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The Outlet Company Collection

Scope & content

This collection contains photographs and ephemera related to The Outlet Company. The photographs show the interior of the store, featuring merchandising cases, soda fountain/lunch counter, and restaurant. Exterior photos of the building and store are included as well, including demolition and construction of replacement or nearby structures. Several photos focus on the creation and celebratory opening of a “435 car self-parking” garage, called the Big O Garage.

Two ephemera pieces are in the collection as well; The Outlet Bulletin from March 1900 advertising for the store’s Grand Spring Opening and a poster-sized undated sale advertisement featuring headshots of the store’s merchandise buyers, which appears to have been distributed via the Providence Sunday Journal.