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Monday, August 22, 2011


When I hear the word "Macy's" this is what comes to mind. A retail store that is rather expensive and where I don't shop so you can imagine my surprise when after seeing this picture
On Daily Photo Stream  to discover that this portrays Ida Straus, wife of Isidor Straus and co-owner of Macy's. They both perished on the Titanic on April 14, 1912 when Ida refused to leave her husband and the officer filling up the boat told Isidor that he could get into the boat with his wife, but he refused and instead sent his wife's maid, Ellen Bird, into the boat. Ida was quoted as saying "I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die together. Isidor and Ida were last seen on deck sitting in the deck chairs holding hands when a huge wave washed them into the sea.

They are portrayed in the 1958 film "A night to remember".

A memorial plaque can be seen on the main floor of Macy's Department store in Manhattan.

New Hork City Public School in Manhattan is named in memory of Isidor and Ida Staus.

The Isidor and Ida Straus Memorial above is located in Straus Park at the intersection of Broadway and West End Avenue at W. 106th Street (Duke Ellington Boulevard) in Manhattan.

who would have guessed such a love story could be found at Macy's.


TexWisGirl said...

wow. had no idea. thanks for sharing...

Flora said...

Oh my goodness! What a story!!

Chatty Crone said...

Not me - that was fantastic - I LOVED this story. I love Macy's - can't afford it anymore - but what a story!

Lady Di Tn said...

Now that is a love story. When I think of Macy's, I think of the Macy's Christmas parade and the move "Miracle on 34th Street." Thanks for giving me some other facts about the store. I like to shop the SALE racks at Macy's.Peace

Granny Annie said...

If there is a story to be found, we can count on you to find it.

Dawn said...

That is so amazing! Isn't it interesting how we think one thing...and then when you find the story behind it- our opinions shift?
I love this story....and it makes me like Macy's a bit more too;))
(Although....I only get to shop at them when I visit the states:))

JeanMac said...

I have always loved Macy's and this is just a lovely story.