A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 07, 2004
“Does Macy’s tell Gimbel’s?”
Macy's is the World's Largest Store, at 34th Street and Herald Square. Across the street on 34th Street was once a rival store called Gimbel's.

"Does Macy's tell Gimbel's" means "does one rival business share its secrets with another?" The saying probably was first made popular in the 1930s.



21 January 1941, Washington Post, pg. 22:
THE "Does Macy's tell Gimbel's?" gag has been a standard one in New York for many years. It was somewhat shattered last night at the Copacabana, when two young couples were seated at a ringside table and conversed at great length. . . ."Well, Macy's may not tell Gimbel's," said one of the young men, "But Bloomingdale's does."

5 June 1944, Chicago Daily Tribune, pg. 12:
"Would Macy's tell Gimbel's if they snagged a lemon?" snapped Jack.

11 January 1946, New York Times, pg. 24:
In other words the older circuit will give the Johnny-come-lately as little help and comfort as it can. After all, does Macy's tell Gimbel's?

5 June 1947, New York Times, pg. 32:
As a lesson in merchandising not only store products but good-will this "Miracle on 34th Street" is a dandy. Does Macy's tell Gimbel's? It should!

Posted by Barry Popik
Work/Businesses • (1) Comments • Thursday, October 07, 2004 • Permalink


Gimbels was not located across 34th Street from Macy’s. (That was actually Saks 34th Street, which became an E.J. Korvette’s in 1965 and is now called the Herald Center.) Gimbel’s was located a block south on 33rd Street.

Posted by Harold Gershkowitz  on  06/04  at  08:39 AM

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