Rose Syracuse went to work at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square when she was nineteen years old, and she stayed there until she retired. That’s unusual enough to us today, but that’s before you learn how long she worked there. She began work at the department store in 1939. She retired earlier this week at age 92 after a 73-year career behind the scenes.
Many of the jobs that she’s performed have long since become obsolete. Before the invention of the credit card, customers would deposit their money in Macy’s accounts, then use their accounts to make purchases. She later worked in mail-order, taking catalog orders over the phone.