The way that we shop today is quite different from the past. Companies like Amazon have completely revolutionized the shopping experience. Instead of driving down to the mall and standing in ridiculously long lines, you can now order all of your Christmas gifts from the comfort of your own home right off of your smartphone.

However, the idea of a mall or department store was actually quite revolutionary in its heyday. Before the late 18th century, most stores specialized in just one thing. But then Harding, Howell & Co’s Grand Fashionable Magazine opened in London in 1796, and they sold everything from hats to jewelry to clothing all in different sections of the same store. It was the beginning of the department store shopping craze and the world never looked back.

Check out this list of 20 fascinating vintage photos of old department stores and be sure to share it with a friend!