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The grand emporiums : the illustrated history of America's great department stores

Author: Robert Hendrickson
Publisher: New York : Stein and Day, 1980, ©1979.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Scarborough books edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Hendrickson
ISBN: 0812860926 9780812860924
OCLC Number: 11476450
Notes: "A Scarborough book."
Includes index.
Description: viii, 488 pages, 40 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: From peddlers to grand emporiums --
The founding fathers --
Minding the store: early operations, from floorwalkers, drummers, and cash children to pneumatic tubes --
The big stores: stories of famous full-line department stores and how they grew --
For the mass with class: the high-fashion or specialty department stores --
Everybody loves a bargain: from shlock shops to discount department stores --
Hurry, hurry, hurry ... send no money ... satisfaction guaranteed: the mail-order department stores --
The urge to merge and "The chain store menace": American chain store development --
The malling of Main Street: suburban and city shopping centers --
Does Macy's tell Gimbels: ads, displays, dummies, parades, santas, reindeer and all manner of promotions past and present --
Rip-offs in wonderland: boosters, snitches, con artists, errant Easter bunnies and peeping toms --
Workers in paradise and the Great American customer: including strikes, unions, credit cards, and many unhappy returns of the day --
More great American stores --
past, present, and future --
The Great American department store pages of superlatives --
An honor roll of other notable department stores.
Responsibility: Robert Hendrickson.

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