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    Window Shopping

    Holiday shopping of yore

    Join us for a look at these shopping photos from yesteryear.

  • PILED HIGH WITH SHOPPING

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    Package deal

    A woman leaves a department store after shopping for the whole family in the 1920s. Her poor helper is there somewhere, under that pile of packages.

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    Window shopping

    A family garners gift ideas from a display window in the 1930s. A sign suggests "interesting books for gifts" in an era when books couldn't be ordered online, nor read on a Kindle.

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    Curb enthusiasm

    Women load their Christmas packages into a car with the aid of an attendant from Whiteley's department store in London in the 1930s. Home, James!

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  • Young Shoppers

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    Open-door policy

    A young boy opens the car door for his sister after returning from a Christmas shopping expedition in 1935.

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    Radio days

    A man looks at a New York City window display showing radios for sale in the 1940s. Soon television would come to take radio's central place in the home.

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    Magnet on 34th Street

    An undated photo shows a group of people gathering outside of Macy's department store, decorated for the holidays, in New York City. The iconic department store continues to attract yuletide shoppers to this day.

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    Iron maiden

    "Kitchen Helps" reads the sign in the housewares section of a department store in this undated photo. A saleswoman is showing irons to a customer.

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    A fresh coat

    A mother and daughter shop for coats in the 1960s.

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    Going downhill

    A couple shops for skis in the sports section of a department store in the 1960s. The husband is interested, but his wife looks dubious.

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    Show your colors

    Color TV was the latest thing in the 1960s, and drew this couple into the store to shop for a set.

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  • Christmas Shopping

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    Dressed in holiday style

    Christmas shoppers happily gaze at the window displays of the shops of Washington, DC., in 1955.

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  • A Dog Goes Shopping

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    A dog goes shopping

    A boy leaves a toy shop laden down with Christmas presents while his dog waits patiently in the car. 

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    Toy story

    A young girl points at the doll she wants for Christmas in the window of a British toy shop in 1937.

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