Friday, December 10, 2010

Where Have You Gone....

....Marshall Field's?  

This year, Macy's window theme is "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus".  Ho-hum!  Imagine a librarian up on a ladder that moves back and forth, back and forth, back--well, you get the picture.  Then there's the ice skater that moves back and forth, back and forth.....!  We did not have to jockey for position at the windows.  In fact, most passersby just passed on by.  We didn't have lunch under the great  tree.  There was no need to make a purchase just to get a bag.  Yes, I've been known to do that!

I can't remember the year this bag came home with me or what it toted.  It's my favorite!  The drawing is by Maurice Sendak.  The window theme was The Nutcracker.  It was spectacular.  We went from window to window and then back again.  Claire was spinning and lovely.  The Nutcracker was handsome and formidable.  Just outside under the great clock, a Salvation Army Band in full uniform played.  Magic reigned!

This was the last bag.  The theme:  "There's No Place Like Field's".  So true!

We had lunch under the great tree in the Walnut Room.  As always, after the delicious meal, we were presented with our gifts of Santa Bear mugs.  It was the end of a great era in department stores.  It was December 2005.  

After lunch, Andrew purchased a silver and gold bracelet as an anniversary present for me.  It was a magical day!


  1. So is Fields really gone away? I used to love the store windows with their magic! I was just looking at a MF box at mom's--so accustomed to seeing that label I don't usually think about it. You may have a collector's item with those shopping bags!

  2. Your live in an enchanted place; I've just read about this and yes I am jealous. What a cute bag.

  3. I think the Saks windows are the same way. They were much grander years ago and now they are kind of...blah. Oh well. What can you do? The times they are a changin...

  4. The bags are very nice...and I wish to be in NY city...NOW!! Love, Flavia

  5. Marshall Fields was one of the finest department stores ever. What a shame they are all Macy's now. My father-in-law was a buyer for Fields years ago. My first cookbook came from Fields.

    I was in management for a Federated store in Texas and now it's Macy's also.

    It's so nice that you still have some treasures left from Fields.

  6. Oh I think I knew that. And Macy's has bought our Dillards which use to be Ivey's. I don't think Macy's is quite like MF was though, at least that I remember. Say, I just added you to my side bar, I don't know why I didn't before, since I read your every post! Have a great weekend and stay warm!

  7. Boy, what a ride down memory sure painted a picture in my minds eye. I too would have made a purchase just to get a bag like that. I hope those days are not gone forever.

    Rich's was like that here but no more Rich's. We would go each year to see the windows then lunch in the skywalk then ride the Pink Pig... one is never too old to ride it. We could look out and see the busy city and circle the great tree and IT was HUGE! That was always a part of Christmas.

    I gather Marshall Field's window designers need to go take some design classes.

  8. we have a macy's in our mall, but it has not a single window and I have never seen bags like these. they are really pretty. in fact in our town there are no decorated windows at all, there are none to decorate. hummm

  9. Thank heavens for our memories, and our keepsakes, and thank you for sharing with us. And thank heavens we still have the wonder and miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ to remember!!! Have a great weekend.

  10. Hi Bonnie dear,

    Wish I could share some sunshine.

    Loved your Marshall Field bags and the memories. Gosh things are changing so fast. All about big box and less service.

    Sending love,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  11. I so love the comment above mine. I love this post. I remember the year that Fields closed. My friend, Peg, who had been in the Chicago area for just a couple of years, and she was heartbroken when the stores changed from Fields to Macy's.

    Indeed, we must be thankful for memories.

  12. Isn't it amazing how much shopping is changing? So many people I know aren't even stepping foot outside. They are ordering everything from Amazon! I like ordering some things online, but there is nothing like going into a store during the holiday bustle! Thank you so much for sharing with me today. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  13. Shopping on-line is MY kind of shopping. I absolutely abhor shopping and will do anything to get out of it :)
    I love the MF's bag thought; very elegant! it's a keep for sure with the stores closed now.

  14. Oh, Bonnie, what a wonderful memory! It makes me think of growing up in Washington, D.C. and going downtown with my grandmother on the streetcar. And we would always see the window displays. Hecht's, Woodward & Lothrop, Garfinkel's. One had a tea room and a basement with a whole book department there. All gone with the wind now. I have heard of Marshall Field's, but never saw one! Are they all gone now? I would have loved to shop there! Are there not even any catalogs?

  15. I must admit, I still see some lovely windows here and there. People can be so creative. You see more of it in big cities, but here and there I find a charming window.
    We used to love Marshall Fields...but then I loved Burdines inn Florida too.
    All Macy's now.

  16. What great memories, Bonnie, but I get kinda sad when I think of how things WERE.... Times have changed and not always for the best.

    Gorgeous bags.. We didn't have a Marshall Field's --but we would go from our small town to Bristol to shop on Saturday before Christmas. I loved seeing all of the pretty windows, the Salvation Army bells, etc...

    Thanks for the memories.

  17. In 1996 after I ran the Chicago Marathon, one of the things on my list of MUST DOs was to go to Marshall Fields. I found it enchanting!! I was so sad when I read that it had closed. Glad you have your wonderful memories AND happy anniversary!!

  18. Like everything else "the department" stores have changed too. Nothing stays the same.

    But good memories do stay the same.


  19. You brought back some wonderful memories with that post. I remember going into Boston with my mom to look at the windows. And I remember buying the bags, too.

  20. Those bags and mugs are great. I've never heard of anyone doing something like this, but I live in a relatively small city....

    I'm glad you have those mementos...

  21. Ahh Marshal Fields... I loved the clime to the top floor to look down on the tree and the Wallnut room then getting a few boxes of Frango mints (nobody else could get them) and the the Santa was sooo Awesome!

    I used to make a trip every year see the store windows until... Stupid Macy's

  22. Bryan=Bad speller I "loved to CLIMB"
    Jeez, nimble fingers I am NOT.

  23. Bonnie,
    Great post! I love the shopping bags. The stores just don't seem to be the same anymore. Or maybe I am not the same. I can remember taking my Christmas money to B. Altman's. I would have face powder custom blended at the counter! Altman's is no longer.

    I shop online a lot. I do, however, get to the mall every once in a while.


  24. I love seeing the Holiday window displays - I guess because it was such a big deal going downtown to see them when I was little.
    My daughter & I saw the Christmas windows at Harrods in London in 1998 - that was truly amazing!
    Wishing you & yours a wonderful day, Bonnie!
    ~ Zuzu

  25. The Walnut Room and the windows at Fields were part of the magic that made Christmas special when I was a child. Our daughters, too, enjoyed them for several years before we moved East. Thanks for rekindling the memory. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  26. The Macy's windows just don't compare. Every year, my family would drive down after finishing Thanksgiving dinner to look at the windows. The year Macy's started withe their shennanigans was the last. They can't even hold a candle to Marshall Field's former glory.

  27. I saw Macy's display this year with the Yes Virginia theme and it was fun to be able to follow the sequence of the story.
    I've never been to a Marshall Fields store, but like you, I have bought items just to get the bag. It's a funny thing now that I think back.

  28. How sweet! Enjoy your bracelet and your marriage!


  29. What a joy it would be to see those marvelous Christmas decorated store fronts up close.
    I would imagine it's a magical treat.
    I could use the inspiration.
    We're making slow progress decking the halls at my home. Hubs cut our Christmas "TREEZILLA"!! down from the backyard this weekend. Turns out what grows outside really does appear much smaller, lol. With my college boy home it has put us in a festive mood.
    Do you like playing Christmas music while decorating? For me the music welcomes a wonderful sentiment of the season to the air, as does the aromas of baking.

    It's good to be back, I hope you get a chance to stop by for a visit.

    Sweet wishes,

  30. Oh ,how I miss Marshall Fields!!! Macy's doesn't even come close.


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