Happy Holidays from Deluxe Redux!
Every Christmas season, I get inspired to decorate my tree with a theme. This year, I was feeling nostalgic and chose Marshall Field's, an iconic department store that put Chicago on the map as an international destination.
For Chicagoans, Marshall Field's was world famous for its architecture, Christmas windows displays, high-end merchandise, Walnut room restaurant and exceptional service - all the makings of an unprecedented shopping experience. Marshall Field's is also credited for many "firsts" including the first bridal registry.
Marshall Field's existed for over 150 years from 1852 - 2006. Two of the first stores burned down during the Chicago Fire in 1871 and 1877. The Marshall Field's flagship store located on State Street, downtown Chicago opened in 1914.
Marshall Field passed away on January 16, 1906, in New York City. In his honor, every State Street store closed and the Chicago Board of Trade suspended afternoon on the day of his funeral.
Marshall Field's went through a few ownership changes starting in 1982 which included Target and Macy's. The store was eventually rebranded and renamed Macy's on September 9th, 2006. I have not shopped at Marshall Field's since the renaming. To this day, Chicagoans protest the current ownership of Macy's and would love to see Marshall Field's become the landmark department store of Chicago once again.
Marshall Field's was synonymous with Christmas and was a holiday tourist attraction for both visitors and locals alike.
If you're a fan of the Deluxe Redux Facebook page or Instagram, you'll notice my recent posts of vintage Marshall Field's ornaments, toys and tchotchkes from years past. Some items I collected while Marshall Field's was still open. Others I've scored on online ebay digs. Here are a few of my favorites.
One of my treasures is a hardcover copy of "Give the Lady What She Wants! The Story of Marshall Field & Co." Presentation Edition, 1952. The inscription on front blank page was written by Hughston M. McBain, chairman of the board for Marshall Field & Co. Rather than "buyer beware," Field's motto was "Give the lady what she wants."
I was looking for a Youtube video that discussed Marshall Field's history and came across this wonderful synopsis by Rebecca V. Larkin for what looks to be a school project. Her video included a great interview with Marshall Field V.