The history of Black Friday

CNN (11/21/2018)
  • Many believe that Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) has always referred to the red or black ink on retailers balance sheets.
  • However, the term was initially coined in the 1950s by Philadelphia police officers.
  • “Traffic cops were required to work 12-hour shifts, no one could take off and people would flood the sidewalks”.
  • City merchants then adopted the term to describe shopping mayhem.
  • In the early 1960s, Black Friday was temporarily rebranded as Big Friday but retailers quickly switched back (didn’t catch on).