Newark’s No. 1 Philanthropist

Louis Bamberger, founder of one of the country’s first and largest department stories and co-founder with his sister Carrie of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Studies, was born in Baltimore on this date in 1855. Bamberger founded his store in Newark in 1892, and by 1912 he had turned it into a glamorous, block-square, 14-story enterprise […]

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November 27: The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Macy’s acquired the Thanksgiving Day Parade launched by Bamberger’s Department Store in Newark in 1921 and transferred it to New York on this date in 1924, calling it the Macy’s Christmas Parade. (Macy’s would buy Louis Bamberger’s whole business five years later, though they preserved the store’s name.) Gimbel’s, a key competitor to Macy’s, had […]

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April 15: “Where You Go, I Go”

Among those who perished when the ocean liner Titanic sank on this date in 1912 were Ida and Isidor Straus, co-owners with Nathan Straus of Macy’s and Abraham & Straus department stores. Ida (born 1849) was offered a place on a lifeboat but refused it, saying to her husband, “We have lived together for many […]

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March 27: The Boycott

On this date in 1933, anti-Nazi rallies were held in 76 American cities and towns. In New York City, a crowd of 55,000 filled Madison Square Garden and the streets surrounding it, and the event was broadcast on the radio worldwide. These protests were organized chiefly by the American Jewish Congress and the Jewish War […]

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