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Department Store: 1955

Department Store: 1955

September 27, 1955. "Gimbel Brothers department store, Cross County Center, Yonkers, New York. Long shot to north. Raymond Loewy, client." Photo by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

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The merchandise in the display cases

is arranged with what I would call surgical precision. One can only imagine the amount of glass cleaner needed to keep them crystal clear.

Men's Dept

on the left. Women's department on the right. Home furnishings upstairs?

PENNY'S STILL IN BUISNESS

Yes, I was mistaken. I did some research and Penny's is still in business with several hundred stores across the US. Ours closed down several decades ago and there were a lot of news reports of them in trouble. So I “assumed” they had gone under.

[It's Penney, not "Penny." - Dave]

Raymond Loewy

What didn't he design? Very, very little.

Pfft-Pfft-Pfft

No sight nor whoosh sound of the old inter-departmental pneumatic tubes but the Gimbel Brothers seem to have over-complied with the fire suppression regs.

NOW GONE

This Gimbel's looks a lot like the larger J.C. Penney and Belk's stores of the '70s and '80s. But like Penney's and a lot of the Belk's stores it has gone out of business. They got no “Miracle on 34th Street”.

[J.C. Penney and Belk are both still in business, with hundreds of stores. - Dave]

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