This image is the cover for the book Kaufmann's Department Store, Images of America

Kaufmann's Department Store, Images of America

Kaufmann's Department Store was a force in Pittsburgh retail from its humble beginnings in 1871 until its merger with Federated Department Stores in 2006.

The "Big Store" downtown was a landmark shopping emporium with 12 floors of everything from cosmetics and groceries to wedding gowns and lawn mowers. Under the leadership of Edgar J. Kaufmann and his wife, Liliane, the store became a forum for exhibitions of art, cutting-edge technology, and Parisian haute couture. Generations of Pittsburghers hold fond memories of meeting friends and family under the famous Kaufmann's clock to lunch at the Tic Toc Restaurant, pick up cookies at the Arcade Bakery, or peer into the store's enchanting Christmas window displays each December.

Melanie Linn Gutowski, The Senator John Heinz History Center, Rick Sebak

Melanie Linn Gutowski is a writer, historian, and lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area. She is the author of the 2013 book Pittsburgh's Mansions (Arcadia), and her other history writing has appeared in various local and national publications. She holds a bachelor's degree in history of art and architecture and a master's degree in professional writing. The Sen. John Heinz History Center is an educational institution that engages and inspires a large and diverse audience with links to the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the future by preserving regional history and presenting the American experience with a western Pennsylvania connection. It is Pennsylvania's largest history museum and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

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