Remember Me to Herald Square: Share Your Department Store Memories

When they came into style in the early 20th century, department stores put the good life on display and served as social destinations. Share your stories and memories of going to department stores.

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Gimbels, Philadelphia, between 1900 and 1910
Gimbels, Philadelphia, between 1900 and 1910 ( Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-D4-34744 )
Newspaper image of opening day at Lord & Taylor on Broadway and 20th Street, New York, 1873. Ladies ascending in the elevator.
Newspaper image of opening day at Lord & Taylor on Broadway and 20th Street, New York, 1873. Ladies ascending in the elevator. ( Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-121663 )
Entrance to Wanamaker's New York store, 8:30 AM, 1910. This photo is from the records of the National Child Labor Committee.
Entrance to Wanamaker's New York store, 8:30 AM, 1910. This photo is from the records of the National Child Labor Committee. ( Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection, LC-DIG-nclc-04632 )
Macy's Building and Herald Square, 1907
Macy's Building and Herald Square, 1907 ( Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-123584 )
14th Street Store, between 1900 and 1906
14th Street Store, between 1900 and 1906 ( Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-D4-33679 )

Artist Myrtle Edwards attended fashion shows in the 1930s at various department stores and sketched these fashions for the New York Herald Tribune. The published sketches gave information on where to buy the items, on what floor, and even the saleswoman to ask for. This image was provided by the artist's daughter, Andrea Edwards Anthony.

Artist Myrtle Edwards sketched department store fashions for the New York Herald Tribune in the 1930s.
Artist Myrtle Edwards sketched department store fashions for the New York Herald Tribune in the 1930s.
Upscale living room display at B. Altman & Co., New York, 1944
Upscale living room display at B. Altman & Co., New York, 1944 ( Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, LC-G612-T-45120 )
Restaurant at Abraham and Strauss, Brooklyn, New York, 1965
Restaurant at Abraham and Strauss, Brooklyn, New York, 1965 ( Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, LC-G613-80281 )
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