Downtown Department Stores, Or What Am I Doing?

Today at work there was a roundtable of the owners of the department stores that used to be in Syracuse for years until malls took over.  First I met Mr. Chappell of Chappell’s Department Store.

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#875 from OHA’s Photo Store

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An old Chappell’s box in the Nifty Fifties toy exhibition. Remember when everything you bought was put into a box instead of a bag?  Chappell’s used to do this even into the 80’s, except their boxes were yellow at that time.  I think I still have a couple of them in my attic.

Then I met Mr. Rodormer of E. W. Edwards & Son Department Store.

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The rocket in the annex of Edwards Department Store at Christmas time. #325 from OHA’s Photo Store.

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An old Edwards box in the Nifty Fifties toy exhibition.

There were others that didn’t introduce themselves to me.  While I didn’t get to listen to the roundtable (pout) I really enjoyed meeting these gentlemen.  I wanted to lock the door and go upstairs to take a few photos, but people kept coming in late.

And I’m really enjoying my job as gift shop manager / museum attendant / webmaster / etc. at OHA!  I don’t know and don’t care what my title is.  Every day at least once a day someone comes in to tell me stories from the area or their family history.  I’m totally in my element with this.

Here’s a quick view of the Nifty Fifties toy exhibition, which is just meant to tease you to come visit if you’re in the area!

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It is really cool, and it is getting quite a bit of press and people visiting!

I even submitted a photo of my older brother riding his new horse (which got passed down to the rest of us):
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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook
    Dec 07, 2008 @ 21:52:22

    I can hear the excitement and joy in your voice Pam.
    I could not be happier for you.
    OHA is lucky to have you too!

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  2. Susan Gets Native
    Dec 07, 2008 @ 22:27:19

    I love cool old stuff like that!
    My Mom and her friends have been passing along a Gidding Jenny’s bag and box for 30 years. It’s become a very big deal.

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  3. Linda in Erie
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 00:53:43

    I just love that first photo. It’s so clear! I love old buildings and old history, too. It sounds so exciting. I’m very happy for you! All your photos are great.

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  4. jayne
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 07:52:43

    Like Lynne, I grinned the entire time I read this as the joy just oozes out of your words Pam. :c)

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  5. Mary
    Dec 08, 2008 @ 21:47:52

    Me, too. Ditto what everyone says. And, I love your snowflakes, you teaser…

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  6. Jim" Wa. State"
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 22:58:35

    I’m 63 now” first off my grand mother Abigail Green / later sir name was Ryan” worked at Chappell’s until she retired: I have a printed postandard copy
    from 1949 , 50 her winning a prize paid vacation:
    I had that vary same spring loaded rocking horse as kid: same color”
    fun” I see that over head kids ride in the back ground; rod in that a couple of times:
    In the winter those store front windows were the best back in the day:
    I left there the last of 74″ CA was home up until a couple years back”
    These days I spend a lot of time researching the past in upstate NY:
    It is a wonderful thing you are doing” it’s a sham so much has gone the way of the
    wind:

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    • dale ann chappell
      Apr 29, 2013 @ 04:05:44

      How cool. I just came upon this thread and I am in Hawaii. My name is Dale Ann Chappell and my Dad was president of Chappell’s for most those years you are speaking off. I am 59 now. My mom is still alive at 85. The store belly upped right when my dad passed away at 64.

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