Martin exhibit
November 21, 2015 - March 6, 2016


When Quality Was Higher than Price: Martin's, Davidson's and Pelletier's featured the history of the three prominent local department stores. What began in the late 1800s as small dry good stores became local institutions as ready-to-wear clothing and manufactured goods grew in popularity. Because no other city in Iowa had larger department stores with a wider array of merchandise, the three stores made Sioux City a true regional destination.


Attire from each decade from the 1880s-1940s are showcased along with more than 250 rotating images. The exhibit was made possible with funding from the M.A. Martin Everist Foundation, a long-time supporter of the Sioux City Public Museum. The Sioux City Art Center offered a companion exhibit, From the Store Window to the Gallery: The Legacy of T.S. Martin.

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 600 Over  700 F1880  800 F1890  900 F1890
 1000 F1920  1100 F1920  1200 F1930  1300 F1940
 1400 C1  1500 C2  1600 C3  1700 C4-min
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