Vintage: Christmas Shopping in the past

Vintage: Christmas Shopping in the past

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“Christmas creep” refers to a merchandising phenomenon in which merchants and retailers exploit the commercialized status of Christmas by moving up the start of the holiday shopping season. The term was first used in the mid-1980s, and is associated with a desire of merchants to take advantage of particularly heavy Christmas-related shopping well before Black Friday in the United States and before Halloween in Canada.

The term is not used in the UK and Ireland, where retailers call Christmas the “golden quarter”, that is, the three months of October through December is the quarter of the year in which the retail industry hopes to make the most profit. It can apply for other holidays as well, notably Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day.

Boy looking at Xmas toys in shop window

Boy looking at Xmas toys in shop window

Children looking at Xmas toys in shop window

Children looking at Xmas toys in shop window

Christmas shoppers on Sixth Avenue, New York, ca 1905

Christmas shoppers on Sixth Avenue, New York, ca 1905

Christmas shoppers, window shopping, New York

Christmas shoppers, window shopping, New York

NO ELEPHANT TOYS FOR FIRST LADY. MRS. ROOSEVELT, ON A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TOUR, HAD A HARD TIME CONVINCING SANTA CLAUS THAT SHE DID NOT WANT A TOY ELEPHANT, A SYMBOL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT. SHE IS SHOWN HERE INSPECTING AN ASSORTMENT OF TOYS AT A WASHINGTON, D.C. DEPARTMENT STORE FRIDAY , 1934

NO ELEPHANT TOYS FOR FIRST LADY. MRS. ROOSEVELT, ON A CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TOUR, HAD A HARD TIME CONVINCING SANTA CLAUS THAT SHE DID NOT WANT A TOY ELEPHANT, A SYMBOL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT. SHE IS SHOWN HERE INSPECTING AN ASSORTMENT OF TOYS AT A WASHINGTON, D.C. DEPARTMENT STORE FRIDAY , 1934

Wife of Secretary of War and daughter [...] Christmas shopping at Walter Reed. Mrs. Dwight F. Davis, wife of the Secretary of War and her debutante daughter Alice (right) did [...] their Christmas shopping at Walter Reed General [...] today where they purchased a made by the disabled veterans confined there. In this photograph Miss Montgom[...] one of the nurses is showing her distinguished customers a beautiful blanket, 1927.

Wife of Secretary of War and daughter […] Christmas shopping at Walter Reed. Mrs. Dwight F. Davis, wife of the Secretary of War and her debutante daughter Alice (right) did […] their Christmas shopping at Walter Reed General […] today where they purchased a made by the disabled veterans confined there. In this photograph Miss Montgom[…] one of the nurses is showing her distinguished customers a beautiful blanket, 1927.

Christmas shoppers on street, New York

Christmas shoppers on street, New York

MRS. ROOSEVELT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, 1935

MRS. ROOSEVELT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, 1935

6th Ave., Xmas shoppers, New York, ca 1910

6th Ave., Xmas shoppers, New York, ca 1910

Woman and young boy looking at window of shop where Xmas toys are displayed

Woman and young boy looking at window of shop where Xmas toys are displayed

Xmas shoppers, ca. 1910

Xmas shoppers, ca. 1910

Xmas shoppers, New York

Xmas shoppers, New York

Xmas shoppers, New York

Xmas shoppers, New York


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