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Kids today will never know how amazing department stores can be. I came along in time to work in them as a teen and shop in them as an adult, but they had already been watered down and many departments were gone. If a department store has three stories these days, it's considered large.

The Broadway in downtown Los Angeles boasted 9 stories! Seven of these held merchandise, the eighth was offices, the ninth was a tearoom. The store carried everything from hats to pianos.

My mother grew up in Los Angeles in the heyday of department stores and, as a child, attended the "Annual Doll's Tea Party at the Broadway" at the flagship store. She went at least twice, as I have two different souvenir saucers from the event. Born in 1929, she would have gone to these teas in the early '30s.

Thus, for your consideration, two saucers and one teacup from what was surely an event to behold. Just imagine a roomful of little girls and their mothers, the girls holding their dolls and seating them at the table, everyone enjoying tea and, most likely, entertainment of some sort. What fanciful afternoons these must have been!

♥ The saucers are each approximately 4.25" across. Though the gold shows some wear, they are in incredibly good condition.

♥ The cup is approximately 2.75" across (not counting the handle) and has a hairline crack in it. The crack cannot be felt on either side of the cup.

♥ All three pieces are marked Made in Japan on the back.

These pieces have lived their lives in a non-smoking home :-)

***Please note that I will combine shipping if you purchase more than one item from my shop (not including blueprints). You may go ahead and pay all shipping charges at checkout and I will refund the overage, or you may contact me for a quote***

If you are interested in the glory days of department stores, this site: http://departmentstoremuseum.blogspot.com/2010/06/broadway-los-angeles-california.html
is an excellent source of information and pictures. The listings of departments is just so extensive--it's fun to imagine going shopping back then. I remember riding the bus from my grandma's house in Los Angeles to downtown and we would go to the department stores. It was always lots of fun but, being a younger child, I didn't really appreciate the shopping opportunites and the grandeur of the stores. I do remember the huge toy departments, though!

Thank you for your interest and I wish you a wonderful day.

BROADWAY DEPARTMENT STORE Annual Doll's Tea Party Cup and Saucers


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