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“Each Kress store was a gift of civic art”

The S. H. Kress Company was founded by Samuel H. Kress in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania in 1887. It was one of America’s five-and-dime retail chains that started in the last quarter of the 19th century only to fade from the landscape about … Continue reading

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Lost emporiums of childhood joy

When I was growing up, a favorite place to shop was the five-and-dime (or variety) stores like Woolworth’s (Lancaster, PA, 1879-1997), G.C. Murphy (McKeesport, PA, 1906-1985), S.S. Kresge (Detroit, 1867-1966, now Kmart), Ben Franklin (Boston, 1887-present), S.H. Kress (Nanticoke, PA, 1896-1981), and McCrory’s … Continue reading

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