After the turkey and stuffing are gone and you’ve taken a snooze on the couch, you’re energized to rise before the sun, pull on your parka, and stand in front of that big box store to get the best deal on that Christmas present for your nephew.
The Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start of the Christmas season ever since the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924. The tradition of Black Friday began in the 1960s. The term refers to businesses moving from the ‘red’ to ‘black’ in their accounts. Retailers realized that they drew large crowds with super sales on this day.
Which Rockford shops might you have visited one hundred years ago on Black Friday? Here is a small selection.
Department Stores were just as popular back then as they are today!
Nordstrom’s, c. 1871
Owned by Gust and Josephine Nordstrom
No connection to today’s national Nordstrom’s chain.
Henry F. Norris art goods store, 1920s
221 East State Street
DJ Stewart Department Store, 1958
113-117 South Main Street
Marie N. Freberg’s Exclusive Millinery, c. 1910
514 7th Street
Window shopping at its finest!
Swanson Millinery, c. 1909-1913
404 East State Street
J. Beale and Bro. Jewelry, c. 1900
406 East State Street
Looking for a sparkly rock or impressive timepiece for that special someone? Head over to Beale’s Jewelry!
Joe and Art Beale can find something he or she will love!
Blomberg and Swenson Bakery, 1883-1891
603 7th Street
No time to bake? Blomberg and Swenson will sell you delicious holiday treats!
Keigs Bakery, c. 1900-1910
405 State Street
Miss Ethel Shaw can help you pick out your Christmas cookies!
Midway Village Museum wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe and warm Black Friday!