13 Stunning Shopping Centres From The Dawn of Consumerism

By Attila Nagy on at

Nowadays, shopping centres are seldom considered masterpieces. But that was completely different at the turn of the 19th century—a time when they were the pinnacle of style and technology.

The following images will show you the dawn of consumer society, when these buildings were more like palaces and temples than mere stores.

The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, a shopping arcade in Brussels, circa 1890

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Circa 1900: A shopping arcade in Birmingham

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Le Bon Marché, Paris, France, c.1900

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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B. Altman Department Store, New York City, c.1906

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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The provision department of Harrods store, circa 1910

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Párizsi Nagyáruház, Budapest, Hungary, c.1911

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France, circa 1912

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: Archives Galeries Lafayette


The French Bazaar, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1913

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: Memory of the Netherlands

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: Memory of the Netherlands


 

The State Department Store (GUM), Moscow, Soviet Union, c.1920

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

Image: gum.ru


 

1925: The meat and poultry department of Harrod's department store in London

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Circa 1925: Shoppers in London's Burlington Arcade

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Galleria Umberto, Naples, one of Europe's most famous shopping arcades, circa 1930

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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The Selfridges flagship store on London's Oxford Street, 1934

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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Marshall Field & Company, Chicago, Illinois

13 Stunning Shopping Malls From The Dawn of Consumerism

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