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Post# 974978   12/22/2017 at 08:06 (207 days old) by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        

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Wasn't sure if this should be here or Shopper's Square

From the June 1st, 1962 issue of the Pittsburgh Press, hurry to Gimbels for your new Easy or Hotpoint! Prices include delivery, installation and a 1 year warranty...(add 4% PA Sales Tax)Available Downtown on 8th Floor, and at North Hills..pick up a Stratolounger for post-wash relaxing!

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Post# 975003 , Reply# 1   12/22/2017 at 11:33 (207 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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The first time I ever saw a brand new Hotpoint washer was at Gimbles in Herald Square, 1 block down from Macy's in 1969. I think Gimbel's and Macy's had a civilized arrangement with appliance sales. Each sold the brands that the other did not. I saw, and was blown away by, my first Maytag WP-600 at that same Gimbel's and I couldn't believe how huge that capacity was.


I think I have the MOL version of that Hotpoint in the ad:

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Post# 975004 , Reply# 2   12/22/2017 at 11:57 (207 days old) by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        

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Lookin good!'s somewhat a surprise to see that in the 60's, department stores also sold appliances, lawn care supplies, outdoor furniture, paint, hardware, typewriters, musical instruments and just about everything else! Who wants to go shopping with me in 1962?

Post# 975055 , Reply# 3   12/22/2017 at 20:13 (207 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Have seen adverts going back to the 1930's, 1840's or even earlier for department stores selling "major" appliances.

Simplex and Thor ironers were sold by Macy's and other department stores for instance.

Post# 975057 , Reply# 4   12/22/2017 at 20:15 (207 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
In Houston,

Foley's department stores all sold a full range of appliances in several brands. I purchased two GE pairs and a GE d/w over the years there. Excellent.

Post# 975163 , Reply# 5   12/23/2017 at 13:30 (206 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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In the mid 1970's, shortly before becoming a buyer, the department store I worked for, San Francisco-based "The Emporium" had a major appliance area. I remember buying my mom a very nice Whirlpool Imperial washer with a gigantic tub. When I was buying TV/Stereo the store decided to phase out the major appliance department and I was asked to assist the buyer with taking the final inventory. He was a very nice, mild-mannered guy originally from Utah and often joked that my little Chevelle SS ran on rocket fuel. The inventory results were not good, the result of his "padding" the annual figures for several years. It was an all time phenomenal shortage for a store that had been in business since 1896. Needless to say he got the ax. 


Roof Rides on top of the great store at Christmas time where it was "Easier To Find Just What You Have In Mind @ "The Emporium" PS...that's a little replica of Southern Pacific's famous orange and black California train "The Daylight" which ran between SF & LA.

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Post# 975235 , Reply# 6   12/23/2017 at 20:12 (206 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        
Thanks, Joe!

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For bringing back fond memories of The Emporium (later Emporium-Capwell) and the rooftop Xmas amusements! The flagship San Francisco store was amazing; now a Bloomingdale’s, I believe.

It certainly was something when a “department” store sold so many things. Growing up in a Montgomery Ward family, you could shop there and get pretty much everything except groceries!

Post# 975256 , Reply# 7   12/23/2017 at 22:19 (206 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Think at one time many department stores were all encompassing. You could get nearly every and anything you needed for a home, farm, automobile, etc...

The great grand-daddy of this model of course was Sears and perhaps Montgomery Wards. Via their stores and catalogs you could get anything from a pre-fab house to coffins.

Post# 975257 , Reply# 8   12/23/2017 at 22:26 (206 days old) by mtn1584 (USA)        

I worked PT at Gimbels and they sold appliances right to the bitter end. They were selling GE appliances on the lower level in Yonkers NY before they went out of business. They also sold candy, art supplies, electronics, furniture... and they had s restaurant as well! You name it and they sold it!

Post# 975259 , Reply# 9   12/23/2017 at 22:37 (206 days old) by toploadloyalist (San Luis Obispo, CA)        
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