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.
At Christmas, Marshall Fields, n.d.
Outside Marshall Fields, 1910
Drawing of NY’s Macy’s Window, circa 1910
Weibolt’s Department Store, 1969
Oldsmobile, Washington, DC 1920s
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I’ve gone with a look through the archives for cigarette themed images. First I found this image in an anti-smoking story
Harpers Young People, 187
_______ (<– not shown) want all the boys who are in the habit of smoking* cigarettes, of who are beginning to learn how to smoke them, to pay attention while we tell them of a sad event that recently took place ill one of our Eastern cities. Among-the number of bright boys who had set out to become business men was a lad fifteen years of age, employed in a lawyer’s office. During- his leisure hours and on Sundays lie was in the habit of smoking cigarettes, the smoke of which he inhaled. From this he passed to chewing tobacco, and it is said that when he was not smoking a cigarette he always had tobacco in his mouth, and occasionally combined the two. His parents endeavored to break him of the habit, but all they could _____(alas not legible). His health soon began to fail rapidly, and his family, who were not aware that tobacco would have such injurious effects, fancied that his weakness was caused by the close confinement which lie had to undergo at his place of business.
UK Archives, 1966
UK Archives 1966
Appealing to people’s sense of luxury to get them to stop smoking.
Now, of course, there were plenty of ads for smoking. Here are some that stuck me as outrageous.