Grand Emporiums: The Illustrated History of America's Great Department Stores Paperback – January 1, 1981
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Many origin of selling roots and tags are explained. The word "Emporium", "not worth a plug nickel", " cash on the barrel head" and many more sayings are defined and their origins noted. In the US, the Fair was thought to be the first emporium dating back to 1824. The great stores in Europe and the ancient sheds of Athens all contributed to the great stores we knew and maybe had the pleasure of shopping in. The era of not showing the price of goods, etc was widely accepted in the rural markets. This gave rise to the grange and other associations designed to sell to its members at fair prices.
This book is historical in nature, well researched and supported by photographs, pictures of actual catalog pages and advertisements. Anyone with a real interest in the development of the department stores and their ultimate demise will surely find great interest between these pages. I highly recommend this book. It's a retail time vault. You will read about names you have never heard of as well as the familiar home town department stores that your great grand parents , grand parents, mom and dad shopped in over the decades.
Make this a part of your retail library. Read it for fun and use it for research when needed. It is probably the most complete book available and well researched.
This fills that niche, and a recommendation for both the book and the seller is a 'slam dunk'.