L.S. Ayres scrapbook
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Colonial Williamsburg is an educational institution, living-history museum, and historical landmark located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Today's Colonial Williamsburg is centered on the restored and reconstructed buildings of 18th century Williamsburg when was it the capitol of the colony of Virginia. Its restoration began in the 1920s and was spearheaded by Reverend William Archer Rutherfoord Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller Jr. Significant buildings in the historic site include the reconstructed Governor's Palace and Raleigh Tavern as well as several original structures such as the Courthouse, the George Wythe House, and the Peyton Randolph House.
L.S. Ayres and Company was an Indiana department store founded by Lyman S. Ayres in 1872 and dissolved in 2006. Its flagship store in downtown Indianapolis opened in 1905. L.S. Ayres carried a full line of quality merchandise including home goods, kitchen wares, and toys but it was most known for its women's fashions, Tea Room, and seasonal displays. Beginning in the 1950s, L.S. Ayres followed their customer base as they left the city for the suburbs by opening stores in Indianapolis neighborhoods and additional cities throughout the state. In 1961, L.S. Ayres opened its first Ayr-Way, a discount version of the traditional department store. In 1986, several branches of Ayres were closed when The May Company acquired the department store. In 2006, L.S. Ayres and Company was formally dissolved when it was acquired by Macy's Midwest division.
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Watkins, Charles Alan. "The Tea Table’s Tale: Authenticity and Colonial Williamsburg’s Early Furniture Reproduction Program." West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 21, no. 2 (2014): 155-91.
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