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MG-302
BOWMAN'S DEPARTMENT STORE RECORDS
1880-1969
2.5 cubic feet


Bowman's Department Store, formerly H.H. Bowman and Co., Inc., was located at 314-318 Market Street in Harrisburg and was a retail merchandise outlet from 1871 to 1969. The store was originally founded as a dry goods store at Front and Market Streets in Harrisburg by John K. Bowman (1848-1925) of Cumberland County who was said to deliver his goods in a wheelbarrow. Subsequent expansions and relocations placed the store at 331 Market Street and then at 233 Market Street. Married to Emma R. Hostetter in 1872, Bowman had four children, of whom J. William and Henry H. became business partners and continued to operate the store after their father's death. The store had a very active association of workers who participated in sports teams, picnics, and parties and corresponded regularly with store employees who fought in the First World War. The collection includes day books, 1879-1903; ledgers, 1880-1910; and sales records, bank deposits, and expense and inventory records, 1941-1969. Also found are business correspondence, materials relating to the store's 1921 golden jubilee, store floor plans, advertisements, sketches, and photographs.



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