Business: London Store

In 1890, one Harry Gordon Selfridge, Wisconsin born, became a member of Marshall Field & Co. in Chicago. Fourteen years later, after he had shown himself a great department store executive, had become general manager of and partner in his firm, he retired from business.

Like all U. S. voyagers in England, he enjoyed the quiet, the courtesy, the fine products of the English specialty shop. These, the result of intense retail competition, were typical of 19th Century British trade. It was pleasant to shop in them. But, to the mind of Mr. Selfridge,...

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