Monday, September 24, 2012

Rike's Department Store 1853-1953

A very 50's looking postcard for the 100 anniversary of Rike's in Dayton, Ohio. By the late 1980's sections of the store were rented to other businesses and some floors formerly used for retail sales were totally abandoned. The store was closed in 1992 and stood more or less empty until the entire half-city block complex was demolished by implosion in 1999. You can watch that implosion here ! 


  1. I couldn't bring myself to watch it. The card is so lovely that I'd like to pretend it's still there.

    1. I think adding the demolition link was kind of a "guy-thing" :\

  2. How about the artwork? It's mid-century madness!!! Reminds me of the simplistic artwork that began appearing in cartoons from the era.