Photos show the rise and fall of Black Friday

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  • Though Black Friday became one of the biggest and busiest shopping days of the year, it hasn’t always been that way.
  • Before it exploded into the national, post-Thanksgiving event we know today, it was reportedly a quirky tradition unique to Philadelphians.
  • And now, the holiday is experiencing more changes.
  • Here’s the evolution of Black Friday, from its 19th-century namesake to the dying shopping phenomenon it is today.

Black Friday has long been associated with turkey dinner and bargain-priced holiday shopping.

It’s turned into one of the most profitable days for retailers, who raked in $8 billion from Black Friday and Thanksgiving sales in 2017.

But it wasn’t always that way.

Here’s how Black Friday has evolved over the last two centuries.

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The day after Thanksgiving has long marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season, starting with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924.

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The behemoth retailer used the event as a living and breathing advertisement ahead of the holiday season.

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It helped cement the Friday after Thanksgiving as the ultimate holiday shopping day.

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