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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Thank You For Shopping by Kristal Leebrick

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I would love to go back in time and visit the opulent department stores of Minnesota, especially Young-Quinlan with its 'crystal chandeliers, walnut and brass trimmings, elegant merchandise and sophisticated clientele.' Enjoying lunch in the Fountain Room with its 'high ceilings and mirrored walls' must have been a magical experience.  It is such a pity that most of these stores have closed, and it really does signify the end of an era.

This book will evoke fond memories of visiting the department stores for people who visited them or worked in them, and delight other fans all over the world with its beautiful pictures and lively anecdotes. The story of Elizabeth Quinlan, the ambitious woman who became the only female merchandise buyer in the country, and some of the obstacles which she faced was particularly interesting. For example, she had to climb stairs to 'dingy lofts' and speak to condescending women who looked down on her. In spite of all this, she managed to build a great business, largely through her own efforts.

I received this free ebook from Edelweis in return for an honest review.

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