80 years of Christmas shopping in New York

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We will jostle more and click less, carry more shopping bags and wait for fewer deliveries.

This holiday shopping season is going to be more personal than last year, but it probably won’t be as hassle-free as it was in the Before Times. Shortened store hours, product shortages, Covid restrictions and security concerns are expected to make for a holiday shopping experience like never before in the roughly 80 years captured in these photos from the New York Times archives.

Still, these pandemic-era challenges don’t seem to stop us from spending this season: The National Retail Federation predicts that holiday retail sales will set an all-time high this year. Americans are expected to hand out between $843 billion and $859 billion in November and December, a staggering 10.5 percent more than in 2020.

Roe D’Angelo

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