It's official! ...

Store Chat magazine cover featuring an illustration of a family on a suburban lawn during the summer.

It's official! After Sunday's Summer Solstice, summertime is here. We're celebrating with this August 1965 cover illustration from Store Chat magazine.

Store Chat was the employee magazine of Strawbridge & Clothier, a department store founded by Justus C. Strawbridge (1838-1911) and Isaac H. Clothier (1837-1921) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The magazine published communications from management, news about workers’ lives, reports on company and company-sponsored activities, instructions to employees about fashion trends and consumer preferences, and light commentary on matters of local and national import. As the operation grew into a major regional retail chain, the magazine added dispatches from suburban branch stores.

Store Chat was first published in June 1906 and was released at irregular intervals until 1909. After 1909, it maintained a more regular publication schedule, though it did not operate continuously, and ceased publication entirely in the early 1930s during the Great Depression. After it resumed publication in 1943, it ran continuously and on a monthly to bimonthly basis until 1997, shortly after Strawbridge & Clothier’s was purchased by May Department Stores Company.

To view digitized copies of the Hagley Library’s collection of Store Chat, head over to the landing page for this publication on our Digital Archives by clicking here.