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Abraham & Straus Department Store paper model

circa 1894
 Collection
Identifier: 1996-205

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.

Dates

  • circa 1894

Creator

Extent

3 item(s)

General 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.

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.

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.

Location

YY2-5.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Abraham and Straus Store paper model
Status:
Online
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
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