Since I received so many enthusiastic comments on Facebook after I posted the downtown storefront windows blog, I decided a trip down Memory Lane via the Brandeis store was in order. I think anyone who grew up in Omaha (before 1980) will enjoy this. Several people in the Newsroom told me of their fond memories after seeing the photos I loaded into our system.
A passer-by gazes at this window display which features The Fair Store, which was the original name when it opened in 1881. It wasn’t until 1888 that the store was named J.L. Brandeis and Sons.
The Brandeis Building once featured a library and reading room. Did you notice that are only proper ladies are utilizing the space?
Brandeis was the place for fashion, and they held several trend-setting fashion shows every year. In the fall there was an international based show featuring a selected country. In 1969 they featured the U.S.A. in honor of the moon landing. Mini skirt, go-go boots – what every well-dressed astronaut was wearing, I guess.
Speaking of fashion shows, here’s a great one! This one features styles of the 1920′s, only modeled by the young male employees at the company picnic at Peony Park. Here Bill Russo is modeling the latest “Scraperelli” collection.
Everything at Brandeis was always the biggest and the best. This flag, on the building’s north face, was “the largest in the world” in October 1925. The 90 x 165 foot flag was made by the Scott-Omaha tent and awning company.
This undated photo (we estimated the time period based on the type of printing for the caption) is of the award winning window display featuring the story of Ak-Sar-Ben. It took “most original” from the Window Display Men’s Association and was won by the head of the window display department at Brandeis. Not only did stores have window display departments, they had entire associations devoted to the craft.
Thought this one was a bit creepy looking. In honor of Brandeis’ golden anniversary the 10th floor was turned into a wedding cathedral, complete with piped in music and wax figures wearing wedding fashions from 1881.
Workman installing the signage at the Fourth Street location in Council Bluffs showed a little bit of humor upon discovering the “D” globe had been broken in transient from Denver. They improvised to prove they did know how to spell!
A sad day for many of us. The start of the closing sale at the downtown location. It was truly the end of an era. Thanks Brandeis, for all the fond memories!