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Early view of Macy’s and Herald Square in New York.

On a crisp October day in 1857 R.H. Macy opened his store in New York City. He racked up sales that day of $11.06, and two years later his sales totaled $85,000 for the year. Santa made his first in-store appearance at Macy’s in 1870. In 1902, a new Flagship Store was opened at the current location at Herald Square.


Early nighttime view of a window display at Macy’s.

Early view of Macy’s on Broadway.


View of Macy’s on Broadway, circa 1905.

“It’s Smart to be Thrifty at Macy’s.”

The beautiful interior of Macy’s, the world’s largest store.

Macy’s Corner Antique Shop.


Payment with cash at Macy’s could get you a discount. To the left you can see Saks on 34th Street.


Macy’s used White Trucks to make deliveries.

Macy’s has organized the Thanksgiving Day Parade for over 75 years.

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