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Abraham & Straus Department Store paper model

Accession 1996.205

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Abraham & Straus Department Store paper model (Accession 1996.205), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Abraham & Straus Department Store paper model
Dates: circa 1894
Accession Number: 1996.205
Creator: Abraham & Straus. -- General subdivision--Buildings.;
Extent: 3 items
Physical Description: 1 item : color ; 13 x 7.5 in. 1 envelope : 10 x 17 in. 1 pop-up paper model : 9 x 16.5 x 9 in.
Location: YY2-5.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Abraham & Straus was a Brooklyn, New York based department store chain. It started in 1865 as Wechsler & Abraham, founded by Abraham Abraham (1843-1911) and Joseph Wechsler (1837-1896) in downtown Brooklyn. In 1893, the Straus family, part owners of R.H. Macy and Company, bought out Wechsler, and the name changed to Abraham & Straus. This collection is a paper fold-out model of the Abraham & Straus Department Store in Brooklyn, New York.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

Abraham & Straus was a Brooklyn, New York based department store chain. It started in 1865 as Wechsler & Abraham, founded by Abraham Abraham (1843-1911) and Joseph Wechsler (1837-1896) in downtown Brooklyn. In 1893, the Straus family, part owners of R.H. Macy and Company, bought out Wechsler, and the name changed to Abraham & Straus. In 1929, Abraham & Straus was one of the four department stores that joined to form Federated Department Stores, Inc., a retail holding company. Like most successful department stores, Abraham & Straus expanded into the suburbs after World War II. In 1994, Federated acquired a bankrupt Macy’s and the following year decided to drop the Abraham & Straus name for the more recognizable Macy’s and Abraham & Straus disappeared from the retail landscape as all their stores were converted to either Macy’s or Federated’s lower-end store, Stern’s.

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Scope and Content

This collection is a paper fold-out model of the Abraham & Straus Department Store in Brooklyn, New York, showing the interior and the facade of the store. It is accompanied by a sheet of paper figures and the original mailing envelope.

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Access Points

Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Department stores--New York (State)--New York.
Paper dolls.
Toys.
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