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Of Potter Palmer, dry goods merchant in Chicago, whose P. Palmer & Co emporium was the model store Marshall Field and Levi Leiter dreamed of.

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Such a place was Chicago in 1852, when the first rail link through to New York was finalized. With less than 30’000 inhabitants in 1850, Chicago grew to 112’000 by 1860 and almost 300’000 by 1870, as it became the railroad hub of the Middle West and the center of Midwestern commerce and economy. With $3’000 from his father, Potter Palmer established a dry goods store on Lake Street, calling it “P. Palmer & Co” to save on the signboard.  ...



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