"Blum Store" ©Tim McFarlane, 2011
On February 27th, "Philadelphia's Golden Age of Retail", by Lawrence M. Arrigale and Thomas Keels, was released and contains a large black and white reproduction of my photo, "Blum Store", shown above. The book is a great read for anyone interested in Philadelphia's rich retail history and what made it a leader in department store innovation.
I was contacted by Lawrence Arrigale last year and asked if I would be willing to let them use this photo for the then-upcoming book. I agreed, but had to actually re-shoot the photo last fall because the original file I had was too small to print. A few years ago, I had an interest in capturing images of what was left of old and faded signs of old business that still existed on the walls of center city buildings. This one, for the Blum Store, can still be seen from 13th Street between Walnut and Chestnut Streets. On the upper left side, you can get a glimpse of the upper floors of what is now Macy's, but to most Philadelphians, that will always be John Wanamaker's.