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. 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
is now in editing and production, and the publi-
cation date is now set for October 21, 2014.
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
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
who entered through its solid wooden doors.
|Read the history of Woodward|
& Lothrop exquisitely presented
in Michael Lisicky's latest book.
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
|Another outstanding book|
by Michael Lisicky -
well-illustrated and very much
up to the standard set by this
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 email@example.com
and they will be included.
new display of department store security badges.
Click the Picture
to go to the new
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.
Northern Commercial Company
D. M. Read Co.
Weise's Carson Pirie Scott & Co.
The Root Store Co.
Denholm & McKay
White & Kirk