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.
|Watch TRUE STORY:Jacobson's on Jackson TV.|
and will be in the shops in November.
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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
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.
|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.
|Another fine book by Michael Lisicky|
|A comprehensive history of Boston's|
|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|
|Click to see a fine new|
book about not just
John A. Brown
but threee of
LATEST BOOK, CELEBRATING
|A New Book by Historian Michael|
Michael Lisicky has produced
an authoritative history of
|Read the history of Woodward|
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,
included an exhibit of
have been small, the display has been improved and updated.
you may send a photo or scan to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
District of Columbia
Joseph Speiss Company
William Y. Gilmore's & Sons
Weise's Carson Pirie Scott & Co.
Denholm & McKay
M. Epstein & Co.
New York City
Ivey's Bon Marché Belk
J.B. Ivey & Co. Belk Brothers
Ellis Stone Thalhimer's
Glosser Brothers Penn-Traffic
The Globe Scranton Dry Goods
Belk of Columbia
White & Kirk
The Popular The White House
Leggett Nachman's Rice's
Stone & Thomas
Stone & Thomas