Lavishly illustrated with photographs and ephemera from all over the world 'The World of Department Stores' by Vendome Press, offers a fascinating history of these centers of shopping and regional culture.
Born in the Gilded Age in France, the department store grew-up due to the industrial revolution, the rise of the middle class, and the invention of steel-frame architecture and the elevator.
Spectacular buildings heralded a new way of shopping, as entertainment rather than a laborious grind.
Let's explore these temples of consumerism, where dreams were fulfilled
Today the interest is waning, the chains in particular. But as we know, the winds of taste can quickly change.
Designed by Gustave Eiffel, Bon Marche of Paris, is the very first department store
Internationally there is Liberty's of London
And GUM of Moscow, to mention a very few
Our Chicago institution was revered and tradition centered for numerous families. We used to meet my dear grandmother Minnie (love that name) under the clock. When it became Macy's, the uproar was tremendous. Many refuse to shop there to this day
In the Geneva, Il. shop or via email, you can still shop for the renowned DEE GANN SANTA'S.
Dee is a local phenom that hand crafts each of her magical Santa's; the faces, beard, clothes.....for instance the sleeve of a Victorian garment becomes his cloak. Adornments are collected through the year truly adding to the individuality of each creation.
Thank you Dee for selecting us annually to represent your treasures!