I love that 60 Minutes thing. Thank you so much for posting. I grew up 7 blocks from bloomingdales and while I don’t actually remember 1976 I could well have been there on a Saturday that year. I have such vivid memories of going to Bloomies with my Mom. We didn’t go a lot (my parents, to their great credit, did not view shopping is an appropriate family activity) but it was always an amazing experience. I loved seeing that vast array of stuff—you could get thread, perfume, makeup, costume jewelry, tights of every color, and that was just on the ground floor—and I have never experienced better people watching. That segment gives you a sense of how diverse it always was—people of all ages and so many social and economic backgrounds. Later, I would learn the specific pleasure of going into a MAC store or a boutique where every single person in there was incredibly cool looking, but the wild democracy of a place like Bloomingdales is still my favorite.
I love this, Liz.
I LOVED that 60 minutes segment – a little slice of life from the past!
The Bloomies segment on 60 Minutes was great. I remember getting dressed up with my Mom (in the 1970s) to go shopping at Bonwit Teller on Michigan Avenue. Not a place to go cruising, but definitely the place where the fashionable liked to be seen.
Can’t get any of that from internet shopping!
Bloomingdale’s! I have died and gone to heaven. “If somebody’s buying 12 pounds of Brie … you’ll get there.”
Thank you, thank you for posting the link to the 60 Minutes Bloomingdale’s feature. I loved the 1976 version of the Clarisonic — it sounded like a buzzsaw! Those women remind me of how my mother used to look and dress — so glamorous, and no visible plastic surgery or fillers!