80 years of holiday shopping in New York

We’ll be more crowded and less stressed, carrying more shopping bags and waiting for fewer deliveries.

This holiday shopping season is shaping up to be more personal than last year, but it’s not likely to be as serene as it was in the pre-Times. Shortened store hours, product shortages, Covid restrictions and safety concerns are expected to result in a holiday shopping experience unlike any in the eighty years or so recorded in these photos from the archives of the New York Times.

However, the challenges of the pandemic era don’t seem to stop us from spending this season: The National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales to hit a record this year. Americans are expected to spend between $843 billion and $859 billion in November and December, an increase of 10.5 percent from 2020.

Rho D’Angelo

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