Rich's Department Store

Collection:
Parker Lowell Photograph Collection, 1949
Title:
Rich's Department Store
Creator:
Jillson, Floyd, 1926-
Publisher:
Parker Lowell Photograph Collection, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date of Original:
1949
Subject:
Rich's (Retail store)
Department stores--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century
Holiday decorations--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century
Christmas decorations--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century
Christmas trees--Georgia--Atlanta
Christmas lights--Georgia--Atlanta
Holidays--Georgia--Atlanta
Buildings--Georgia--Atlanta
Holidays--Songs and music
Singers--Georgia--Atlanta
Automobiles--Georgia--Atlanta
Rites and ceremonies--Georgia--Atlanta
Windows--Georgia--Atlanta
Skywalks--Georgia--Atlanta
Atlanta (Ga.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
black-and-white photographs
Type:
StillImage
Format:
image/jpeg
Description:
View of the Rich's Christmas tree atop the "crystal bridge" over Forsyth Street in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rich's Department Store was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1867 by Morris Rich, a Hungarian-born immigrant. The business expanded over several decades, and eventually was located on the corner of Alabama and Broad Streets in downtown Atlanta. In the 1960's and 1970's the store opened in several other locations. In 1948 a seventy-foot live Christmas tree was first placed on the roof of Rich's downtown department store. Thereafter, the Lighting of the Great Tree became an Atlanta tradition. In 1960, several African American college students protested segregationist policies practiced by Rich's until the store agreed to desegregate its stores in 1961. Rich's department store was phased out in 2005.
Metadata URL:
http://album.atlantahistorycenter.com/cdm/ref/collection/PLowell/id/2
Rights Holder:
This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U. S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through The Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.
Additional Rights Information:
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Extent:
11 x 14 in. silver gelatin print
Holding Institution:
Atlanta History Center

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