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In chapter 2 I approach the department store through the prism of mobility and circulation, motifs that run through European economic thought about the Jews and which inhered in department store representations and displays in multiple ways. A stationary spot, the department store was also a scene of perpetual motion. The hub of an international traffic in goods, capital, people, styles, and tastes, it survived by constantly changing, innovating, and expanding. ” The chapter thus connects cosmopolitanism and circulation to the position of Jews in European states and societies and to a tradition of thinking about the Jews—by anti-Semites, Zionists, and many in between—as ur-capitalist risk takers, and as restless, mobile, and circulating economic actors.
52 By the 1890s American department stores began to take shape in recognizable form, fi rst with the Siegel-Cooper stores and then Wanamaker (originally in Philadelphia), Marshall Field’s and Carson, Pirie, Scott in Chicago, Macy’s in New York, Filene’s in Boston, and a bit later Famous-Barr in St. Louis. In the 1880s, most American stores had only fi fteen departments. 53 The expansion of American department stores, like that of their counterparts in France, was met with opposition, chiefly by representatives of small shopkeepers, who agitated for the state to intervene to curb their growth.
In 1877 Les Grands Magasins du Louvre opened its impressive new facilities, and in 1883 Printemps rebuilt its quarters on a comparable scale. 41 The entrepreneurs who created them, like Boucicaut, were mostly men of modest means and generally of provincial origin, and while several were Jewish—the owners of the Galeries Lafayette prominent among them—Jews represented a fairly small minority of department store directors in France. Strategic marriages, the historian Philip Nord points out, supplied the necessary capital for the rapid growth of several of these stores.