Macys Petite Department Has A Very Interesting and Colorful Background!
Macy's first store was built in 1858 by Rowlan Hussey Macy, but did not include Macys petite department until much later. The first store was named "R.H. Macy & Company" in New York City.
Macy's - A Colorful History
From the very beginning the star logo has always been included in the logo.
The star comes from a tattoo that R.H. Macy had as a teenager when he worked on a Nantucket whaling ship.
So in 1875 he took on partners to grow his business but he died just two year later in 1877 from Bright's disease.
The store was then acquired by Isidor Straus and his brother Nathan Strous who already had licenses to sell china in the store.
But on April 14, 1912 Isidor Straus died in the sinking of the Titanic.
That original store in New York City's Herald Square at 34th & Broadway has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been marching with their gigantic floats down Broadway since 1924.
Originally for the immigrant employees to celebrate their new American Heritage!
The store adapted to the times well and in the years of the Great Depression (the last one, not this one) they implemented many "firsts" such as:
In 1939 the new president realized that Thanksgiving would fall on the last day of November, thus giving fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Mr. Lazarus, Macy's president suggests to President Roosevelt that in the future Thanksgiving should permanently fall on the fourth Thursday of Nov. Within two years Congress passes it into law.
Macy's Petite Department
Macy's Black Friday
Huge crowds + huge sales. Their doors open at 5:00 a.m! Must wear comfortable shoes and not be afraid of the crowds.
For one of the biggest shopping days of the year Macy's Black Friday event is not for the timid. Get all the information & a little history of the event too.
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