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Old Baltimore department stores [Pictures]

Art Deco and Romanesque architecture, glittering window display cases and innovative fashions, lunch counters and tearooms, and bustling city scenes: These are the images from Baltimore's department-store era from the 1840s to 2006. Shoppers flocked to Hutzler's; Hochschild, Kohn; Hecht's; the May Company and Stewart's to browse petticoats, have a luncheon or view elaborate window displays. Check out these 65 retro photos and see what Baltimore's beloved retail palaces looked like in their heyday. --Sarah LaCorte (Sources used: "Baltimore's Bygone Department Stores: Many Happy Returns" by Michael J. Lisicky; Baltimore Sun library and photo archives)

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