Lackawanna County’s Collection Of Globe Store Memorabilia Growing

November 30, 2018

SCRANTON — Credit cards, coloring books, hatboxes, furs and even a pool skimmer bearing the iconic Globe store brand lined a table Thursday inside Lackawanna County’s Adams Avenue administration building.

Tokens of a time when department stores were king, the items — purchased at the Globe decades ago and donated in recent months by residents helping to preserve the mercantile history of the Wyoming Avenue landmark — will soon grace a display on the building’s first floor.

As the county prepares to move its government offices into the Globe building in the coming weeks, officials described the display as an homage to the indelible mark the former retail hub left on the Electric City and the people who patronized it.

“I think these memories actually stand alone as a testament to what the Globe was and what it meant to everybody,” Commissioner Patrick O’Malley said, noting his own grandmother worked for more than three decades in the shoe department at the Globe. “It was a great time, and people still want that.”

While the Globe store itself is long gone, its history lives on in the roughly 50 pieces of memorabilia the county has collected so far. That collection includes three plush Rudi bears, books from the store’s rental library, a Globe lipstick box and a coffee mug from the original Charl-Mont restaurant.

The memorabilia display isn’t the only element of the county’s new government center likely to evoke Globe nostalgia. The county still seeks an operator to run a new, albeit scaled-down version of the Charl-Mont at the Globe, and will hold a largely outdoor winter market on Wyoming Avenue from Dec. 7-9 — giving youngsters a chance to get a picture with Santa at the former department store.

Officials said the county will likely start physically relocating departments to the Globe building around Dec. 14.

“I see all of Lackawanna County government being in the Globe by the end of December,” O’Malley said. “At the worst, probably the second week of January.”

That doesn’t mean the county is done collecting memorabilia, however. Plans are for the Globe items in the display to be rotated out periodically and replaced with other pieces, Assistant Chief of Staff Fran Pantuso said.

“Who doesn’t love to take a look back?” Pantuso asked. “Everybody. From your childhood to when you were growing up, it’s like an old familiar song.”

Anyone wishing to donate Globe store materials should call the county at 570-963-6800.

Contact the writer: jhorvath@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT on Twitter

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