Albert Steiger Co., Springfield, Massachusetts



Main Store of the Albert Steiger Co. in Springfield, Massachusetts

Illustration of part of the Steiger store from 1930

Steiger's Hartford store, Main and Pratt Streets, originally Steiger-Vedder Co. (1919)



The Albert Steiger Co. store in Holyoke, Massachusetts, dating from 1896

Albert Steiger Co.
1479 Main Street
Springfield, Massachusetts

ST 5-5892

SPRINGFIELD STORE DIRECTORY

Main Floor
Jewelry Shop • Toiletries Shop • Cosmetics • Glove Shop • Handbag Shop • Small Leather Goods • Handkerchief Shop • Hosiery Shop • Slipper Bar • Little Hat Bar • Main FLoor Blouse Shop • Main Floor Sportswear • Main Floor Lingerie • Shoe Salon • Notions Shop • Stationery Shop • Candy Shop • The Man's Shop • Campus Shop • Directions for Young Men

Mezzanine
Book Balcony

Second Floor
Misses' Shop • Women's World • Daytime Dress Shop • Boulevard Shop • Town & Country Dresses • Blouse Shop • Sweater Shop • Sportswear Shop • Career Sportswear • Coat Shop • Suit Shop • Fur Salon • Millinery Salon • Wig Boutique • French Room • Showcase • Venture • Junior Colony • Lingerie Shop • Corset Shop • Robe Shop • Maternity Shop

Third Floor
Boys' Shop • Girls' Shop • Toddler's Shop • Baby Shop • Teen Shop • Pre Teen Shop • Junior Shoe Shop • Bedding Shop • Bath Shop • Domestics Shop • Fabric Shop • Housewares Shop • Beauty Salon

Fourth Floor
Drapery Shop • Curtain Shop • Mattress Shop • Luggage Shop • Credit Office

The Hall Galleries Mahogany Room (Silver) • Art Gallery • Wall Decor • Lamps • Chandeliers • Occasional Furniture • Glassware • Crystal Shop • Personalized Stationery Shop • Bridal Registry

Fifth Floor
Colonial Tea Room


The Hall Galleries Gifts • China Balcony • Trim-the-Tree Shop

BRANCH STORES

Holyoke (1896)
High Street








Hartford (1919)
Main at Pratt


Longmeadow (1961)
Longmeadow Shops





Springfield Plaza (1964)
St. James Avenue and Crew St.
36,000 s.f.




Westfield (1965)
Friendly Shops
38,000 s.f.





Eastfield (1967)
Eastfield Mall
83,000 s.f.




Enfield Square Mall (1972)
Enfield




71 comments:

  1. Is this the same Steigers that established a fur co. in Terre Haute, IN in 1912? I have tried finding info about the store and cannot.

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  2. i was looking for online shoe shop and I came into this blog I like to read it

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  3. The Hartford store, which I believe didn't last into WWII, is actually at Pratt and Trumbull Streets, and the building is still there.

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  4. The Hartford store closing was announced on Nov. 15, 1962. At that time, it was stated that the store, at 885 Main Street, would remain open until January 31st of 1963. However, when construction of the new Steiger store was announced in 1926, it clearly stated that the building was at Pratt and Trumbull. A quick check of Bing Maps' aerial view of Hartford, shows that this building does indeed still exist. When I have the time, I will check if they ever moved to Main Street, thuis explaining the discrepancy, but I doubt it, and stand somewhat corrected!

    Thanks for helping clarify. If I have learned anything from The Department Store Museum (and writing a book presently), it is that nothing in history is actually clear, and if accuracy is a goal, a lot of different sources have to be checked!

    Bruce

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  5. Bruce-
    885 Main Street would've been at the corner of Main and Pratt Streets on the west side of Main St across from the Sage-Allen flagship store. In later years, this might've been where the Casual Corner specialty store was. G.Fox & Co. was on the east side at 960 Main Street, and Wise-Smtih (later the Hartford Korvette's store) was one block north of Steiger's across from Fox's. Wise-Smith was gone by the mid-1950's, but had a large store as well. Building is still there and was remodeled in the late 1970's into an office building that housed an American Airlines reservation center. W-S had no branches that I am aware of.

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  7. Worked at Steiger's from 1965 to 1972. was a buyer for Bath shop and table coverings,also asst. manager of Holyoke store for a short time. What a great place to work, many great memories. This was the golden age of retail.Does not even come close to today's retail

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  8. I remember having breakfast with santa at the downtown Springfield store.

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  9. I remember Steigers, vividly and with fond memories. I was on my way back home to the UK after a business trip and needed to buy my wife a gift. My driver said I didn't have time but I was used to last minute panics and rushed into Steigers to buy an Incolay jwellery box at a cost of $37 plus $1.85 tax. That was on 26th August 1978; she still has it and I still have the receipt! Did I make the plane back to New York? Yes, but only just and in spite of the assistant insisting on gift wrapping it when she knew I was taking it back to England for my wife. Fortunately, it was a lot easier in those days with small, customer friendly airports and no security checks. I seem to remember the car dropped me off almost at the check in desk!!!
    Barry from Colchester, England's oldest recorded town (48AD)

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  10. Steiger's was an anchor in the Holyoke Mall (Ingleside) as well.

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  11. I worked in shoes. The wohl shoe co. was fabulous! I was engaged in the elevator of the Springfield store in 1985.

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  12. If anyone wants Steiger's stuff from their going-out-of-business sale, I have some available (bags, stickers, etc.). Email me at FGosiewski AT aol DOT com. I am in Springfield, MA.

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  13. I recently purchased a home in Wilbraham, MA and was told the original owner, who built the home, was an employee of Steigers. Can anyone tell me if they new an employee there with the last name of Rothery? If so please mail me at kenbefound at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

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  14. I am looking for a "Teddy" Steiger, who was related to the Steiger family who owned/ran the Steiger Store in the 1950's/1960's.

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    1. Ted and his wife live in Manhattan. His "real" name is Albert E. Steiger III.

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  15. Steigers went out of business in 1994. Supposedly they auctioned off some of the interior items from the store at the time.
    Some lady presumably purchased the antique display cases the Hall Galleries had, and she didn't buy them from auction, but from the store.
    There were many large photos of the store in their window displays back in that time of 1993-1994.
    I waited for a friend to tell me when the auction would be held, but she never did. Some friend! Would have loved a piece of Steigers History!

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  16. I have a 3/4 length mink coat from Steiger's that belonged to my Mother. Can someone give me a rough estimate on what I should ask for it. The coat is in excellent condition and has a fur hat with it. Thank you. My email Ameshack@aol.com

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  17. Steiger's was an anchor in the Hampshire Mall in Hadley, and then became a Media Play, and then a huge appliance store, and I think it was where Best Buy is. I was SO sad to see it go.

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  18. I'm looking for a distant relative - his name is Lucien Arthur (Leblanc) White who worked as a store clerk at the Albert Steiger Co. store in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1917. He gave his home address as 655 Dwight in Holyoke. I realize that it's a long shot but am hoping someone who sees this might have records/pictures of the time and that one of these pictures may include Lucien. After his father passed in 1954 he never returned to Vermont again to visit family and then passed himself in 1963. His niece - my grand aunt is just wondering if he had family or friends in Mass who might remember him and perhaps fill in the missing pieces. My email address is SLBushway@aol.com. We know that he was working at the VA Hospital is Boston but we don't know for how long and/or when he passed if anyone claimed his body or if he is in a pauper's grave. Any help would be appreciated.

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  19. Steiger's Hall Gallery in Springfield MA had a Rogaska Crystal pattern with little flowers made for Steiger's. I'm interested in obtaining more pieces. Does anyone know about or own this crystal stemware and barware? I'd be interested in hearing from you. dcmalo@charter.net

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  20. Does anyone have access to the old Steiger's commercials? I believe the Steigers model was a woman named Pat Cohen?

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  21. I drove chanuncy from is house to spring feld store from time to time he had 2 walking stick at at time name reinaldo rivera use to work there as a maint personal al mals was the boss of maint dept my email reyrivera2011@hotmail.com

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  22. I have 3/4 length cream white mink coat from Steigers that was my mother's. It does need a fresh lining as the original still has my mothers name on the label. Any ideas on how much this is worth?? I can be reached at kelimyers1213@gmail.com

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  23. I worked in directions for young men in the eastfield store during a winter break from school, hated it--but since my uncle was the manager he would not fire me, and ofcourse I could not quit--I miss the talking Christmas tree and the air walk over main street

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  24. Steigers was such an important part of downtown Springfield along with Forbes and Wallace. I miss the days when Springfield was a safe and enjoyable place to visit!

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  25. I was a young kid and remember eating at the Tea Room and then it was remodeled and its name chnaged over to Chauncey's. Steiger's was a nice store. They had quality merchandise and fine service. After they left, Downtown Springfield went to hell in a handbasket. We used to also shop at the Springfield Plaza branch which is now a Dollar Tree and a TJ Maxx.

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  26. I have a 1953 AIRMAIL envelope from London stamped envelope addressed to Mr. W. Stearns, Merchandise Manager, Albert Steiger Comany, Springfield, MASS. U.S.A.

    I wondered if Stearns went on to form his own department store?

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  27. Do you have any information on the reason or the whereabouts of the 2 Greyhound statues that were present in a lot of the Steigers stores? These were 5ft statues that stood near the entrances.

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  28. I am not sure; it is the first I have heard of them. it is interesting, to say the least. When I have a chance, I'll look into it. Check back to see what I might have found.

    Bruce

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  29. I remember the downtown Steiger's with very fond memories. Having breakfast with Santa, then going to talk to the talking Christmas tree. Going up to the 5th floor, Tea Room for lunch, loved the chicken croquetts. Going down to the BARGIN Basement, finding great bargins!! Today you cannot find a retail store that comes close to Steiger's. Sure do miss it.

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  30. Bill Brouillard Jr.12 July, 2012 21:04

    I worked for Steiger's at the Brookdale Office Facility 1975-76 - I was the "Mailboy" - Lots of nice people and a great experience

    Bill

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  31. I was given a teddy bear from Steigers in 1994 right before they closed. Is there any value to it now?

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  32. I have a mink coat with a label Steigers Furs Terre Haute, Indiana I have been searching for information on the store, my Mother said it was a big deal but did not have much information. I would appreaciate any information that you may be able to give me on this store. Thank you very much.

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  33. To all the folks here with fur coats with Steiger's labels. It is nearly impossible to value anything with NO PHOTOS!!! Condition is everything, as we know, old fur can dry out terribly and be worthless. Just to let you know.

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  34. I have some Borghese art work from the Hall Gallery that I inherited from my aunt who worked in the Springfield store in the 1950's. Does anyone know if there is a market for this ?

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  35. Breakfast with Santa, Steiger's Tea Room (chicken croquettes, of course!) The smell of the candy section as you walked in off the street!

    I miss Springfield when it had a functioning downtown.

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  36. I worked as a Visual Merchandizing Manager in the Holyoke store. Loved it.
    My mom shopped at the downtown store for years. I can still see the marble columns and gorgeous stained glass window with the S design.
    I do miss the personal touch given to every shopper. These were people we knew by name. Personable, and professionalism with every purchase. Days gone by for sure. Thanks for all the history here.
    P

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  37. I grew up in Southern Maryland in the 70s and 80s. My grandmother (mom's side) lived in Holyoke and came to see us every Christmas. Every Chritmas we'd all get the nicest gifts in boxes with "Steiger's" emblazoned all over in metallic gold script. Oh I wish I had one of those boxes today!

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  38. Joanne Mckenzie Forcier28 January, 2013 14:14

    I grew up in Springfield and still own Steiger's boxes. Even my grown children know it was a special gift box. It was like halmark's -- "if you care enough to send the very best." We also have a Forbes & Wallace and a Steiger credit card.

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  39. My great great grandfather's company built the Holyoke Steigers building. He met with Tiffany to commission the stained glass window that later adorned the Holyoke Mall store. Does anyone know what happened to that window? (dman508@gmail.com)

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  40. Does anybody know what the other stores in the Westfield Shops were back between 65-75 ?

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  41. Hi I worked for Steigers in the downtown store back in 1970 and 1971 in what used to be called "The Campus Shop" and then when it went "mod", "Directions Unlimited". I worked first for Tom Tiedgen, and then later for Teddy Steiger. Anyway I would love to reconnect with anyone I worked there with. I now live in Malibu, CA but would still like to hear from anyone who remembers those days. Brian Scully BrianRScully@gmail.com

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  42. What a cool website. I grew up in Longmeadow and remember Steiger's at the Longmeadow Shops well. Got my Lacoste shirts there in High school in the early 80's and still have most of them. I remember going with my parents on a Christmas house tour in Longmeadow in the early 80's and one house was on Woodsley Road near LCC. They had a gigantic christmas tree with huge piles of boxes arranged under it, all Steiger's boxes with ribbons on them. That made a huge impression on me as a kid, thinking that all of their presents came from Steiger's! Of course later I realized they were empty props as advertising...

    Longmeadow Shops still survives, but it's not the same without Steiger's. And although I'm long gone form WMass, it's still sad to think about how vibrant downtown Springfield used to be, with Johnson's Bookstore, Forbes and Wallace, and Steiger's among others. Eastfield Mall looks deserted, too.

    I remember when Eastfield was new and the entrance to Steiger's seemed huge to a little kid. I would follow my mom into the store, and on the left was where the Aigner pocketbooks she bought were. I got an Aigner belt there once and thought I was a big kid. Remember when there wasn't even a food court at Eastfield, other than Orange Julius?

    Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

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  43. Wasn't there a Steiger's at Enfield Square, too?

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  44. MY MOM WORKED AT STEIGERS DOWN TOWN SPRINGFIELD IN THE EARLY 70'S TO MID TO LATE 70'S,,,MY SISTER WORKED THERE AS WELL AS HER HUSBAND AKA THE TALKING CHRISTMAS TREE,,I WOULD SAVE MONEY FROM BABYSITTING DURING THE SUMMER AND BRING MY MOM TO LUNCH ONCE A WEEK IN THE TEA ROOM,,IT WAS ALWAYS ALOT OF FUN, TALKING WITH HER CO-WORKER'S AND FRIENDS

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  45. THE LAST FAMILY MEMBER WAS PUT IN JAIL FOR MURDER AND LOST EVERY THING TO DO WITH THE STORE,,,

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  46. I used to work in the Holyoke Mall store in the 80's and loved my job there. Great people! Haven't heard anything about any reunions lately. I would like to attend if they're still having them. Also bought our house from a woman who was a buyer for Steiger's. She left behind a key chain with a coat of arms and it says something about a 25 year club. i would like to give it to a surviving family member even if it's qa distant one. There must be some great grand kids around.

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  47. I came across this site while looking to find some information about an old travel trunk I bought at auction.
    The sticker inside is faded but I can make out - L.E. Thuis, Vicennes, Ind.
    The Leather Goods Store
    _______, suitcases, purses,
    traveling bags
    ________ everything in the harness line
    Can anyone help me pinpoint the approximate date and manufacturer or steer me in the right direction?
    Thanks.

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  48. I loved the store and did know their son from the Suffield Country Club. He murdered a couple people in town with a friend of his. Terrible ending to what once was.

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  49. Robin Steiger Cook02 August, 2013 19:11

    As a child growing up in Mass. I was told we were related to Albert Steiger..My father was from the Cherri valley area" Worcester county" in Mass. his father came over from Paris France..I have no clue if this is true or not, but would like to know if indeed we were related!

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  50. I grew up in chicopee mom used to take my sister and i on the bus to holoyoke shopping on main str. The bus stop was on the main street side of the city hall. Which steigers was across the street. I remember the big dark wood stair case nect to the elevators. Now every time i visit northampton thorn's market. I always take the strairs. Reminds me of steigers stairs. Other stores iare fond of grants. And dorthy dodds. Davione jewerly. remember clark's anyone?

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  51. I still have a shirt I wear with the Steiger's label. Perhaps bought in 1970-1975. Could call it an antique now. Still in great shape.

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  52. I've seen Eric Steiger's Twitter page.. What a tragedy. I never knew about it until the last few days when I was researching for a Westfield Facebook page.....

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  53. Who was Eric's father? His mother June passed away in March 2013.

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  54. Who was Eric's father, June died in March of this year.

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  55. Steiger;s was always that special place we went for a few SPECIAL items. JM Fields and Thom Mcann otherwise.
    Hated the odor when my Mother took me to the floor with the hair dresser... something used on the woman's hair
    My Mother was a young girl from West Kerry, Ireland when she went to work for the Steiger family as cook and nanny. Even went to Sound View with during the summer.
    This was when Springfield was worthy of CITY OF HOMES. Large, unique houses with maids for each floor, driver, cook, nanny, landscapers to are for lawn and tennis court and to erect ice skating rink in the winter.
    May God Bless all those individuals like my Mother and for Old Springfield which gave Her a beginning in a country

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  56. Thank you for the interesting and personal post. Yes, God bless those like your mom who brought their good values, culture, and hard work to this country and made such a difference for us all.

    Bruce

    p.s. West Kerry - a beautiful place!

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  57. I have a fur coat in great condition and would like to know what it is worth and would anyone be interested in buying? with pictures and would l

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  58. Jon in Fort Lauderdale13 November, 2013 06:50

    I remember going to Steiger's with my Mother back in the early 1960's. The only other store we ever went to was the nearby Forbes and Wallace.
    Steiger's had these wonderful female elevator operators and I remember the Hall Galleries being filled with all sorts of wonderful objects.

    The whole experience which I am sure seems "old fashioned" today somehow also seems much more refined and less frenetic.

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  59. I have many fond memories of Steiger's, having grown up in Western Mass in the 80's. While we usually shopped at the Westfield or Holyoke Mall stores, we'd occasionally head to the Springfield store for lunch in the tea room before an afternoon of shopping--the women who ran it always loved to see me, the little boy who loved pickled beets. I can still remember how shocked I was when they announced that the chain was closing.

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  60. We also still have several old Steiger's boxes that circulate through the family every Christmas--we call them "Steiger's memorial boxes," and it's a big deal when someone gets one!

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  61. You are not the only one with a soft spot for pickled beets! Thanks for sharing your memories.

    Bruce

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  62. Reunion for Westfield employees-Sunday 4/27/14, 1-4pm at the Westfield Elks. Bring an app or dessert. No cost.
    Mike Agan

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  63. The Library of Congress actually has photos of the Steiger's Springfield store from 1953.

    http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=steiger%20company%20springfield&sg=true

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  64. My grandmother, Margherite Morgan worked at the downtown Springfield store for many years. I remember going to see the talking Christmas tree, and how grand the store was.

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  65. Greetings Morganwerk - I worked for Steiger's from 1971 until 1995, stayed on to help with some administrative work. I do remember your grandmother very well - always good for a laugh or two. In fact I would sometimes ride home with her on the bus - we both lived in West Springfield.

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  66. Thanks for all your stories, ya'll help me remember a few of my own

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  67. I love your blog. I came across it while looking for info on Springfield during the 50s and 60s. When I graduated from High School of Commerce ('65), I went to work for Steiger;s in the auditing department. I worked for three years. I later went to work for Forbes & Wallace from '71 to '73. I have so many memories and experiences working at the two great stores. I you have any questions, maybe I have some answers.

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  68. I worked at Steiger's in the art department from 1969 to 1975 or so. The Ad Manager was Joel Frede and the Art Director was Val Pesagna. It was a great store with alot of wonderful people. Have very fond memories!

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  69. I'm getting old, the previous post I mentioned Joel Frede and Val Pesagna in the Advertising Dept. My bad, they both worked for Forbes & Wallace. I worked in the ad dept for both stores, F & W in late 60's and Steiger's in the 70's. I have very fond memories of each. I started my career in advertising working as a girl Friday in the ad dept at R.H. Stearns in the downtown Boston store. My first job after graduating from college.

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  70. Sorry the info above is incorrect. The Art Director of Steiger's during the 70's was June Burte and the Ad manager was Richard 'Dick' LaVallee. Joel Frede and Val Pesagna worked for Forbes & Wallace.

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