The State of the American Department Store


Courtesy of Retail Diva

The American department store first emerged on the American landscape in larger cities in the mid-19th to the early 20th century. Stores like Stewart’s and Macy’s in New York, Wannamaker in Philadelphia, and Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company and Marshall Field’s in Chicago were dubbed “cathedrals of consumption” for their grand architecture and state-of-the-art amenities like lighting, elevators, and dressing rooms.

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Photo credit: Macy’s


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