Crete Public Library's "Remembering Marshall Field’s" presentation with historian Leslie Goddard included a memorabilia table featuring fashionable ladies dress hats, hatboxes, gloves, books and plates. | Supplied photo
Leslie Goddard, historian and re-enactor, recently traced the history of the Marshall Field’s department store in Chicago at a presentation at Crete Public Library.
Goddard recounted the store’s beginnings in the mid-1800s — when Potter Palmer had the idea of building an elaborate, one-of-a-kind department store — to Sept. 9, 2006, when the store was officially renamed Macy’s.
The presentation included a detailed slide show and a display of vintage Marshall Field memorabilia, including fashionable ladies dress hats, hat boxes, gloves, books and plates.
Goddard said Palmer turned shopping into a leisure activity, offering four things department stores of the time had never attempted: luxury merchandise, farmers items, priced items with “no haggling,” and product returns if the customer was not satisfied.