Monday, March 7, 2016

Marshall Field's Buildings

Mike Tuggle posted
Looking north on State Street from Washington in 1902.
On the northeast corner is the previous Marshall Field & Co.
Brad Cornelius The current building (from 1907) certainly makes
a statement... but this previous one was far prettier, in my opinion.
When I started this blog, I was thinking more about railroads, canals, and smokestack industries. But I'm learning in terms of number of employees, size of buildings, and number of buildings; retail is a big industry.

In addition to these pictures of their flagship retail store in the Chicago Loop, Marshal Field built the Merchandise Mart as a "wholesale store."

Brad Cornelius posted
Marshall Field's fleet of delivery wagons in 1897. Despite how orderly and efficient this looks It's easy to imagine the noises and smells weren't quite as pleasant.
John P Keating Jr posted
Marshal Field's on State Street 2006
[When I first saw this photo, I wondered what is the big deal about a corner of the building. Then I realized it was the name "Marshall Field." The store is now owned by Macy.]
Richard Pitchford posted
Helen Sarros operates the new pneumatic tube cash collecting system at Marshall Fields, 1947. These tubes were used to send cash from the sales floor to this location (most likely in the basement), then back to the cashier with change and a receipt.

Sheila Kirby posted
Shelila's comment: "Pedestrians looking at Marshall Fields Window C1909 Chicago by Chicago past.com."


When our girls were young, taking them to see the windows, buy some mints, and eat in the Walnut Room with the big Christmas Tree was always a treat for the family. The windows had animated displays so that when you started at one end they told a story.
Richard Pitchford posted
Looking east on Washington from State, 1890, Chicago. Marshall Field’s is on the left.
Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Art Institute of Chicago.
Tiffany Foster-Grant posted a couple of collections of pictures of the State Street Store in a public group: 1, 2.

Sheila Kirby posted
[The tree in the upper-left corner confirms the atrium has been decorated for the Holiday Season.]

Marshall Field River Warehouse


Jeff Nichols posted
Chicago River, view from Taylor, 1909. Pitt.
Tom McGrath Looking north. Grand central station/terminal is on the right.
Victor StLawrence Yup. And Marshall Field warehouse on the left.
[The curve in the river reminds one that 1909 was before the river was straightened. Note the coal smoke haze. You can barely see that the Polk Street bridge just this side of the MF warehouse is in the up position. I'm surprised how few boats are on the river.]
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