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Jan Whitaker

Culture at the counter

By Jan Whitaker
September 7, 2006

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JUST AS THEY pioneered modern escalators to carry crowds of shoppers upward, department stores encouraged their customers' social mobility. The big stores grew up with a burgeoning American middle class that they provided with its tastes, habits -- and consumer goods. (Full article: 736 words)

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