Sunday, October 28, 2012
Macy’s celebrates another year: Happy 154th to Macy’s
~~ Harpo Marx
(Nov. 23, 1888 – Sept. 28, 1964)American comedian, film star and second-oldest Marx brother
One of the most popular department stores around is still described by many as being the “largest store in the world,” (however South Korea has a store 2X the size).
Macys has a history of traditions and culture including being featured in the 1947 movie "Miracle on 34th Street," sponsorship of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City since 1924, and also sponsoring New York City's annual Fourth of July fireworks display since 1976.
Rowland Hussey Macy between 1843 and 1855, four retail dry goods stores were opened, including the original Macy's store in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts, (established in 1851) to serve the mill industry employees of the area.
All four Macy’s stores would fail, but Macy would learn from his mistakes.
He moved to New York City in 1858 and established a new store named "R.H. Macy Dry Goods" on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th Street.
He strategically positioned the location to be far north of where the other dry goods stores were at the time.
Born in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, as a teenager, Macy worked on the whaling ship, the Emily Morgan.
While working on this ship, at the age of 15, Macy decided to get a red star tattooed on his hand. Little did anyone know that he would carry this star theme with him and incorporate it on all of Macy's emblems and logos.
Still touted as the most popular department store in the world, Macy's biggest asset is its brand.
The vision of Macy and his little red star tattoo on his hand as a 15 year old is a testament of how far imaginations and dreams can go. Below is a collage of some of the many Macy's logos and themes over the years that incorporate the star:
► The Department Store Museum
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