The “Real” Macy’s


My daughter works at “a” Macy’s in our local area, but a trip to NYC meant a shopping trip to the “real” Macy’s. R.H. (Rowland Hussey) Macy founded the business in 1857, but the building at Herald Square was not constructed until after his death. Macy’s star logo is derived from a tattoo that Macy got as a teenager when he worked on a Nantucket whaling ship. Owners of Macy’s in the 1930’s convinced the President Franklin Roosevelt to change Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday, to extend the Christmas shopping season.

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