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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609493079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609493073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lisicky notes, every city in which Gimbels had a presence felt like it was a 'Gimbels city.' But, Milwaukee, he says, was especially connected to its Gimbels identity....It's no real mystery why Lisicky, who was dubbed 'Official Historian on East Coast Department Stores' by Philadelphia's City Paper wrote a book about Gimbels. After all, he's already written 'Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle' and 'Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops.'" --Bobby Tanzilo, Milwaukee Online

"Gimbels Has It!" is filled with evocative black-and-white photos and even a chapter of recipes, including the one for Gimbels-Schusters Potato Salad, a favorite of Wisconsin shoppers and Allan "Bud" Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball. --Marylynne Pitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About the Author

Named the "Official Historian of East Coast Department Stores" by Philadelphia's City Paper, author Michael J. Lisicky is a native of southern New Jersey. In demand as a department store historian, he has given lectures at such institutions as the New York Public Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Baltimore Book Festival and the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Mr. Lisicky is the author of the bestselling books Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle and Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops, both of which are published by The History Press. His books have received critical acclaim by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine and the Wilmington News Journal. Mr. Lisicky resides in Baltimore, where he is an oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

More About the Author

Michael Lisicky has been credited as a nationally recognized department store "historian", "lecturer", "expert", "guru", "aficionado", "junkie", "maven", and "noted chronicler of departed East Coast department stores" by a number of major newspapers and periodicals. He is the author of several bestselling books including 'Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops', 'Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle', 'Gimbels Has It!', 'Filene's: Boston's Great Specialty Store', and 'Baltimore's Bygone Department Stores: Many Happy Returns'. Mr. Lisicky has given lecturers at such locations as the New York Public Library, the Boston Public Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the DC Public Library, the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, the Milwaukee County Historical Society, and at the Baltimore Book Festival. He has been featured in Fortune Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News, Investor's Business Daily, and on the 'CBS Sunday Morning' television program. Mr. Lisicky resides in Baltimore, where he is a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and is a Master's degree candidate in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


"If you're interested in department store history, buy his books." - Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Hutzler's] is beautifully written obviously by someone who has an affinity for department stores." - Baltimore Sun
"Retail fans can now take a walk down memory lane." - Boston Globe
"A Near and Dear Gift, Lisicky's book honors DC's once-glam, now defunct department store." - Washington Post
"A Pocket Pick." - Washington Times
"An evocative book." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A passionate history of an iconic store." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"To hear Mr. Lisicky talk, writing [Hutzler's] was simply his destiny." - Baltimore Jewish Times

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Annie on October 26, 2011
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I am addicted to these books about the department stores that I used to go to when I was young. This is another great one that will bring back so many good memories. The perfect Xmas gift for someone who grew up going to Gimbel's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cowboy on September 22, 2012
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I have always been a department store junkie and thought about putting together some kind of coffee-table department store history book. The Gimbels book is a very fascinating and in-depth look at an American Icon. I actually started reading this book this morning and with the exception of a few breaks for lunch and errands, I just finished the book a few minutes ago. Anyone who is fascinated with Department Stores, this book is a MUST READ!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcia L. Ferguson on December 22, 2011
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There just aren't enough books that 'remember when' about department stores. Nothing today can match the experience of going downtown to department stores, with their impressive displays, wide aisles, delicious tea rooms and restaurants, and the customer's surge of excitement and discovery. The author shows he's done his homework, with scads of research to document Gimbels' heyday. I wish there were more photographs, but this is a great way to remember one of the grand American stores.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Levy on February 21, 2013
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my grandmother was Mr. Gimbel's personal assistant before she got married and she couldn't get enough of this book. i think she finished it in 2 hours and has shown everyone she knows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynda S Russell on February 21, 2013
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Growing up in South Jersey, before there were malls, Philly was "the City!" And Gimbels was 'the place' to shop. Especially at Christmas.
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Childhood memories are preserved in print in this book that I can pass down to my daughter someday. Thank you Amazon.
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I am a great fan of the movie Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Thus I have visited the Macy's store in New York. I also visited the site of the old Gimbel's store on 33rd Street and Broadway, which went out of business in the summer of 1986. As a result of my pleasure in watching the movie, Miracle on 34th Street every Christmas, I have alsways wanted to know more about both the Macy's Store and "the other store"--Gimbels. This book was my attempt to catch up on the history of the Gimbel's store.
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