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The Department Store Museum

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.

In general, since the museum is electronic and not housed in a building, I cannot take large items from these stores.  I would accept paper material (employee handbooks, advertising, newsletters) and scans of photographs, etc. should you have something to donate.  You may reach me at

Please understand that The Department Store Museum is a work in progress and a labor of love.  It is almost continuously updated as new information becomes available.




NEW!
Updated Exhibits with New Images & History Essays

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A documentary
aboutJacobson's
Watch TRUE STORY:Jacobson's on Jackson TV.


CROWLEY'S:
Detroit's Friendly Store
by Bruce Allen Kopytek


Crowley's: Detroit's Friendly Store.
is now available on amazon.com
and will be in the shops in November.
Click above to go directly to amazon.com

EATON'S:
THE TRANS-CANADA STORE


A comprehensive history of
national department store. 


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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."


Return to the elegance of
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!. 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 BOOKS!


Anne Erers Hitz has followed up on her excellent book
on The Emporium with this new one - that chronicles
the history of San Francisco's other stores.

Read about the history of a fine
Denver institution, well researched
and beautifully illustrated.


This new book traces the origins of
a favorite Salt Lake City store.

Lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced,
this is a highly-endorsed study of the
department stores of Minnesota.

Another well-done and comprehensive
book by Mark Barnhouse that covers
the fine stores that once lined
Denver's Sixteenth Street.

Abraham and Straus: It's Worth a Trip from Anywhere
Another fine book by Michael Lisicky



Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store
A comprehensive history of Boston's


Kaufmann's Department Store
Another book about one of
Pittsburgh'sgreat department stores

A  great new book by a
devoted Cincinnati author
that covers Shillito's, McAlpins's
Pogue's and Mabley & Carew



Vicki Ingham's new book
about Younkers

Kaufmann's of Pittsburgh
chronicled by Letitia Savage


Another book by Michael
Lisicky who delves into
the history of "New Jersey's
Greatest Store" -
Bamberger's

And a book about
Bamberger's founder
Louis Bamberger

Click to see a fine new
book about not just
John A. Brown
but threee of
Oklahoma City's
favorite stores


 
LATEST BOOK, CELEBRATING
FLORIDA'S GREAT
MAAS BROTHERS


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A New Book by Historian Michael


Anne Evers Hitz' new book about
San Francisco's beloved
Emporium, the "Big E."



Michael Lisicky has produced
an authoritative history of
Pennsylvania's Pomeroy's



Read about St. Louis'  last
department store, Famous-Barr


A well-illustrated volume
dedicated to Richmond's
fondly-remembered
Thalhimers

Read the history of Woodward


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
department store
Click the photo





From its inception in 2010,
included an exhibit of
have been small, the display has been improved and updated.
I
you may send a photo or scan to bakgraphics@comcast.net
and they will be included.




Owing to the generosity of a reader,
new display of department store security badges.
Click the photo



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
 
   
Alabama
 
   
 
    Gayfer’s
 
    Belk-Hudson    
Arizona
 
    The Broadway    Diamond’s    Goldwaters
 
    Levy’s    Steinfeld’s
California
 
    Gottschalk's
  Long Beach
    Buffums
 
 
    Capwell’s    I. Magnin    Rhodes
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
    The Emporium    Liberty House
    I. Magnin   Macy’s    
Colorado
 
    The Denver Dry Goods Co.    May-D&F    Neusteter’s
Connecticut
 
    D. M. Read Co.
 
    G. Fox & Co.    Sage-Allen    Steiger's
 
   
Delaware
  Wilmington
    Kennard's
District of Columbia
 
Florida
 
    Furchgott's    Ivey’s   
 
    Burdine’s    Jordan Marsh    Richards
 
    Ivey’s
 
 
Georgia
 
    Davison’s    Rich’s
 
    White’s
 
    Levy's
Hawaii
 
   
Ilinois
 
 
    Joseph Speiss Company  
 
    William Y. Gilmore's & Sons
  Peoria
    Carson Pirie Scott & Co. (Block & Kuhl)
 
     Weise's     Carson Pirie Scott & Co.
 
   
Indiana
 
 
    Wolf & Dessauer
 
    Ball Brothers
  South Bend
   
 
    Meis
    The Root Store Co.
Iowa
Davenport
    Petersen's 
 Des Moines
    Younker’s
Dubuque
     
Waterloo
    Black's  
Kentucky
 
    Kaufman-Straus    Stewart Dry Goods
Louisiana
 
Massachusetts
 
    Filene’s    Gilchrist's    Jordan Marsh    R. H. Stearns
 
  Worcester
    Denholm & McKay
Maine
 
    Porteous
Maryland
 
Michigan
 
    Crowley’s    Hudson's
 
     Smith-Bridgman    
  Grand Rapids
  Jackson
    Jacobson's    L. H. Field
 
    Gilmore Brothers
 
   
  Traverse City
    Milliken's
Minnesota
 
   
 
    Herberger's  Fandel's
 
    Dayton’s    Donaldson’s    Emporium    Field-Schlick    Young-Quinlan
Mississippi
 
    Kennington's   McRae's
Missouri
 
   
    Macy’s
 
Montana
 
    Hart-Albin Co.

    Hennessy's
Nebraska
 
    Brandeis (Gold’s)   
 
    Brandeis    Kilpatrick's
New Jersey
  Morristown  
     M. Epstein & Co.
  Newark
     Bamberger’s    Hahne & Co.
  Plainfield
     Tepper Brothers
 
      Lit Brothers
      Dunham's
      Arnold Constable
New York
 
    Fowler's
  Buffalo
 
    Iszard's  
  New York City
    Gimbels    Lord & Taylor    Macy’s
 
 
    The Addis Co.    Dey Brothers    E. W. Edwards & Son    Sibley’s
North Carolina
 
      Ivey's    Bon Marché    Belk
  Charlotte
      J.B. Ivey & Co.     Belk Brothers
 
      Ellis Stone     Thalhimer's
 
      Belk-Hudson
Oklahoma
 
Ohio
 
   
 
 
    Halle’s    Higbee’s    May Co.
 
  Dayton
    Elder-Beerman    Rike's
 
    Lamson’s    Lasalle’s    Lion Store
 
Oregon
 
    Lipman’s    I. Magnin    Meier & Frank    Rhodes
Pennsylvania
 
    Hess’s    Leh & Co.   Zollinger-Harned
 
    Gable's
  Erie
    Boston Store    Halle’s
 
    Glosser Brothers    Penn-Traffic
 
    Watt & Shand  Hager & Bro.
 
 
 
    Pomeroy’s
 
    The Globe   Scranton Dry Goods
South Carolina
 
    Belk
  Columbia
    Belk of Columbia
    Davison's
    Tapp's
    White's
  Greenville
     Belk-Simpson
     Ivey's
     Meyers-Arnold
 
     Belk
South Dakota
 
     Fantle's
Tennessee
 
    Loveman’s    Miller’s
 
   
 
   
 
   
Texas
 
    White & Kirk  
 
     Scarbrough's
  Dallas
 
    The Popular    The White House
 
     Cox's   
  Houston
    Foley’s    Joske’s   
 
    Hemphill-Wells
 
Utah
 
    Auerbach’s    ZCMI
Virginia
 
 
    Heironymous
 
     Leggett    Nachman's    Rice's
Washington
 
 
    The Crescent
   
 
   
West Virginia
 
   
    Stone & Thomas
 
     Stone & Thomas
Wisconsin
 
 
    Boston Store
    Chapman’s    Gimbels
 
     Prange's

CANADA
 
    The Bay   
 
    The Bay    Woodward's
 
    Eaton’s    The Right House    Robinson’s
 
    Eaton’s   
 
    Dupuis Freres    Eaton    Morgan’s
    Ogilvy’s    Simpsons
 
    The Bay    Charles Ogilvy Ltd.    Morgan’s   
 
    La Compagnie Paquet   Simons  
 
    The Bay   
 
     The Bay  
 
    The Bay    Eaton’s    Holt Renfrew    Simpson’s
 
    The Bay    Woodward’s
 
    The Bay    Eaton’s    Woodward’s
 
    The Bay    Eaton’s