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Marshall Field

Marshall Field and Company

1867 - 1906

Retail

pre-1900 b. 1834
male
Personal
Born-Died1834 - 1906
BirthplaceMassachusetts (MA)
RaceWhite
FatherFarmer / Rancher
Era - pre-1900

Field was one of the early pioneers in the retail industry. Moving to Chicago when it was still a vastly unsettled western outpost, Field built one of the largest department stores in the world. His department stores included innovations such as displayed price tags, open return policies, in-store restaurants, free gift wrapping, and vibrant window displays. Field purchased items from around the world to bring cosmopolitan luxuries to his prime target audience the growing middle class in the Midwest.