Monatsarchiv für November 2011


Vintage 1939 Facts About Macy’s Booklet

We’ve been very lax about updating our blog lately, and we apologize. There are so many things we want to share with you . . . if only there were more hours in the day!

We just listed a bunch of vintage and antique booklets and catalogs but one of our favorites is this vintage 1939 booklet from one of the world’s most famous department stores: Macy’s.

Filled with photos and facts about the Macy’s of 70+ years ago. More or less a Q&A with questions such as:

  • How many selling floors are there in the store?
  • Did you ever count the different things you offer?
  • How many people work in Macy’s?
  • Where does Macy’s staff come from?
  • Are they college people?
  • Do Macy people ever get a vacation?
  • What about convalescence?

And so on.

Fun facts from this booklet:

  • Macy’s had 55 passenger elevators and 58 escalators.
  • They made their own electricity by diesel and steam-generator
  • The value of the goods in the store back then was about sixteen million dollars
  • They did not accept credit cards, but they did have what was called “Depositors’ Accounts.”
  • Macy’s had their own hospital on the 19th floor.

A fun look back at this enduring store. And my, how things have changed!