F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime

F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime

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For more than a century, Woolworth's five and dime stores represented Americana, mirroring the country's growth, its good times and bad, its foibles and its fads. The chain was founded by Frank W. Woolworth, who in 1879 established two stores--one in Utica, New York, which failed and was closed down, and another in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which succeeded and marked the beginning of the legacy of the Woolworth's Five and Tens. This work is a full account of the chain, its rags-to-riches founder, Frank W. Woolworth, and his flamboyant and tragic descendants. It traces the important role that Woolworth stores played in the sit-down strikes of the 1930s, the lunch counter sit-ins that began in Greensboro, North Carolina, as part of the Civil Rights movement (which tainted Woolworth's as the Big Business enemy of the downtrodden), and the gradual disintegration of the five and tens during the 1980s and early 1990s. The dramatic story is enhanced with important photos featuring such events as the closing of a Woolworth's in Germany by Nazi soldiers and the Greensboro sit-in as well as archival photos from Woolworth's 40th, 50th, and 60th anniversary booklets.After they had enjoyed sight seeing in London, Frank left his family in their London hotel while he went on a business trip to Stokes-on-Trent. Afterwards ... ( John Compton Collection) A a€œWinter Wonderlanda€ show window is pictured in an early.

Title:F.W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime
Author:Jean Maddern Pitrone
Publisher:McFarland - 2003-03-12


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