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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Delicacies: 1959

Delicacies: 1959

Oct. 23, 1959. Hackensack, New Jersey. "Bloomingdale's Bergen County. 'Delicacies.' Raymond Loewy Associates, client." Sweets for the upscale suburbanite. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Bartons!

Oh I wish I didn't see that Bartons Chocolate in the bottom right corner. I can taste it, I hope I don't suffer consequences of virtual calories.

So long Beef Log

No more Swiss Colony for us, honey! We're movin' on up to Bloomies!

trompe l'oeil

How much is that rustic barrel behind the pewter mug on the top shelf? Yeah, that one. How much? Whaddya mean, it's not real?!

Wanna Buy a Duck?

My mother had the identical duck basket that is on the lowest foreground shelf in this picture. It sat on our kitchen table for years. My father gave it to her as a gift. No clue if it had been birthday present, or mothers day, or some other occasion, but it was in this same era (late fifties, early sixties). He even worked in New Jersey at the time. Unlikely that he drove all the way to Hackensack to get it, but he could have gotten it at a different Bloomingdales.

 
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