ALCO. ALCO stores (somewhat smaller than a non-supercenter Walmart) provided the full selection of merchandise offered by the company, while the Duckwall stores provided a limited selection.
At one point there were 33 Duckwall's in 14 states (and 127 ALCO stores). It has been closed since 2015.