Wood Pencil Box "Steiger's Boys' Shop", good with normal wear for the age, wood pen inside. Here's a bit of history:
Albert Steiger Co. 1479 Main Street Springfield, Massachusetts SPRINGFIELD STORE DIRECTORY
Main Floor Jewelry Shop • Toiletries Shop • Cosmetics • Glove Shop • Handbag Shop • Small Leather Goods • Handkerchief Shop • Hosiery Shop • Slipper Bar • Little Hat Bar • Main FLoor Blouse Shop • Main Floor Sportswear • Main Floor Lingerie • Shoe Salon • Notions Shop • Stationery Shop • Candy Shop • The Man's Shop • Campus Shop • Directions for Young Men
Mezzanine Book Balcony
Second Floor Misses' Shop • Women's World • Daytime Dress Shop • Boulevard Shop • Town & Country Dresses • Blouse Shop • Sweater Shop • Sportswear Shop • Career Sportswear • Coat Shop • Suit Shop • Fur Salon • Millinery Salon • Wig Boutique • French Room • Showcase • Venture • Junior Colony • Lingerie Shop • Corset Shop • Robe Shop • Maternity Shop
Third Floor Boys' Shop • Girls' Shop • Toddler's Shop • Baby Shop • Teen Shop • Pre Teen Shop • Junior Shoe Shop • Bedding Shop • Bath Shop • Domestics Shop • Fabric Shop • Housewares Shop • Beauty Salon
Drapery Shop • Curtain Shop • Mattress Shop • Luggage Shop • Credit Office Gone but not forgotten: WGBY remembers Albert Steiger Company department stores
Two decades after going out of business, Albert Steiger Co. is just a memory for many in Western Massachusetts
Steiger's was founded by the late Albert Steiger, a German immigrant who came to America in 1868. With a background in fabrics - his family owned a silk factory while living in Europe - he opened a department store in Port Chester, NY.
After initial success, he opened his first store in the Valley in 1896, in Holyoke. Within decades, the store was in Hartford, Longmeadow, Springfield, Westfield, Eastfield and Enfield.
The key to the department store's success was attitude, Allen Steiger told Madigan. "We wanted people to be treated well and that was I think the secret of our business - that we treated people well and they in turn treated the customer well."
"There was an expectation on the part of the Steiger's family. An expectation on how you would present yourself, how you would dress, how you would speak, and that was carried on throughout," one-time Steiger’s employee Cheryl Dutton said. "I learned very early on to respect and listen to people and present myself in the best way possible."
Such attitudes, are considered to have created lifetime customers.
"Just as there were generations of Steigers, there were also generations of Steiger's customers," downtown Springfield Steiger’s Manager John Donnellan. "[There were] a number of people in Springfield, in Greater Springfield, who would come - for instance, to register for their china, to buy their wedding gown - would tell us that their mother, grandmother had done the same thing 40 or 60 years before."
Whether buying a gown or glassware, Donnellan said Steiger's stood for class.
Our buyers were the arbiters of taste," said downtown Springfield Steiger’s Manager John Donnellan. "If somebody bought something at Steiger's that meant fashion, that meant quality."
Beyond fashion, taste also played a part in bringing in customers by way of the Tea Room. "On a Saturday, we'd have over 1,000 people eat there for the reason that the food was so good and very reasonably priced," Steiger said.
Twenty years ago the department stores closes. "We could sense it coming," Steiger said. "We were really a peanut compared to [larger chain stores.]"
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