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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

W.T. Grant Fire: 1916

W.T. Grant Fire: 1916

W.T. Grant department store fire at New York's Sixth Avenue and 18th Street in April 1916. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

W. T. Grant Department Store

I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. There was a W. T. Grant downtown. It was a great place for a kid to look at things since Jacksonville did not have suburban malls in the 1960s. W.T. Grant went bankrupt in October 1975 and the store closed.

April 19, 1916…

…according to the New York Times.

[Fascinating. A big Shorpy thank-you! - Dave]

Fire in the store

This made me think of the fire we had in our town in the late 50's. One of the larger stores downtown (can't remember the name now but Anthony's keeps going through my mind) caught fire in the dead of winter. I remember the firemen and firetrucks being coated with ice and the smell was unbelievable. I still have the memory of the smell in my mind and the look of the firefighters. Very eerie.

 
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