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13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Attila Nagy, Gawker Media

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Nowadays, shopping malls are seldom considered masterpieces. But that was completely different at the turn of the 19th century-a time when the department store was a pinnacle of high style and technology.

The following images will show you the dawn of consumer society, when malls were more like palaces and temples than mere stores.

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, a shopping arcade in Brussels, circa 1890.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Circa 1900: A shopping arcade in Birmingham.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Le Bon Marché, Paris, France, c1900.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: Albert Chevojon/Wikimedia Commons


B. Altman Department Store, New York City, c1906

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: CUNY GC Library


The provision department of Harrods store, circa 1910.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Párizsi Nagyáruház (Paris Department Store), Budapest, Hungary, c1911.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: lotzterem.hu


Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France, circa 1912.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: Archives Galeries Lafayette


The French Bazaar, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1913.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: Memory of the Netherlands

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: Memory of the Netherlands


The State Department Store (GUM), Moscow, Soviet Union, c1920.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: gum.ru


1925: The meat and poultry department of Harrod's department store in London.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Circa 1925: Shoppers in London's Burlington Arcade.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Galleria Umberto, Naples, one of Europe's most famous shopping arcades, circa 1930.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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The Selfridges flagship store on London's Oxford Street, 1934.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Marshall Field & Company, Chicago, Illinois.

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: Ebay


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