Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring, 2009 Page: 5
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In 1874, E. M. Kahn moved his men's clothing store to the corner of Elm and Lamar, where it remained for nearly
to place price tags on merchandise instead of
haggling over prices, a practice adopted by all the
stores that opened later. After two and a half years
on Main Street, Kahn moved his store to the
corner of Elm and Lamar, where it remained for
nearly a century. By November 1885, an adver-
tisement in The Dallas Morning News described
E. M. Kahn's as "Clothiers, Furnishers and
Hatters" for "Men and Youths," while the Dallas
Daily Herald reported, "nothing but first class
goods are handled.6 Kahn recognized that the
Texas climate and the standard fourteen to fif-
teen-ounce fabric of men's suits were not com-
patible. Consequently, he stocked men's suits
made of eleven-ounce fabric and the light
weight version caught on with local men, who
were also accustomed.to leaving their vests off
when the temperature soared. The new, lighter
weight suits had comparable vests, and the vest-
ed suit was adopted locally by those wishing to
be considered well dressed.7
It took Kahn's sixty-five years to add a
women's shop-the year was 1936-the same
year the store installed a "magic water fountain"
on the first floor that used a photo electric cell
to trigger the fountain when a thirsty customer
leaned over it. It was the first one in the
Southwest, and typical of the sorts of innovations
such as telephones, escalators, air conditioning,
and pneumatic tubes for speeding the comple-
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