In 1822, Rowland Hussey Macy was born on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. At the age of 15 he hired on at the whaling ship Emily Morgan. As sailors often got tattoos, and still do today, Rowland had a red star tattooed on his hand. After he left whaling at age 21, between 1843 and 1855, he opened four retail dry goods stores to serve the mill industry employees of the Haverhill, Massachusetts area. All those stores failed, but he learned from his mistakes.
In 1858 he moved to New York City and established a new store named R.H Macy Dry Goods at Sixth Avenue on the corner of 14th Street in Manhattan. On the first day of business, his sales totaled $11.08.
The tattoo on his hand became the logo of his company.
2 thoughts on “The Birth of a Logo”
I think the origin of Controltec’s logo would be an interesting blog, for those who don’t recognize it.
Yes, except we just discussed that we want to change it, and an effort to rebrand all our products….
The timing of your comment is impeccable.