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In the 1840s, Adam Gimbel opened a humble dry goods store in Vincennes, Indiana, that began a retail dynasty spanning 144 years. At its peak, the store offered warm service and affordable goods at over thirty locations in four "Gimbels cities." Former customers still wistfully recall the wonders of Toyland and Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, the New York City store's famous rivalry with Macy's, the decadent Annaclairs of the Pittsburgh candy department and Gertie the duck, whose brood captured the imagination of Milwaukee. With fond memories from family members and Gimbelites, a few classic recipes and celebrity interviews from the likes of Gene London and Dick Clark, retail historian Michael J. Lisicky celebrates the remarkable history of this beloved department store.

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Named the "Official Historian of East Coast Department Stores" by Philadelphia's City Paper, author Michael J. Lisicky is a native of southern New Jersey. In demand as a department store historian, he has given lectures at such institutions as the New York Public Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Baltimore Book Festival and the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Mr. Lisicky is the author of the bestselling books Wanamaker's: Meet Me at the Eagle and Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops, both of which are published by The History Press. His books have received critical acclaim by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine and the Wilmington News Journal. Mr. Lisicky resides in Baltimore, where he is an oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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Book Description History Press (SC), United States, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 226 x 150 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. In 1842, Adam Gimbel opened a small storefront in Vincennes, Indiana and unknowingly set forth the groundwork for an American retail icon. His fair trade practices encouraged him to leave Vincennes and open up the largest store ever in 1887 in the city of Milwaukee. After getting his Milwaukee on firm ground, Adam Gimbel left for Philadelphia, his wife s hometown, with his seven sons and opened the world s largest store in 1894.Like every major department store, Gimbels began to follow its customer into the suburbs, and the family became less involved in the running of the store. With sales and profits falling, Gimbels was purchased by British-American Tobacco. The company struggled to right itself in the challenging and changing retailing world. It built a new controversial flagship store in Philadelphia but it failed to draw its traditional shopper. By June 1986, Gimbels was going out of business and the 36 Gimbels stores located from Philadelphia to Milwaukee permanently shut their doors. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781609493073

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