Black Friday was first mentioned in It was used to describe people calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving. After securing the sick day people would hit the shops to get a head start on the Christmas shopping. Pennsylvania policemen also used the phrase to describe the traffic jams, illegal activity and general chaos in the aftermath of Thanksgiving. While this all sounds negative, the term was firmly positive for retailers.
The Friday after Thanksgiving was actually one of the most profitable for them. Just as they still do today, accountants used black to show profit gain when recording each day in their account book, while red was a sign of a loss. It was first associated with manic queues and crowded shopping centres, with fights airing on the news, whereas now the high street rush seems to have died down in favour of us madly clicking away online.
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