Friday, February 24, 2012

Sepia Saturday #114

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!

Viridian


12 comments:

Kristin said...

I think all those women in a store go very well with the prompt and I'm sure they are all wearing shoes.

Bob Scotney said...

I can just make out the pair of shoes worn by the later in the bottom left of the photo and the heels of the shoes on the lady to her right.

Little Nell said...

There were bound go be some shoes amongst the bargains to be had, If not on this occasion, then on another day.

Karen S. said...

isn't it amazing how the words, sale, half-price, bargins, 2 for one....free, can make a crowd appear out of no where! Great photo!

Postcardy said...

I remember going to Filene's Basement in Boston when it was a real basement store with piles of bargains. When they put Filene's Basements in malls, they were totally different. Then they were more like discount stores filled with tacky overstock merchandise.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

A real bargain basement! I really do not enjoy shopping in crowds.

viridian said...

Postcardy: You are absolutely right. When it became a 'brand' and a chain store, it was all different.

barbara and nancy said...

I also visited filenes in Boston, but alas, the basement was no longer open. I had always wanted to be a part of the mob searching for a bargain just like the ones in the photo.
Nancy

Christine H. said...

I love that the photo is taken from above. All the better to see the hats too.

Alan Burnett said...

You are right, that prompt photograph also reminded me of the Department Stores of my youth - all now long gone.

Linda@VS said...

Your post reminded me of shopping with my mother in the basement of Heer's Department Store in Springfield, Missouri. Hadn't thought of that in years, so thanks for the memories.

Wendy said...

My daughter got quite a few bargains at Filene's a few years back. But it would have been fun to see "the real Filene's" as it was in its heyday.

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