|Macy's Department Store, New York City, 1907|
|James Cash Penney|
|Samuel H. Kress|
|L-R: Adam, Frederic and Bernard Gimbel|
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statue they obtained from the Hearst's.
Adam L Gimbel (1893-1969) Frederic Gimbel (1892-1996) and Bernard Gimbel (1885-1966)---The idea of a department-store parade originated in 1920 with Gimbels Department Store in Philadelphia. Macy's did not start a parade until 1924. Brothers are the sons of founder Adam Gimbel (1817-1896). Saks Fifth Avenue was also one of their early
|Aaron Montgomery Ward|
|Richard Warren Sears|
Richard Warren Sears--(1863-1914)—In 1886, Sears founded the R. W. Sears Watch Company. He began placing advertisements in farm publications and mailing flyers to potential clients. From the beginning, it was clear that Sears had a talent for writing promotional copy. He took the personal approach in his ads, speaking directly to rural and small-town communities, persuading them to purchase by mail-order. Sears used his watch company merchandising/marketing acumen to launch Sears Roebuck.
|Alvah Curtis Roebuck|
Alvah Curtis Roebuck--(1864-1948)-- At Richard Sears' request, he took charge of a division that handled watches, jewelry, optical goods, and, later, phonographs, magic lanterns and motion picture machines. His business interests did not end with Sears. He later organized and financed two companies: a manufacturer and a distributor of motion picture machines and accessories. Roebuck also served as president (1909–1924) of Emerson Typewriter Company, where he invented an improved typewriter, called the "Woodstock.
|Eben Dyer Jordan|
Eben Dyer Jordan—(1822-1895)-- In 1841, Jordan left his job at a Boston dry goods store and went into business for himself laying the foundation for the first Jordan Marsh. Ten years later, Jordan partnered with Boston merchant Benjamin L. Marsh.
Andrew Saks—(1839-1912)-- Andrew Saks established a successful clothing business in 1867, and opened a store in New York on 34th Street in 1902 as Saks & Company. Andrew Saks ran the New York store as a family affair. After Andrew passed way his son Horace merged Saks & Company. with Gimbel Brothers, Inc., in 1923. On September 15, 1924, Horace Saks and Bernard Gimbel opened Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC.
Lyman Gustav Bloomingdale—(1841-1905)-- American businessman who in April 1872, with his brother Joseph, founded Bloomingdales Department Store on 56th Street in New York City.
Bergdorf Goodman--Edwin Goodman, a young 23-year old merchant, based in Lockport, New York, moved to New York City to work as an apprentice for Harry Bergdorf. Within two years, Goodman had raised enough money to purchase an interest in the business, which was renamed Bergdorf Goodman in 1901. In 1906, Bergdorf Goodman moved to a new location on 32nd Street, just west of Fifth Avenue and "Ladies' Mile". While Bergdorf preferred the less expensive side street location, Goodman prevailed with the new location and bought out Bergdorf's interest in the company. Bergdorf would retire to Paris.
Note: The photo of the Gimbel Bros. was taken in 1940. The other photos were taken much closer to 1900 or before when the moustache ruled.