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And now this, too. A number from Marshall Field’s The 28 Shop. It won’t quite fit over my bosom and ribs. Feels like silk, too. Typical.
I’ve just learned that the 28 Shop, named for its 28 dressing rooms AND the 28 E. Washington address of said elevator, was a big big deal, thanks to thanks this book published through the Chicago Architecture Foundation:
One of the most elaborate changes in the retailing space of the State Street Store occurred in 1941 with the opening of The 28 Shop, a new fashion salon dedicated to America designers, since World War II ended the availability of European (primarily French) designers.
To make the space both elegant and exciting, the store engaged designer Joseph Platt, scenographer for Gone With the Wind, to create a sleek rotunda (appointed with Louis Quinze gilt and garlands) surrounded with large mirrored fitting rooms, each with a different design, ranging from stylish bamboo to the richness of Oriental rugs.
The opening of The 28 Shop was the social event of the season, when Chicago’s smart set arrived in limousines at the door of 28 East Washington Street and rode private elevators to the rarified comforts of Chicago’s most exclusive dress shop.
And a photo, from RememberingMarshallFields.blogspot.com:
Here’s one of the 28 fitting rooms there, decorated in 14 two-of-a-kind styles — lace, bamboo, pink-and-beige, etc. — so if the dressing room with your favorite decor is occupied, there’s an identical one you can use. Also, 28 Shop special china. Ah, the luxury …
Fun indeed. Look at this ad.
Headed up to Chicago’s Wildwood community this weekend, a neighborhood I’d never been to, to see the treasures in a house that looked as if it hadn’t been updated since the late 1960s, though also as if it had been beautifully tended.
I escaped narrowly, $7 later. Bought up a stack of greeting cards and these treasures.
No, I’m not a Pisces, either.
I *was* born in 1976.
My lady friend, with whom I’m trying hard to cultivate a real friendship since she’s an absolutely smarty-pants gem, made off with a giant brooch that has a watchface in it.
There are plans to go out again, to stick out nosy noses into real estate open houses and then hit the thrifts.