Cleveland's Department Stores (Images of America Series)

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Overview


Originating as simple one- or two-room storefront operations, Cleveland's department stores grew as population and industry in the region boomed throughout the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th. They moved into ever larger and elaborate structures in an attempt to woo the shopping dollars of blue-collar and genteel Clevelanders alike. Stores such as Halle's, Higbee's, May Company, Bailey Company, Sterling-Lindner-Davis, and others both competed with and complemented one another, all the while leaving an indelible mark on the culture of northeast Ohio and beyond. From the humble origins of Halle's horse-drawn delivery wagons and the elaborate design of Higbee's on Public Square to Christmas favorites like Mr. Jingeling and the massive Christmas tree at Sterling-Lindner-Davis--it is all here in crisp, black-and-white images, many of which have not been seen in print for decades.
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The first department stores in Cleveland were modest, one- or two-room "mom and pops." As the city expanded (it grew tenfold between 1870 and 1930), these storefront operations blossomed with it, growing into well-known commercial institutions: Higbees, Halle's, May Company, and Sterling-Lindner-Davis. Retail historian Christopher Faircloth's Cleveland Department Stores takes us into a mostly vanished, pre-mall world in this successful Arcadia time-travel experiment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738560762
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/20/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,369,701
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Christopher Faircloth is a retail historian who has researched the history of retail developments in northeast Ohio. In Cleveland's Department Stores, he documents the history of the exciting phenomenon of local retailing through historic photographs dating from the late 1800s to the present.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 From One Room to One Block 9

2 Heyday of Cleveland's Department Stores 21

3 Faces behind the Glitter 49

4 Celebrities' Home Away from Home 63

5 Christmastime Windows, Keys, and Giant Trees 73

6 Beckoning Call of the Suburbs 97

7 Only the Strong Survive 113

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