Hudson’s Holidays

1950s window display

1950s window display

Many people miss the pageantry and decorations that surrounded the downtown J.L. Hudson Company Department Store during the holiday shopping season. Santa was there, as were window displays full of enticing children’s toys. The 12th floor auditorium was even converted to retail space for the overflowing toy department in December. These images give us a glimpse of the festivities as they were over a half-century ago.
– D.S.

Auditorium-turned-shopping paradise (1940s)

Auditorium-turned-shopping paradise (1940s)

A crowd gathered to see Santa in 1949.

A crowd gathered to see Santa in 1949.

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