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Macy's: 1940

Macy's: 1940

Undated, probably early 1940s photo of the shipping department at Macy's in New York. Reverse says "Wide World Photo." View full size.

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I spent a great deal of my life in shipping and receiving, yet can't quite get my mind around the activity here. A real puzzle and will enjoy sitting and looking at it to try to figure it out. The game is afoot.

[They're making shipping labels. - Dave]

Boxing Day

You just know some poor soul has to pick up all of that, and then resort.

James in Kitchener

What A Mess

How could they possibly manage a mess like that. The labels appear to be on the packages, or does she label them and then toss them on the pile. I guess the next person then sorts them so they can be put into delivery areas. Somehow they got them delivered.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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