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The Resource From Main Street to mall : the rise and fall of the American department store, Vicki Howard

From Main Street to mall : the rise and fall of the American department store, Vicki Howard

Label
From Main Street to mall : the rise and fall of the American department store
Title
From Main Street to mall
Title remainder
the rise and fall of the American department store
Statement of responsibility
Vicki Howard
Title variation
Rise and fall of the American department store
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: The geography of American retail has changed dramatically since the first luxurious department stores sprang up in nineteenth-century cities. Introducing light, color, and music to dry-goods emporia, these "palaces of consumption" transformed mere trade into occasions for pleasure and spectacle. Through the early twentieth century, department stores remained centers of social activity in local communities. But after World War II, suburban growth and the ubiquity of automobiles shifted the seat of economic prosperity to malls and shopping centers. The subsequent rise of discount big-box stores and electronic shopping accelerated the pace at which local department stores were shuttered or absorbed by national chains. But as the outpouring of nostalgia for lost downtown stores and historic shopping districts would indicate, these vibrant social institutions were intimately connected to American political, cultural, and economic identities. The first national study of the department store industry, From Main Street to Mall traces the changing economic and political contexts that transformed the American shopping experience in the twentieth century. With careful attention to small-town stores as well as glamorous landmarks such as Marshall Field's in Chicago and Wanamaker's in Philadelphia, historian Vicki Howard offers a comprehensive account of the uneven trajectory that brought about the loss of locally identified department store firms and the rise of national chains like Macy's and J.C. Penney. She draws on a wealth of primary source evidence to demonstrate how the decisions of consumers, government policy makers, and department store industry leaders culminated in today's Wal-Mart world. Richly illustrated with archival photographs of the nation's beloved downtown business centers, From Main Street to Mall shows that department stores were more than just places to shop
Member of
Cataloging source
YDX
Dewey number
381.1410973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HF5465.U5
LC item number
H69 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
American business, politics, and society
Label
From Main Street to mall : the rise and fall of the American department store, Vicki Howard
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-273) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The palace of consumption -- Creating an industry -- Modernizing main street -- A new deal for department stores -- An essential industry in wartime -- The race for the suburbs -- The postwar discount revolution -- The death of the department store -- Epilogue : remembering downtown department stores
Control code
ocn910340468
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9780812247282
Lccn
2015487612
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)910340468
Label
From Main Street to mall : the rise and fall of the American department store, Vicki Howard
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-273) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The palace of consumption -- Creating an industry -- Modernizing main street -- A new deal for department stores -- An essential industry in wartime -- The race for the suburbs -- The postwar discount revolution -- The death of the department store -- Epilogue : remembering downtown department stores
Control code
ocn910340468
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9780812247282
Lccn
2015487612
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)910340468

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