Lost Chicago Department Stores

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Within thirty years of the Great Chicago Fire, the revitalized city was boasting some of America’s grandest department stores. The retail corridor on State Street was a crowded canyon of innovation and inventory where you could buy anything from a paper clip to an airplane. Revisit a time when a trip downtown meant dressing up for lunch at Marshall Field’s Walnut Room, strolling the aisles of Sears for Craftsman tools or redeeming S&H Green Stamps at Wieboldt’s. Whether your family favored The Fair, Carson Pirie Scott, Montgomery Ward or Goldblatt’s, you were guaranteed stunning architectural design, attentive customer service and eye-popping holiday window displays. Lavishly illustrated with photographs, advertisements, catalogue images and postcards, Leslie Goddard’s narrative brings to life the Windy City’s fabulous retail past.
ISBN: 9781467147712
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Landmarks
Images: 95
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Leslie Goddard is an award-winning historian who has been writing and lecturing about topics in American history and women’s history for more than twenty years. She holds a PhD in interdisciplinary studies and an MA in museum studies and is the author of several books on Chicago history, including Remembering Marshall Field’s (Arcadia Publishing, 2011) and Chicago’s Sweet Candy History (Arcadia Publishing, 2012). Audiences in more than thirty states have enjoyed her history presentations, including at the Chicago Public Library, Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago History Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Road Scholars, Victorian Society in America, Questers International and hundreds of libraries, colleges, clubs, civic organizations and Chautauqua festivals.
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