Department Store Mannequins, L. Frank Baum, and Automatonophobia, of course

Six things (or more a�� but whoa��s counting) about the history of department store MANNEQUINS that everyone needs to know   1. The Dutch word mannekijn, which meant a�?little man,a�? evolved to mannequin in France, where it first referred to an artista��s jointed model. By the 1800s, shops in Paris used full-size mannequins made of wicker or paper mache to display clothing. 2. Around the turn of the 20th century, the first department stores in...

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Feminine Hygiene Products — Stephanie’s Mini-History (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1 — The Bloody Reality)   Have you ever seen a menstrual stain on something a woman was wearing?   Or in the chair she just got out of? I havena��t. Not once. That’s kind of amazing. How do women do it? Because, lets face it: feminine hygiene products are not that great. Leaking can and does occur.A� I suppose underwear conceals the evidence of most accidents, but I also suspect that women are so deathly afraid...

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Astor Place Vintage Enhanced

I was so happy when my editor told me I’d get to include some photographs in ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE.A�I immediately began to go through months and months of images I’d accumulated on my computer hard drive from the Library of Congress and other sources. These photos had been a huge source of inspiration throughout the writing of my novel. They’d also been a huge distraction that undoubtedly slowed down my progress. I was...

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Hitching a Ride

Making Shopping Fun The limit of the human racea��s stair-climbing tolerance seems to be six floors. The will to buy seems to be unlimited. So ita��s only natural the very first elevators and escalators turned up in department stores. My first memory of riding an escalator is in a department store, and I bet thata��s the same for many of us. What kid doesna��t worry about getting trapped underneath one of those stairs that disappears under the...

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