Isn't it just wild how stores go out of business, and no one future generation will ever have the pleasure of visiting them? Sad, right? It's a good thing that we have photographs and word of mouth to see and hear about some of these wonderful places. Let's look at some of the ones that I would have loved to visit!
Did you know that Gimbels was the first department stores to host a Thanksgiving Day Parade? What a joy it would have been to attend such an event for the first time! Furthermore, their catalogs were always chock full of beautiful clothing and goods that I would have loved to have purchased! Sadly, all good things must come to an end; Gimbels announced its closure in 1986.
Wanamaker's was the first department store in Philadelphia, and it was also one of the earliest department stores in the USA. One of the most spectacular things about this department store is the massive organ which is located in the central atrium of the store. While the organ still exists (see the picture above), Macy's is the retailer which is located in the original Wanamaker's building. It would have been really cool to see this beautiful organ on the day that the department store first opened.
Penny Candy Stores/Sweet Shops
Ah, the days of penny candy. I can only imagine how wonderful it must have felt to receive a nickel from mom or dad, knowing that you could purchase so many wonderful sweets. While penny candy stores do exist, they are definitely more rare. I have never been to one, as there isn't one near me. However, if I ever stumble across one I will take a lot of pictures and post them on the blog!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful beginning to the week. Cheers!