William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 27, November, 2009

Black Friday

Filed under: Bleg,History,In Memoriam — williamthecoroner @ 12:27

Evidently, the term “Black Friday” was coined by the Philadelphia Police Department, who had to contend with the general mess of Philly drivers and people going downtown to shop AND the Army-Navy game one year.

I used to enjoy going downtown Christmas shopping. On the rapid, down to Higbee’s in the Central Union Terminal. To the stamp counter on the fourth floor. Toys and fabric also on 4. The wooden escalators. The really odd gift shop on the sixth floor. Lunch at the Silver Grille. Across the street to May’s. They were you went to get underwear. Morrow’s Nut House putting the scent of roasting nuts out on to Public Square. Going further afield, Halle’s, with the Geranium room and the seventh floor toyland. Wandering through the Old Arcade on the way back–and needing to stop for a snack, as it had been a long day. I always wanted an office in the Arcade when I grew up.

Halle’s, May’s and Higbee’s are no more. The Arcade is a Hyatt hotel. I saw people camping out in front of a Best Buy at 1900 hours last night. I really did not understand why. This Friday, I’ve got a cat and tea and an Andrew Vachss book–and I’m warm and indoors. For my holiday shopping needs, I’ve already been to Loganberry Books and the Potters of Halcyon. You can see their stuff (with amazing posthumous testimonials) on their blog, and the potters have an Etsy site as well. You can shop and never leave your ischeal tuberosities. That is very useful in these busy times.


  1. I don’t think there’s enough money in the world to get me into a shopping mall between now and February.

    Comment by Shay — Friday, 27, November, 2009 @ 13:47 | Reply

  2. I actually worked in the biggest mall in the region on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening (and my wife went shopping all morning). Friday was a good business day, but Casey said that the traffic and mall weren’t as busy & packed as usual. That’s a trend I’ve been noticing during the holiday season over the past couple years, but maybe it’s also a disturbing, lingering sign of the economy (though she did say the large chain stores like Bulls-eye and Preferred Purchase (electronics) were very busy). Saturday was disturbingly slow, at least at our store.

    Happy start of the Holidays!

    Comment by mholzmann — Sunday, 29, November, 2009 @ 20:30 | Reply

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