The Macy’s Factor: Newspapers and Department Stores Once Thrived Together. Now?

In 1858, R.H. Macy, learning from his failed dry goods businesses in Massachusetts, opened R. H. Macy & Co. on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th streets in Manhattan. One year earlier, across the continent, the Sacramento Bee was born. One year later, Denver’s Rocky Mountain News started publishing. Within a decade, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Antonio Express-News each began rolling the presses.

It was a century-long marriage made in heaven, as start-up department stores and start-up newspapers fed each other, and both became wealthy.

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One thought on “The Macy’s Factor: Newspapers and Department Stores Once Thrived Together. Now?

  • June 13, 2016 at 10:19 am
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    Thus also began the antidemocratic control of the press and the formation of the ability to manufacture and control consent. The middle of the 20th century saw the use of the hypnotic effects of, the press, (TV), and subliminal hidden persuasion to sell toothpaste and wars.

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