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

Six things (or more¬† — but who’s counting) about the history of department store MANNEQUINS that everyone needs to know ¬† 1. The Dutch word mannekijn, which meant “little man,” evolved to mannequin in France, where it first referred to an artist’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...

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Hitching a Ride

Making Shopping Fun The limit of the human race’s stair-climbing tolerance seems to be six floors. The will to buy seems to be unlimited. So it’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 that’s the same for many of us. What kid doesn’t worry about getting trapped underneath one of those stairs that...

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