Someone on the Remembering_Retail list brought this great photo to our attention recently. I love vintage shots of strip roadways, and my dining room wall is even adorned with a large photo of Route 66 in Albequerque, New Mexico in 1969, purchased from IKEA (of all places!)
What’s worth noting here is the large Turn/Style (or is just Turnstyle?) store in the upper right hand corner of this photo. Turn/Style is a long-forgotten chain of discount department stores from the Chicagoland area. They never had many locations, and the most notorious one was the large (something like 100,000 square feet) outlet at the Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, which Prangeway blogged about a few days ago. Someone on Remembering_Retail hinted that their downfall may have been their locations–many of which were in areas that began to go into decline during the 1960s and 1970s–though we don’t know how true this is. Turn/Style was eventually sold to Venture, then the discount department store division of the May Co., before Venture themselves went through other owners and tanked completely in 1998.
When I arrived for my brief tenure in the midwest in late 1998, Venture had only just recently departed and I was really fascinated by their large, angular, zebra-striped storefronts and their modern (if basic) Impact logo. It’s too bad I never got to see one from the inside!
EDIT 6/1/2006: Prangeway had this to add: “This appears to be looking north along Skokie Blvd (US 41). The intersecting diagonal street in the foreground is Gross Point Rd. The next intersection with Turn Style is Emerson St.”