Two things you and I clearly need are a time machine and a “backstage pass” to everything. But the next best thing of course, is the internet and all its wonders, such as one of my favorite places to fish, the LIFE Archives. Today we go behind the staff only doors of the iconic Macy’s department store circa 1948…
Macy’s department store employee Janet Steurer plowing through a pile of costume pearl necklaces that she will sell today.
Macy’s department store photographers working on their next photo shoot.
Macy’s department store employees working in the Shopping Service department assembling this order for a customer in Iceland.
Macy’s department store detectives posing for a picture with their backs turned so as not to reveal their identity.
Macy’s department store employee Janet Steurer (C) looking for a place to sit in the store’s cafeteria.
Macy’s department store employees of the Bureau of Standards testing new merchandise for quality and safety.
Toy buyer for Macy’s department store Dan Tate (R) deciding about a milk carton train set.
Macy’s department store employee cleaning up piles of debris after the Christmas shopping rush.
Macy’s department store employee changing the bulletin board’s list price as a result of comparison shopping.
Macy’s department store employee Mike Reynolds clearing the package chute with his body.