These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed

November 6, 2014 7:57 PM

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These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed

One of the fondest memories from my childhood was going to the Wanamaker's store in Philadelphia for lunch with my grandmother. We'd go right around every holiday to find me a frilly holiday dress, then visit the store's tea room for a light snack. When I tell this story to others, it's as if I told them that my grandmother and I regularly traveled to the moon. Their brains cannot compute that a department store would have anything but a sad food counter (anyone ever been to a Target?). And frilly holiday dresses? Who am I, Shirley Temple?

A view of the famous organ at the former Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia. It's now a Macy's.

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