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Tot Depot: 1927

Tot Depot: 1927

Washington, D.C. "Woodward & Lothrop Children's Dept., 1927." The latest in our series of vaguely unsettling retail displays. National Photo. View full size.

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Those are some brutish looking baby mannequins.

Love the Title..

"Tot Depot" and "vaguely unsettling retail displays" Keep up the good work. I don't often laugh out loud ... just keep up the excellent work. Thank you.

Very contemporary!

As an artist and fabric designer, I can tell you that the circus drapes and the plush toys look darn good! They are very similar to things I see today in the best kids' boutiques and in the handmade section on Etsy. Bury the creepy babies in the long fussy dresses and this might be a scene right out of some posh store on Madison Avenue, especially with the fur trimmed robe. I bet three years after this picture was shot, though, kids' departments had a much more austere offering as hard times set in.

Not the curtains, lad!

Man, I dig those curtains.
Any more shots of them, Dave?

[Alas, no. - Dave]

So few items on display!

Compared to baby stores we see today, this store looks like a Rodeo Drive boutique with its limited display. It must be a very pricey place to be able to pay the rent with that inventory.

[This is a small part of a big department store. I'd imagine that most of the merch is off camera. - Dave]

Demon Child

Enters from stage left.


What were they thinking?

The Rabbit

At the bottom of the chest seems a little spooky and may need watching after midnight.

Not as creepy

as the headless baby mannequins I saw at Sears on the weekend. It is especially disturbing when they have those same headless babies strung up the sides of poles and things like kids at play. Shudder. I try to avoid Sears baby department.

On the fourth floor

You will find my plaster mother and on the third floor one of those plaster people is my dad.


Set for the all-child remake of "The Loved One."

Fat Sam's Bar & Bugsy Malone

I expect to hear the rat-a-tat of the custard-firing machine guns any moment now.


Gee, I always wanted a fat plaster kid.

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