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!



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