In Philadelphia, when you thought of Toyland and the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Gimbels was the department store that lured you to Market Street.

Gimbels began as a humble dry goods store in Indiana and became a retail dynasty that spanned 144 years.

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One historian captivated by the history of department stores is Michael Lisicky. His last project, Wanamaker’s: Meet Me at the Eagle, became a best seller.

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His new book is Gimbels Has It!

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