Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday 457 : 16 February 2019

I love the old time department stores so this prompt has inspired me to find photos of their windows. I grew up visiting Marshall Fields in Chicago. My grandmother and mother would take me there and it was always a big deal. Such elegance. Such service.

Regrettably, we’ll soon have robots running the stores, which won’t be the same, not by a long shot. Below are some images from Marshall Fields and other retailers that evoke that charm and warmth of nostalgia.

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At Christmas, Marshall Fields, n.d.

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Outside Marshall Fields, 1910

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Drawing of NY’s Macy’s Window, circa 1910

 

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6 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday

    • And shopping isn’t the same when a department store is like a grocery store. If I had a store, I’d focus on providing great service as that and the vibe of a store are the best leverage against online shopping.

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  1. I can remember being taken for a drive through downtown Washington D.C. to see department store windows decorated for Christmas. With the decline of the grand old stores we’ve early lost that shared culture of city life.

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  2. ‘Snap’ on the drawing of the crowd at Macy’s window display in 1910. 🙂 The displays in the windows of the old stores 50+ years ago were so great. What a shame the big box stores did away with them depriving us of the joy of peering in at the elegance and originality of those old windows!

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