Baby born in Macy’s department store, named Macy

Macy's in New York City (circa 1908)

In December of 1951, Mary Hertrich of Queens went into labor while shopping at the New York Macy’s.

“Salesgirls made frantic telephone calls to the medical department, and Dr. Julius Doppelt rushed down.”

Mary gave birth to a baby girl, and the baby was named Ann Macy. The store manager later became Ann’s godfather.

(Is anyone else surprised that Macy’s once had a sizable medical department?)


  • “Woman Interrupts Christmas Tour to Give Birth to Baby at Store.” St. Petersburg Times 12 Dec. 1951: 9.
  • “”The Store with the Mostest” Has a Bargain Night for Shoppers.” Sydney Morning Herald 28 Jul 1955: 8, Women’s Section.

Image: Macy’s, New York, N.Y. – LOC

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