Saturday, July 28, 2012

Window Shopping

I enjoyed the picture yesterday so much of children window shopping for toys, I decided to make this Window Shopping Week. We will be looking at the almost lost art form of window shopping. We start with this photograph from the early 1900's. We see women perusing merchandise in New York City during the Christmas season.


  1. Not a lost art form, just no windows to shop any more.

  2. I used to work in a mall. People would often tell me they were just window shopping, to which I'd reply(completely deadpan), "I'm sorry but we don't sell windows."
    It's a cheap joke but it was always good for a laugh.

    I find the picture above interesting. The display seems a little empty, very different from the previous picture with all kinds of background objects to fill in the empty space.

  3. Ya gotta give women of the past credit.....I have no idea how they wore those long dresses and all the constricting things underneath and on top of that hats (no self respecting woman went out without a hat)....and wore all of this in summer HEAT! Maybe that's why the 'fainting couch' was invented.

    Many stores still have windows but I have noticed more and more do not, or they just have windows that show the whole inside of the store. They want to get you inside the '''''buying zone'''''!

  4. When I was young my family would go to a store in DC just to see the window displays at Christmas. As I recall they were awesome. We never went into the store to buy anything. Seems back then the all mighty dollar did not rule as it does today. How very sad.

  5. Here in France we say "lèche-vitrine" (= shop window licking). It is quite another philosophy ! 8-)

  6. "Shop window licking"...... LOL superb! I have to remember that one.

  7. Unfortunatly I can only visit your wonderful site once a week and so my comment on the wire toys made by the young African boy will be a bit late but non the less those wire toys have been made by young Africans for many many years. I was born and brought up in Africa from 1942 (Rhodesia)and the young African children I used to play with made them way back then. They don't after all have access to the wonderful Fisher Price type toys, etc. so their imagination and inventiveness provides entertainment. Probably more educational in some ways then just been given, for example, a fancy Fisher-Price item.
    What do you think?
    Actually you can Google 'African wire toys' and see a variety of them.

  8. I should have added to my previous comment...
    Not unlike your 'Erecter Set' or 'Mecano' construction sets.
    Encourages use of imagination ?

  9. Wonderful photo, thanks! So much history can be 'read' and enjoyed in your photos.


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