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    Default Vintage Photos of Game Stores/Departments

    Does anyone have, or know of a collection of, old photos of video game departments? I haven't been able to find much. This YouTube video is an example of what I'm looking for, but it's not all that interesting. Only shows one wall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_96wWKzkp4s

    I have a lot of memories, e.g., how Toys R Us used to have all their consoles in an aisle-long glass case at the edge of the store. Likewise, I can remember buying Game Boy games at Sears circa 1994. It would be really great to see some of this stuff again.

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    Very cool! Unfortunately, it's common retail store practice that photos and videos are not allowed to be taken of the stores. Including my employees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg2600 View Post
    Very cool! Unfortunately, it's common retail store practice that photos and videos are not allowed to be taken of the stores. Including my employees.
    Yeah, you're exactly right, and that doesn't help. Still, policies were probably laxer 20 years ago. I'm not expecting a massive find, but even a few contributions would be cool!

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    I was going to put up a video but it's the same one you posted.
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    I've been going nuts trying to find some too! Interestingly enough photos of department stores are a lot easier to find.
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    Some old Sears photos would be great, in the early 90's they had a great gaming department. Called Sears Funtronics or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intelli78 View Post
    Yeah, you're exactly right, and that doesn't help. Still, policies were probably laxer 20 years ago. I'm not expecting a massive find, but even a few contributions would be cool!
    Right, but everybody didn't have a camera in their pocket 20 years ago.

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    Here are a couple:


    And in a Japanese department store:

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    Love that first shot, could it be mre 80's? The Batman hat, the Alf shirt, the huge skateboard on the ground and of course a wall full of Power Pads.

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    There are many facebook pages devoted to old toy stores, including those and sites about the Lionel Playworld and Kiddie City stores.
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    Good stuff. I just came across this as well: http://www.ultimaaiera.com/wp-conten...-1992/gar6.jpg

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