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Filene's: Boston's Great Specialty Store (Images of America Series)

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Regarded as the "World's Largest Specialty Store," William Filene's Sons Company, founded in 1870, brought fashion and entertainment to generations of Bostonians. Brothers Edward and Lincoln Filene were revolutionaries who championed employee relations and innovative merchandising. In 1909, Edward organized and opened Filene's famous Automatic Bargain Basement. Lincoln helped found the Federated Department Stores Company in March 1929. Filene's was a pioneer in branch-store development. In its heyday, the store ...
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Overview


Regarded as the "World's Largest Specialty Store," William Filene's Sons Company, founded in 1870, brought fashion and entertainment to generations of Bostonians. Brothers Edward and Lincoln Filene were revolutionaries who championed employee relations and innovative merchandising. In 1909, Edward organized and opened Filene's famous Automatic Bargain Basement. Lincoln helped found the Federated Department Stores Company in March 1929. Filene's was a pioneer in branch-store development. In its heyday, the store hosted appearances by fashion designers, such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, and Pauline Trigère, in addition to celebrities, like Zsa Zsa Gabor, Gloria Swanson, and Gene Autry. A victim of retail consolidation, the flagship downtown Boston store closed its doors in 2006. Its building, designed by the internationally renowned architect Daniel Burnham, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012 and anxiously awaits its redevelopment. Most of these historic photographs come directly from the Filene Marketing Archives at the Boston Public Library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738591582
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/21/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 963,578
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Author Michael J. Lisicky is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and serves as an oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He lectures and has written extensively on various department store histories.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

1 Grand Opening 11

2 Down Under 25

3 Show Windows 33

4 Branching Out 45

5 In the Other Corner 57

6 The Fabulous Fifties 67

7 Fashion Update 81

8 Spreading the Wealth 93

9 May Day 107

10 Wrapping It Up 119

Bibliography 127

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