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F.W. Woolworth Company
F.W. Woolworth Company
TitleF.W. Woolworth Company
DescriptionPostcard of the F.W. Woolworth Company building
Historical ArticleThe Largest 5 and 10 Cent Store in the World, Kansas City, Mo., was a four-story building with basement on the east side of Main between 11th and 12th.

The store, originally a Knox 5- and 10-cent store, went to Woolworth in a merger with the Knox chain in 1911, and was for a time the largest of the Woolworth stores.

The store hummed with activity. On the second floor a young woman sat all day long at an upright piano, with a low railing separating her from the crowd, playing popular sheet music as requested by the customers. Strains of such tunes as Alexander's Ragtime Band, We'll go Sailing Along on Moonlight Bay or Oh You Beautiful Doll floating through the store lured music lovers, many of whom left the store with rolled up copies of the latest song hits.

All kinds of fancy work, quilt and embroidery patterns, yarn threads and piece goods were also housed on the second floor. The more utilitarian merchandise, such as crockery, kitchen and dinnerware and kitchen tools were found in the basement.

The store was closed Dec. 29, 1964. A regional vice president of the Woolworth chain said the location was abandoned because we think we have a better opportunity on the outskirts of the city.

Kansas City Star
December 3, 1977
AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectBusinesses
Woolworth Building
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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