I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania in a fairly rural setting about 20 miles away from Pittsburgh.
We were taken there for Christmas shopping by streetcars from a route that terminated about 5 miles from where I grew up.
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My grandmother was in charge of the hair salon at Kaufmann's Department store in downtown Pittsburgh.
She was often flown to different cities around the country to promote Clairol hair care products.
Above is a painting of the street corner with the famous Kaufmann's clock that was often used as a meeting landmark in the city.
"meet me under Kaufmann's clock" was fairly universal thing said in the 'burgh.
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Kaufmann's was known for their holiday window dressings intended to draw business towards them.
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As children, it was awesome to see the windows, not just in Kaufmann's, but from the other department store as well.
Joseph J. Hornes at Christmas.
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A part of those trips that added more enjoyment to them was a lunch date with Little Grandma at the Tick-Tock Shop inside of Kaufmann's.
Each trip was memorable, and even a little bit scary for us country bumpkins as we were more used to woods and farmlands than anything else.
The Kaufmann family was well to do, and commisioned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a vacation home for them located in the upper highlands in Bear Run, Pennsylvania.
It is now a national landmark
America’s most famous architect, designed Fallingwater for his clients, the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is entrusted to preserve Fallingwater for generations to come.
Because the Kaufmanns were so famous, they often entertained well known guests in their homes:
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Some of you might recognize this one.