State Street: One Brick at a Time

State Street: One Brick at a Time

by Robert P. Ledermann
     
 

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Linger on the mezzanines of fantastic movie palaces like the Oriental, sample the confectionary delights of Krantz Candies or recklessly splurge on dress shields or mustache wax at dime stores like Kresge's or Woolworths. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the painstakingly prepared displays at Marshall Field's, but leave plenty of time to visit Carson, Pirie,

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Linger on the mezzanines of fantastic movie palaces like the Oriental, sample the confectionary delights of Krantz Candies or recklessly splurge on dress shields or mustache wax at dime stores like Kresge's or Woolworths. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the painstakingly prepared displays at Marshall Field's, but leave plenty of time to visit Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co., The Fair, Montgomery Ward, Goldblatts, Wieboldt's and the Boston Store. Above all, meet the people behind the glitter and glamour of State Street who poured so much heartfelt energy into making it the magical place that it was. From its first bricks to future projects, Robert P. Ledermann lovingly recounts the history of this unique thoroughfare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609492946
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
10/06/2011
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
894,628
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Robert P. Ledermann was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. Working downtown throughout his adult life in the retail and credit fields, he appreciated and enjoyed Chicago and its history. The fine museums, libraries, restaurants and learning institutions all contributed to his love of research and writing. His fondness for the history of State Street, with all the fascinating people who added to its growth, encouraged Robert to write this book.
Robert is highly regarded as an expert on Marshall Field's and Uncle Mistletoe and is a huge Chicago and State Street nostalgia buff. His working history started at Lytton's and then Rothschild's. He was a member of the credit board for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association when he worked for the Kroch's & Brentano's Book Store for seventeen years as credit manager. He was a one-time member of the Greater State Street Council (now the Chicago Loop Alliance). He has written numerous articles, given historical lectures and written two other books: Chicago's State Christmas Parade and Christmas on State Street: 1940s and Beyond. He is currently enjoying retirement to the fullest and continues to be active in his neighborhood. His hobbies include collecting Chicago memorabilia.

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