History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

18 December, 2011

Christmas Shoplifting

It's the time of year for lots of Christmas shopping... which may also mean lots of Christmas shoplifting! In today's post we have a series done by Life magazine in 1967, demonstrating all the ways this can be done. So, retail workers... watch out!



The main floor of Alexander's Department store at Christmastime, a sitting target. NYC, 1967 (same date and location for all the following). Source



The technique of slipping an item into a box. Source



Shoving stuff into your belt, under an open coat. Source



The technique of slipping items under your dress (classy). Source



Stuffing items under the dress. Source



Slipping jewellery into a coat with cutout pockets. Source



Slipping items into a cut-out book. Source



Slipping jewellery into cutout pockets. Source



Items under the dress [apparently this is the only way women do it]. Source



Slipping an item into a newspaper [I'm clearly of my generation, because I can't tell what those are, if not DVDs!]. Source



And, even if you manage to catch all this... there's still the post-shopper cleanup! Macy's, NYC, 1948. Source

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