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Marshall Field's: 1908

Chicago circa 1908. "Marshall Field & Co. department store, State Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

Chicago circa 1908. "Marshall Field & Co. department store, State Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


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it's just another Macy's now

as are all the old Hudsons stores in the Detroit area. at least the main Marshall Fields is still there under a different name, the main Hudson's in Detroit got imploded years ago.

The old slot

While the cable car track on the right still has its no longer used slot, there is an overhead wire for the electric trolley (tram) cars that replaced it in 1906. But the horse car track on the left doesn't have any trolley wire. Did the Chicago still have horse drawn street cars 2 years after its cable cars were gone, or did just the old rails remain?


That building is in mint condition.

Step Right This Way

I'll say the curbs are high! See the little built-in concrete step at the corner of the sidewalk to the left of Fields.

Two years earlier

My grandfather owned a small general store and bought occasional items from Marshall Field & Co. I found the attached card among some of the papers he saved.


Will you look at the height of the curbs abutting the roadway in front of Marshall Fields.

On the way up

You can see the beginning of the Marshall Field's store in the lower corner of this earlier Shorpy photo.

Meet you under the clock.

The flagship store of Marshall Field's! She still stands proud but under a different name, Macy's. Many of us remember this store at Christmas with its own animated holiday windows and its own candy making plant on the upper floors. "I'll meet you under the Marshall Field's clock" is a phrase still used in Chicago today. There is enough of the old store left to have a stroll through old memory lane.

Through Charley's Door

As a child growing up in Rockford, my mom and I would make a yearly pilgrimage to Chicago so we could go shopping at Marshall Field's. I remember feeling so small in that huge store. I also remember all of the ornate details. The marble water fountains by each escalator, Tiffany ceiling, and the columns in the jewelry section.

They toy department was magnificent and Mom always bought me a diecast Dinky or Corgi car when we'd go.

I also remember a scary wrought iron stairway that went up to each floor. There were strange steel catch platforms at each level in case someone fell off the stairs (or dropped a package).


I remember the characters on "Good Times" (set in Chicago) mentioning this store.

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