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Broadway, A.T. Stewart Dry Goods Store
1896 photo-mechanical color reproduction of an engraving
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Flat faux leather bookmark with orange printed decoration of lowers above image of Trylon and Perisphere and inscription "WORLD'S FAIR 1939"; fringed lower edge.
Irma Rappaport (born 1914), a Hunter College graduate working as a secretary during the depression years, acquired this World's Fair bookmark while she was employed by the Exposition Souvenir Company. Acquiring the exclusive right to sell "novelties" on the fair grounds at Flushing Meadows, the company maintained eighty stands there and employed 325 workers, each day selling about $7,000 worth of merchandise, ranging from penny (three for five) postcards to $5.00 clocks. Mrs. Rappaport served as executive secretary to Mr. I. B. Ury, w ho ran the day-to-affairs of the business, which was owned by her uncle, Louis Katz. A veteran of the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition held in Chicago, Mr. Ury relied upon Mrs. Rappaport for composing his correspondence, handling telephone communications, and other activities that called for skills that differed from his merchandising expertise in the company's corporate offices at Forty-third Avenue and Ninety-seventh Place in Corona.
Gift of Irma R. Rappaport and Linda S. Ferber in memory of Bernard Rappaport
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