Saturday, March 15, 2014

Easter shopping 1965

"Spring comes to Denholms first" reads the copy in this window display from 1965.  The display revolved around navy suits and coordinating hats, but the real focus was on the shoe assortment by "Foot Flairs"(which was a vendor sold in the women's shoe salon on the first floor).  I love the hand-painted image of the tree on plexiglass, and the scatter gravel used on the floor, and of course, the vintage mannequins. 
 
 Today virtually no one buys a new outfit or shoes to celebrate the Easter holiday, but back in the day, Easter would come second to Christmas for apparel sales.  
One more week till spring, and enough time to do your Easter shopping!
Best,
Chris

17 comments:

  1. Those were the days when people looked civilized and had respect not only for themselves but for those around them. Where did you ever find the shoes! Still looking for anything Denholms and when I do...it's going right to you!!

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy! Your the best...

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  2. So true that people don't take time for Easter bonnets, pretty spring dresses, or new shoes! There's a great picture of Denholm's welcoming the Easter Bunny at the Worcester Airport and then a parade down Main Street to the store, complete with a marching band and cheerleaders. Pat Wolf eagerly awaits the arrival of the Easter Bunny with a bouquet of carrots! Everything seemed more exciting and special, thanks for bringing some spirit back through your blog!
    Kate Brazauskas

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    1. Hi Kate! Thanks so much for your comments. Yes I have the photos of Pat. She was so cute in those.... I love them! We are both lucky to have her in our lives. She inspires me.
      Thanks again for visiting the blog, and I hope all is well with you.
      Best,
      Chris

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  5. Mom bought me a new dress, coat, hat, white gloves, little purse, and of course black patent leather t-strap shoes. I went to bed with my shoes in their shoe box one year, so happy was I to have such pretty ones! This Denholms window is lovely...what a nice job they did to entice their customers and get them ready for spring.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Donna! I wish we could go back in time. I never see little kids dress for Easter anymore.... it was a different time for sure.
      Best,
      Chris

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  6. Chris you'll like this article by Robin Givhans:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/02/AR2010040201352.html

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    1. Donna, thank you for the article! It is just so sad how no one dresses for anything anymore....even church!

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  7. I'm such a fan of this blog!
    I wonder - do you think retail will return to Worcester with all the construction downtown? I hope so! I still get excited to see holiday displays at the mall anchor stores, but sadly, it's nothing like I remember seeing in Worcester, Downtown Boston, etc. when I was a kid (and I was born in 1980, so it wasn't that long ago!)
    xo

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments on the blog! I hope that downtown can turn around...it needs to. With the influx of med students there needs to be some great restaurants and retail in the downtown sector to make it more vibrant. I love Worcester, but it is very different from when I was growing up and working there in the 1980's.

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  8. Do you remember the lovely lunches to be had at Denholms cafeteria?

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    1. I personally do not as I was too young, but I have heard it talked about many times. I have a copy of one of the menus. It is funny how food tastes change over the years.

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  9. We especially had to get a new pastel Spring coat in time for Easter!

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    1. I love that! No-one dresses anymore?

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