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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Nov 30 21:34:26 UTC 2014


Newspapers_com has an advert for a Black Friday sale on November 27,
1959. But when I put my cursor on the advert there is a message that
says B_taylorblake clipped it 7 minutes ago. So she will no doubt
report on it.
Garson

On Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Barry Popik forwarded this important "Black Friday" discovery to some
> of us off-list. It slightly predates the Public Relations News article
> about Philadelphia (from Dec. 18, 1961), and it indicates that police
> in at least one other city besides Philly were using the expression at
> the same time.
>
> Here's a link to the page image on the Fulton History site:
> http://bit.ly/1FItVRd
>
>
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> From: Barry Popik <bapopik at aol.com>
> Date: Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM
> Subject: Black Friday in Rochester, NY, 1961
> ...
> I've been looking at the Fulton Post Cards database, now with great
> stuff but a terrible search mechanism. The New York Morning Telegraph
> is partly digitized, and you can find "big apple" in 1922 and 1923. No
> 1921 or 1924 yet, apparently.
> ...
> I also looked at "Black Friday" and don't know if anyone has found this:
> ...
> ...
> 1 December 1961, Shortsville-Manchester Enterprise (Shortsville, NY),
> "Around and About," pg. 4, col. 2:
> Kathie Caulkin, our intrepid advertising manager, made a serious
> mistake in judgment last Friday. Took her three kids to Rochester on
> the day all city police call "Black Friday."
> ...
> Besides being the day after Thanksgiving -- thus one of the busiest
> shopping days in the year -- bus drivers were still on strike, adding
> to automotive traffic. Katie reports she waited through 13 changes of
> a single traffic light -- then had to back up to get into the parking
> garage. "I didn't care if I crumpled fifty fenders at that point,"
> Katie reports.
> ...
> ...
> Barry Popik
> Goshen, NY
> www.barrypopik.com
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