When searching for that perfect gift, many of us now turn to the computer and the convenience of online shopping. However, I can’t help but be nostalgic for a time when shopping often meant looking at elaborate window displays of the newest toys or gadgets instead of tapping on a keyboard. I can almost hear the young boy below working on his wish list for Santa as he gazes at this toy display:
- Join in with other window shoppers as they study the latest merchandise in these photographs from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection.
- Peek through store windows from multiple time periods through this assortment of images in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
- Imagine being part of busy shopping crowds such as these at R. H. Macy and Company department store during Christmas week 1942.