This is a shopping bag from a department store that was located in Charleston, WV. The store closed in 1983, a victim
of a newly built mall that soon took most of the downtown business away. The store was a huge part of my life. It was
the first place in which I *ever* rode or even saw, an escalator. It was the store where I purchased the first
hardback books that I selected and paid for on my own, (The Wind in the Willows and Little Woman, I still have both of them)
I bought my wedding gown there. It was the place where we purchased our first Christmas tree ornaments
after we were married, and it was the place where I bought my son's 'coming home from the hospital' outfit!
This bag was from Christmas of 1978, They gave them out to shoppers along with your first purchase if you were
planning on doing more shopping that day so that you could put all of your purchases into one, easy-to-carry bag.
As you can see, the name of the department store was on the top of the bag, and then there were facts
about the Gnome beside of his photo. The store used the gnome as its holiday emblem for several
It isn't very clear, but if you squint at it, the date is on the bottom of the bag just below the Gnome's feet.
1978. I kept the bag after one of our shopping trips there. The store was about an hour's drive from my
home so we didn't shop there every day. That was part of what made it special.
I hadn't thought about the bag for some time now, until this prompt. I've always wanted to frame it and put
it on the wall and thanks to this prompt, I have measured it for a frame.
Now, all I have to do is purchase the frame.
For anyone who might have an interest in old department stores, here is a link to more information about