Last week I printed a 1907 picture of the Warwick-Barrett & Shipley department store at the intersection of Hale and Quarrier streets, and now we have the very rare chance to see the interior of the first Charleston Department store over a century ago!
The building still stands, and I expect those posts are visible -- usually made of cast iron.
Note the long row of stools -- not unlike bar stools. Obviously shopping must have been enjoyable as the ladies passed the time of day with the clerks who might be showing them the latest item from New York.
As you contemplate this photo, consider that there would be no odor of plastic. Instead, the aroma of cloth and leather and wood would be pleasant and delightful.
Don't forget the squeaky floors that were a standard part of old-time stores.