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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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See a lecture about Jacobson's,
as presented at the Baldwin
Public Library on 24 Jan. 2012
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photo by Carroll DeWeese
Jacobson's-I Miss It So!
has just been honored by
the State of Michigan as a
"Michigan Notable Book."
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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 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.
|Another fine book by Michael Lisicky|
Informative, well wriitten and
eminently readable - perhaps his
finest effort in the series
and highly recommended
|A comprehensive history of Boston's|
Jordan Marsh Company
|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|
|Kaufmann's of Pittsburgh|
chronicled by Letitia Savage
|Another book by Michael|
Lisicky who delves into
the history of "New Jersey's
Greatest Store" -
|And a book about|
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book about not just
John A. Brown
but threee of
AUTHOR MICHAEL LISICKY'S
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Hauser, Focusing on Grand Rapids
Michael Lisicky has produced
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& Lothrop exquisitely presented
in Michael Lisicky's latest book.
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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.
District of Columbia
Joseph Speiss Company
William Y. Gilmore's & Sons
Weise's Carson Pirie Scott & Co.
Denholm & McKay
New York City
J.B. Ivey & Co. Belk Brothers
Glosser Brothers Penn-Traffic
Belk of Columbia
White & Kirk
The Popular The White House
Cox's Monnig's Stripling's
Tidewater (Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton Roads)
Leggett Nachman's Rice's