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The Department Store Museum is an on-line homage to America's great, late-lamented department stores.  There is an extraordinary amount of information about many of these stores - logos, floor directories, ads, etc., and it is hoped that, by displaying them in a museum format, visitors may reminisce about their experiences with them.  Since the traditional department store exists only in the memories of those fortunate enough to have experienced them in their heydey, it seems appropriate to share the information with anyone who enters.  The goal is to spread history, fond memories, and a sense of what it was like to shop in these stores, which were individual, and unique to their time and respective places.

On an editorial note, the museum asks the question: why are we not good enough for such a gamut of retail options today?  Take a look inside and formulate your own opinion.







R.I.P. Younker's in Des Moines


A devastating fire has destroyed the vacant Younker Brothers Store
in downtown Des Moines. The building was over 115 years old, and
was well-established in the memories of the residents of Des Moines.
Saks, owners of Younker's at the time, closed the store in 2005. The
store's Tea Room maintained its elegant, classic atmosphere until the
very end. The fire, which began in the early morning hours of
Saturday, March 29,2014, caused the collapse of the building's upper
floors and damaged adjacent property, It appears to be a total loss.
R.I.P. The last
real department store?


Kingsmill's, a historic, one-unit department store
in London, Ontario, announced in February that
it was going out of business after 148 years. While
not the subject of an exhibit at The Department
Store Museum, the 73,000 square foot, four-floor
department store certainly was one of the last to
maintain the classic atmosphere of a wide-ranging,
welcoming retail emporium. Kingsmill's, though
relatively small in size, existed, unbelievably,
 for many years after London shoppers abandoned
downtown for nearby malls, while the
Dundas St. retail district became nothing more
than a sad ghost of its former self. The store
remodeled and expanded in recent years, but
continued to sell furniture, fashion, and countless
other items in a setting of remarkable historical
beauty.Truly a blow to London, Ontario and a
sad loss to all who loved great local, independent,
and unique department stores.

COMING in 2014
EATON'S:
THE TRANS-CANADA STORE


A comprehensive history of Canada's great
national department store. The manuscript
is now in editing and production, and the publi-
cation date is now set for October 21, 2014.


Click on the image to go to the Facebook page

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CAN YOU HELP
THE EMPORIUM COME ALIVE?

Author ANNE EVERS
anne@aeversco.com
is looking for your pictures of
The Emporium
to illustrate a new book.
Please contact her at the email address above.

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RECOGNITION FOR
THE DEPARTMENT STORE MUSEUM
ON A GLOBAL SCALE


French publisher Dessous' Italian-based magazine, "The Best of Intima" is a trade publication for the undergarment industry.  Recently, the magazine featured a multi-page spread on The Department Store Museum.  It will be published in English, Italian, French, German, Russian and Chinese. To read the article, click the picture above, and go to page 114.



Toledo's Three Ls:
Lamson's, The Lion Store, and Lasalle's

Remember the days when shopping meant white gloves, suits for men and leisurely lunches in tearooms? Toledo, an industrial powerhouse and Ohio’s third-largest city,once had it all, and Lamson’s, the Lion Store and Lasalle’s were where it all happened. Reminisce with author Bruce Allen Kopytek about a time when these three great department stores dominated Toledo’s retail scene and offered their customers anything they could want. Revisit their downtown competitors like Tiedtke’s, B.R. Baker, Milner’s and Stein’s, which also added their own touch to Toledo’s life. Through written history, photographs and personal recollections a whole lost era comes to light—an era when business was personal and local, shopping was more of a cherished event rather than a chore.



Click above to order!

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See a lecture about Jacobson's,
as presented at the Baldwin
Public Library on 24 Jan. 2012
(click the photo)
photo by Carroll DeWeese

Jacobson's-I Miss It So!
has just been honored by
the State of Michigan as a
"Michigan Notable Book."


Read a review

Hear an interview with the author!

Return to the elegance of Jacobson’s, a beloved Michigan institution
for well over one hundred years. Reenter the marvelous stores
and meet the personalities who transformed Jacobson’s
from its humble Reed City origins to a staple of sophistication
throughout the region and in Florida.
The brainchild of a retail genius, this deluxe specialty store
gave customers a peerless social, shopping and dining destination.
Experience  anew the refined beauty of its Williamsburg-style
Grosse Pointe store, the chic designer world of its
Birmingham ensemble or the charm and allure of its original
Florida branch in Sarasota revealing, along the way,
secrets that made Jake’s the dazzling store it was
and why it remains so profoundly missed by anyone
who entered through its solid wooden doors.
(Over 100 illustrations, most never published
before - a true scholarly study of this
beloved, lost specialty department store)

Jacobson's: I miss it so! is available from The Department Store Museum. I have a limited number of autographed copies for sale for the list price of $19.99 (plus $4 shipping). Please email bakgraphics@comcast.net if you are interested in an autographed copy.


Alternately, order from Amazon.com


NEW!
Read the history of Woodward
& Lothrop exquisitely presented
in Michael Lisicky's latest book.


LONG AWAITED:
L.S. AYRES & CO.
Prof. Ken Turchi has
worked with the Indiana
Historical Museum to
produce a book about
this beloved store


A FINE BOOK
Christopher Sawyer's
treatment of the story 
of Denholms is re-
markable because of the
author's passion for the
history of this long-lost
Worcester retail landmark.

A RECOMMENDATION
OF THE HIGHEST ORDER
Easily one of the most beautiful and informative
books ever written about department stores.
A brilliant revelation, emphatically endorsed!

Another outstanding book
by Michael Lisicky -
comprehensive, entertaining.
well-illustrated and very much
up to the standard set by this
premier author



The Department Store Museum has developed an exhibit of vintage
department store credit cards, thanks to the generosity of a specialist.
Click the photo to go to the exhibit.  Updated May 27, 2013.





From its inception in 2010, The Department Store Museum has
included an exhibit of bags from various stores.  While the offerings
have been small, the display has been improved and updated.
If you have examples of store bags which are not shown,
you may send a photo or scan to bakgraphics@comcast.net
and they will be included.




Owing to the generosity of a reader, The Department Store Museum features a
new display of department store security badges.
Click the photo to go to the exhibit.  Updated June 5th, 2012.



Click the Picture
to go to the new
directory (beta)

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Click on a store name below to go to that store's exhibit.  If the name is not linked to an exhibit, it is in preparation, and not available for viewing at the moment. Please check back again.

Alaska
  Anchorage
   Northern Commercial Company
Alabama
  Birmingham
    Loveman’s    Pizitz
  Mobile
    Gayfer’s
  Montgomery
    Gayfer’s Montgomery Fair
Arizona
  Phoenix
    The Broadway    Diamond’s    Goldwaters
  Tucson
    Levy’s    Steinfeld’s
California
  Long Beach
    Buffums
  Los Angeles
  Oakland
    Capwell’s    I. Magnin    Rhodes
  Sacramento
    Weinstock’s    Hale Bros.
  San Diego
  San Francisco
    City of Paris    The Emporium    Liberty House
    I. Magnin    Joseph Magnin    Macy’s     Hale Bros.    The White House
Colorado
  Denver
    The Denver Dry Goods Co.    Joslins    May-D&F    Neusteter’s
Connecticut
  Bridgeport
    D. M. Read Co.
  Hartford
    G. Fox & Co.    Sage-Allen    Steiger's
  New Haven
    The Edw. Malley Co.
District of Columbia
  Washington
Florida
  Jacksonville
    Furchgott's    Ivey’s    May-Cohens
  Miami
    Burdine’s    Jordan Marsh    Richards
  Orlando
    Ivey’s
  St. Petersburg
  Tampa
Georgia
  Atlanta
    Davison’s    Rich’s
  Augusta
    Davison’s    White’s
Hawaii
  Honolulu
    Liberty House
Ilinois
  Chicago
  Peoria
    Carson Pirie Scott & Co. (Block & Kuhl)
  Rockford
     Weise's     Carson Pirie Scott & Co.
  Springfield
    Myers Bros.    Bressmer's
Indiana
  Indianapolis
    Wm. H. Block Co.    L. S. Ayres & Co.
  Fort Wayne
    Wolf & Dessauer
  South Bend
    Robertson's
 Terre Haute
    Meis
    The Root Store Co.
Iowa
Davenport
    Petersen's 
 Des Moines
    Younker’s
Dubuque
    Roshek's 
Waterloo
    Black's  
Kentucky
  Louisville
    Kaufman-Straus    Bacon’s    Stewart Dry Goods
Louisiana
  New Orleans
Massachusetts
  Boston
    Filene’s    Gilchrist's    Jordan Marsh    R. H. Stearns    R.H. White's
  Springfield
  Worcester
    Denholm & McKay
Maine
  Portland
    Porteous
Maryland
  Baltimore
Michigan
  Detroit
    Crowley’s    Hudson's
  Grand Rapids
  Jackson
    Jacobson's    L. H. Field
  Kalamazoo
    Gilmore Brothers
  Lansing
    Knapps    Wurzburg's (Arbaugh's)
  Traverse City
    Milliken's
Minnesota
  Minneapolis
    Donaldson’s    Dayton’s    Powers    Young-Quinlan
  St. Cloud
    Herberger's
  St. Paul
    Dayton’s    Donaldson’s    Emporium    Field-Schlick    Young-Quinlan
Missouri
  Kansas City
    Halls    Harzfeld’s    The Jones Store Co.
    Macy’s
  St. Louis
    Famous-Barr    Vandervoort’s    Stix, Baer & Fuller
Montana
  Butte
    Hennessy's
Nebraska
  Lincoln
  Omaha
    Brandeis    Kilpatrick's
New Jersey
  Newark
New York
  Buffalo
    AM & A’s    L. L. Berger    Wm. Hengerer Co. Hens & Kelly
  New York City
    Gimbels    Lord & Taylor    Macy’s
  Rochester
    B. Forman & Co.    McCurdy & Co.   Sibley’s
  Syracuse
    The Addis Co.    Dey Brothers    E. W. Edwards & Son    Sibley’s
Oklahoma
  Oklahoma City
Ohio
  Akron
    O’Neil’s    Polsky’s
  Cincinnatti
  Cleveland
    Halle’s    Higbee’s    May Co.
  Columbus
    Lazarus    The Union
  Dayton
    Elder-Beerman    Rike's
  Toledo
    Lamson’s    Lasalle’s    Lion Store
  Youngstown
Oregon
  Portland
    Lipman’s    I. Magnin    Meier & Frank    Rhodes
Pennsylvania
  Allentown
    Hess’s    Leh & Co.
  Erie
    Boston Store    Halle’s
  Lancaster
    Watt & Shand  Hager & Bro.
  Philadelphia
  Pittsburgh
  Reading
    Pomeroy’s
  Scranton
    The Globe
Tennessee
  Chattanooga
    Loveman’s    Miller’s
  Knoxville
    Miller’s    Rich’s
  Memphis
    Goldsmith’s    Lowenstein’s
  Nashville
    Cain-Sloan    Castner-Knott Co.
Texas
  Amarillo
    White & Kirk  
  Dallas
  Houston
    Foley’s    Joske’s    Sakowitz
  Lubbock
    Hemphill-Wells
  San Antonio
Utah
  Salt Lake City
    Auerbach’s    ZCMI
Virginia
  Richmond
Washington
  Seattle
  Spokane
  Tacoma   
    Peoples    Rhodes
West Virginia
  Charleston
    The Diamond
    Stone & Thomas
  Wheeling
     Stone & Thomas
Wisconsin
  Madison
  Milwaukee
    Boston Store
    Chapman’s    Gimbels
  Sheboygan
     Prange's

CANADA
  Calgary
    The Bay    Eaton’s
  Edmonton
    The Bay    Eaton’s    Woodward's
  Hamilton
    Eaton’s    The Right House    Robinson’s
  London
    Eaton’s    Simpson’s
  Montreal
    Dupuis Freres    Eaton    Holt-Renfrew    Morgan’s
    Ogilvy’s    Simpsons
  Ottawa
    The Bay    Charles Ogilvy Ltd.    Morgan’s    Simpson’s
  Quebec City
    La Compagnie Paquet   Simons   Holt Renfrew   Syndicat de Qu├ębec
  Regina
    The Bay    Eaton’s    Simpson’s
  Saskatoon
     The Bay   Eaton's
  Toronto
    The Bay    Eaton’s    Holt Renfrew    Simpson’s
  Vancouver
    The Bay    Eaton’s    Woodward’s
  Victoria
    The Bay    Eaton’s    Woodward’s
  Winnipeg
    The Bay    Eaton’s