- Going up, going down : the rise and fall of the department store / Helen B. Laurenson
HF5465.N4535 LAU (Call Number)
"This account of the New Zealand department store with its photographs will revive many memories, raise some smiles and remind us of the role of a cultural icon which was also a dominant player in the urban economy. Helen Laurenson charts the historical pattern from the confident presence of the department stores in the 1920s, when expansion and consolidation marked their status as major retailers in cities and provincial towns, to their rapid decline in the 1960s as shopping malls sprang up in the burgeoning suburbs. Her extensive research has uncovered many entertaining stories and fascinating facts about stores like Kirkcaldie and Stains, Ballantynes, Farmers' and George Court's and she also includes much of interest about the layout of the stores, the people who worked there, and the goods they sold."--Jacket.
Ground floor-going up -- First floor-mantle showroom, millinery, Manchester and mercery -- Second floor-children's department: 'a million choices' -- Top floor-tearooms: going down.
vii, 165 pages : illustrations (1 colour) ; 20 x 21 cm
Going up, going down : the rise and fall of the department store
Includes bibliographical references (page 163) and index.
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