[Ads-l] Black Friday in Rochester, NY, 1961

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 1 15:18:55 UTC 2014

Is it generally assumed that a *negative* version of Black Friday (as below) is a spinoff of other even worse Black Xdays, in particular referring to the stock market crash in October 1929?  Turns out that one was more complicated than I'd remembered (but of course I was very young then); according to Wikipedia, the "Black Monday" I was thinking of (Oct. 28) was preceded by Black Thursday and followed by Black Tuesday:

The terms Black Monday and Black Tuesday are also applied to October 28 and 29, 1929, which occurred after Black Thursday on October 24, which started the Stock Market Crash of 1929.

I only vaguely remember "Black Monday" being applied to son-of-stock-market-crash in October 1987, well after Black Friday came to be: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Monday_(1987).


On Dec 1, 2014, at 10:06 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> At 11/30/2014 09:01 PM, Dave Hause wrote:
>> Because they have to deal with the horrible traffic jams.  Idiocy doesn't
>> wait until they (drivers/shoppers) get into the stores.
> As is explicitly stated in the 1 December 1961, Shortsville-Manchester Enterprise (Shortsville, NY) item that Barry sent Ben.  And at least these days, they may have to deal with traffic jams and brawls near store entrances.
> From the outside, one might think that the origin of "Black Friday" was in a perfect storm -- traffic jams, bus strike in Shortsville, busy shopping day, emplyes protesting they weren't given a day off -- and all requiring police attention.
> Joel
>> Dave Hause
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Christopher Philippo" <toff at MAC.COM>
>> Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 3:44 PM
>> Subject: Re: Black Friday in Rochester, NY, 1961
>> I understand why retailers would call it Black Friday.  Why would the police
>> call it that?
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