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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Bon Marche: 1908

Bon Marche: 1908

Lowell, Massachusetts, circa 1908. "Merrimack Street looking east." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

My Hometown

I grew up in Lowell. The Bon Marche lasted until at least the late 80's when I was in High School. Their main competitor was Jordan Marsh right next door. One of the two was slightly snootier than the other but I don't remember which anymore.

We bought all of our school clothes, appliances, gifts, furniture etc at these two stores until the late 70's when a shopping mall with a Sears and a Caldor (and more importantly a giant parking lot) were built just outside town.

Somehow, these two stores managed to keep the lights on for years after the rest of downtown died.

Quite a few buildings are still standing

Thanks to the Palmer Street sign, an easy find.


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Bon Marche(d) into Oblivion

Google Map of this district shows that between then and now a faithfully reproduced extension was added to the building on the left side of the street after the Bon Marche building had been razed.

 
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