Beatrice Fox Auerbach was born on July 7, 1887, which means today is her 120th birthday!
I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of an appropriate (and fun!) way to commemorate the occasion. I started wondering how she had celebrated her birthdays and realized that the collection doesn’t really offer any glimpses into that aspect of her life. I can tell you how her father, Moses, spent his birthdays (at least those towards the end of his life) because, as a leader in the Hartford business world, his birthdays were considered important enough to be written up in the newspapers. But times had changed by the time Mrs. Auerbach was president of G. Fox & Co. and events like birthdays were no longer considered newsworthy.
On the other hand, I know that her employees marked the occasion of her birthday by bestowing gifts (often handmade) upon her. In fact, we have a few of the items they created in our collection. Some of the gifts the G. Fox employees made are really quite neat. My favorite is a hand-drawn “storybook” that tells the tale of how Mrs. Auerbach became president of G. Fox & Co.
In the absence of any brilliant ideas on my part, I have decided to commemorate the occasion with a small pictorial tribute. I hope that, despite her aversion to personal publicity, Mrs. Auerbach would approve.
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Auerbach!
This photograph shows Mrs. Auerbach as she is perhaps best remembered.
In this photograph, probably taken on one of the family’s many cruises, Beatrice Fox is on the far right. Her parents, Theresa and Moses, are on her right and her sister, Fannie, is sitting in the foreground.
This last photograph is actually the front cover of Mrs. Auerbach’s 1966 Christmas card, which shows her surrounded by her entire family, including all 12 grandchildren!