The Golden Age of Pittsburgh Shopping Replaced by the Mall. A Walk Down Memory Lane of Pittsburgh Shopping Landmarks

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Stephen Arch                sparch@comcast.net          www.sparch@facebook.com

  Ames' Department Store

Ames' Department Store

 

DO YOU REMEMBER THESE PLACES?

Stephen Arch        sparch@comcast.net        www.facebook.com/sparch@facebook.com

I was reading some Facebook posts from friends and started to talk about all of the now defunct and bankrupt former Pittsburgh shopping stores/department stores that are long gone.  If you weren't born in the 40's, 50's, or 60's, I am sure you won't remember any of these stores.  Feeling a bit nostalgic and wanted to see how many stores that we shopped at that our children and their children didn't know existed.  A trip down memory lane.  The stores that existed before malls became the fashion.  If you know of a store I forgot, please message me and let me know. I'll try to find a photo of the store.  This is simply a pictorial walk down memory lane.

  G.C. Murphy's Five and Dime

G.C. Murphy's Five and Dime

I remember, every Saturday, my "cool" Uncle Joe pulling up to my house (when I was a young boy) in his fancy sports car and taking me to G.C. Murphy's Five and Dime and letting me buy any thing I wanted.  Every Saturday, I only was able to pick one toy from the seemingly thousands of toys displayed prominently in the wooden boxes lining the first floor of the store as I walked in, my eyes aglow and heart racing to see what toy was going to be mine that week. 

Memorable days.

  G.C. Murphy's Department Store

G.C. Murphy's Department Store

  Woolworth's Department Store

Woolworth's Department Store

  Woolworth and Company Department Store

Woolworth and Company Department Store

  Hills' Department Store

Hills' Department Store

  Horne's Department Store

Horne's Department Store

  Gimbels' Department Store

Gimbels' Department Store

  Grants' Department Store

Grants' Department Store

  Grants' Department Store

Grants' Department Store

  Zayre's Department Store

Zayre's Department Store

  Lazarus Department Store

Lazarus Department Store

  Kaufmann's Department Store

Kaufmann's Department Store

  Kaufmann's Department Store

Kaufmann's Department Store

  Fisher's Big Wheel

Fisher's Big Wheel

  Rosenbaum's Department Store

Rosenbaum's Department Store

  Buhl and Boggs Department Store - North Side Pittsburgh

Buhl and Boggs Department Store - North Side Pittsburgh