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While many memories of a store come from what you purchased there, other memories come from what you did there. Many department stores of the past had resturants and other diversions to keep customers within the store, hoping they would shop more.

A Ribbon-Cutting at Pomeroy's

It looks like Pomeroy's was celebrating a special occasion - see the large cake in the archway, the marching band, and the ribbon to be cut held in front of the entrance.

Escalator at the Boston Store

Many of us remember riding escalators as kids. In this photo, mothers are holding onto their children's hands as they ride down.

Escalator at the Boston Store

This photo depicts children riding up and down escalators at the Fowler, Dick, and Walker Boston Store, and judging by their expressions, they seem to be having fun. This photo may have been staged, perhaps for an advertisement.

Percy Brown's Restaurant

We can see how popular Percy Brown's was. The resturant, shown here, was next to the grocery store. Patrons are talking, eatting, and in some cases smoking. Do you have a Percy Brown's story?

Percy Brown's Perfect Butter

A 1932 photo shows a packaging demonstration by a Percy Brown's employee clad in a clean white uniform. It features the store's famous "perfect butter." How many stores still do demonstrations of their products?

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