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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 34, August 5, 2005, Article 19

DEPARTMENT STORE NAME CHANGE

USA Today and other news media reported last week on
an event of interest to token collectors. Over the years many
department stores have issued charge coins, key tags, tokens,
medals and other items of interest to collectors. Due to the
longevity of many of these locally-based businesses, collectors
delight in being able to visit the business that created these
collectibles decades or even centuries ago. In a number of
cities, however, these long-time names are about the disappear.

"Department store chain Macy's will become a national brand
 and many longstanding regional store names will disappear
 after this holiday season, its parent, Federated Department
Stores (FD), announced Thursday."

"Federated said it will convert about 330 May locations to
Macy's, dropping such names as Famous-Barr, Robinsons-May,
Foley's, Hecht's and Kaufmann's."

Here in Pittsburgh, the Kaufmann's name has been around for
generations, and my own collection includes a number of
Kaufmann charge coins. My encased postage collection includes
one issued by Lord & Taylor in 1862 - this is one name that still
exists. I also have a Bailey & Co. encasement, a predecessor of
the Baily, Banks & Biddle jewelry firm.

To read the full story, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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