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13 Stunning Shopping Malls From the Dawn of Consumerism

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Nowadays, shopping malls are seldom considered masterpieces. But that was completely different at the turn of the 19th century—a time when the department store was a pinnacle of high style and technology.

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The following images will show you the dawn of consumer society, when malls were more like palaces and temples than mere stores.

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, a shopping arcade in Brussels, circa 1890.

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Circa 1900: A shopping arcade in Birmingham.

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Le Bon Marché, Paris, France, c1900.

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B. Altman Department Store, New York City, c1906

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The provision department of Harrods store, circa 1910.

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Párizsi Nagyáruház (Paris Department Store), Budapest, Hungary, c1911.

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Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France, circa 1912.

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The French Bazaar, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1913.

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The State Department Store (GUM), Moscow, Soviet Union, c1920.

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1925: The meat and poultry department of Harrod's department store in London.

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Circa 1925: Shoppers in London's Burlington Arcade.

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Galleria Umberto, Naples, one of Europe's most famous shopping arcades, circa 1930.

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The Selfridges flagship store on London's Oxford Street, 1934.

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Marshall Field & Company, Chicago, Illinois.

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MidshipLyric
MidshipLyric

Another oldie in the US left off: Arcade in Cleveland, OH. 1890 according to Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland…

Interesting that among all the swanky worldwide locations, some of the oldest are in less prestigious US cities.