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The Howard & Barber Department Store was a pillar of the Valley's bustling retail trade from the day that it opened in 1884. Located at 268-270 Main Street, the building still stands today and the ghosts of many a shopper or staff member may still haunt its multiple stories. The building was torn down after this quiz was first posted. See more here, here and here.

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Ornate zinc ceilings graced many of the buildings along Main Street.

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The finely garbed gentlemen of the Valley beat a path to the Garment Room on the second floor.

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Valley children were found their way to Howard & Barber for special occasions including the 65th anniversary in 1949. Santa Claus' lap was particularly popular at holiday time - as several of our quiz entrants remembered their own experiences.

Correct answers were received from: Rick Dunne, Mary Lou Boroski, Marilyn Sheppard, Tom Carey, Edward Baclawski, Randy Ritter, Marsha Pettingill, Jack Skelding, Ann searles, Raymond Petrillo, Marc J. Garofalo, John Rak, David Lenart, Markanthony Izzo and  John Kelleher.

The information for this quiz came from "Images of America - Derby" edited and published by the Derby Historical Society in 1999. Click here to see how you can get your own copy.

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