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Trove of images from Kleinhans department store goes up for auction today

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An album of 250 photos featuring window displays from the former Kleinhans Co. department store on Lafayette Square is being put up for auction today in New York City. The album, which chronicles the work of a Buffalo window dresser between 1919 and 1926, includes photos of "a patriotic 'tableau vivant' honoring WWI injured vets, another pitching Buffalo as a vibrant business destination, others promoting consumer banking, and a Christmas tableaux," according to a release from Swann Auction Galleries.

The entire album, which focuses on one of Buffalo's most popular shopping destinations during the most economically vibrant period in its history, is estimated to sell for between $5000 and $7,500. More photos from the album are after the jump.

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--Colin Dabkowski

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