The theme for this week is Shoes and the prompt photograph shows some ladies trying on shoes.
However, what I was reminded of was my forays with my mother into Filene's basement in Boston, as it once was.
I knew it in the 1960's and 1970's, but the Basement (which really was in the basement) had a long history before that. Filene's was a chain of department stores in New England with their flagship store in downtown Boston. Items that were past season, clearance, shopworn, or had a slight flaw would be sent from the main sales departments to the Basement. You could find some real deals there.
Shoppers could get very intent and intense. This photo, from a web page about the history of Filene's basement, reminded me of the prompt. No shoes in sight, but ladies in hats indeed.
I'm joining up with Sepia Saturday!