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G. Fox & Co. Collection Highlights

June 20, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

In January, I began processing a collection of G. Fox & Co. materials, including both company records and family papers. It’s a rather large collection so once a week for the next several weeks, I’m going to be highlighting a different part. I’d like to begin this week, though, with a brief overview of the…
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G. Fox Oral History Project

June 27, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

One of my favorite parts of the G. Fox collection is the Oral History Project that is currently being completed by oral historians Bruce Stave and Sondra Astor Stave, pictured here. They have been interviewing former employees of G. Fox & Co. as well as some of the descendants of Beatrice Fox Auerbach. The final…
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Hartford’s “First Lady” and the First Lady of the World

July 4, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

In many articles I’ve read about Beatrice Fox Auerbach, she has been nicknamed Hartford’s “First Lady,” probably because of her positive impact on its community. For similar reasons, Eleanor Roosevelt has been dubbed the “First Lady of the World.” And between 1946 and 1962 these two “First Ladies” corresponded with one another. Their early correspondence…
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Happy Birthday, Beatrice!

July 7, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

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…
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Gerson puts the ‘G’ in G. Fox & Company

July 18, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

I would be remiss if I didn’t spend at least one entry talking about the man who started it all, Gerson Fox. I hope I don’t bore you by sharing a little of his history here before I talk about one of my favorite items in the entire collection, Gerson’s account book. Gerson Fox was…
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The Ephemeral Side of Fox’s

August 8, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Ephemeral is not generally a word that comes to mind when thinking about G. Fox & Co.; afterall the store was in operation until a few months after its 145 anniversary! Fox’s was a Hartford institution. And yet, despite the fact that the store was a fixture in downtown Hartford for such a long time…
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Moses Fox’s Household Expenses

August 15, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Beatrice Fox Auerbach’s father, Moses Fox, became president of G. Fox & Co. upon the death of his father, Gerson Fox. Like his father before him, Moses Fox was a pillar in the Hartford community. Very few materials concerning his private life have made it into our collection, probably because he was an extremely private…
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Connecticut Room Menus

September 12, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Archives are full of surprises and there’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding a hidden gem! While searching through the library’s ephemera collection to answer a reference question on an unrelated topic, a box of advertisements caught my eye because the label had G. Fox & Co. on it. Unbeknownst to me, the library…
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The Go-Getter, Fox’s Employee Newsletter

October 10, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

G. Fox & Co. published and distributed a weekly newsletter to G. Fox employees called the Go-Getter. While our collection does not contain a complete set of the newsletters, we do have quite a few of them. The first issue we have is Volume II, Number 16, dated July 14, 1933 and the last issue…
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Moses Fox Club

October 17, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Because last week I wrote about the employee newsletter, Go-Getter, I thought it appropriate to quote from one of the early Go-Getters regarding the founding of the Moses Fox Club. The following excerpt is from the February 9, 1940 edition of the Go-Getter. Moses Fox Club Formed at Annual Dinner for Twenty-Five Year Employees At…
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The “Scary” Side of the Store

October 31, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Happy Halloween, everybody! It looks like the G. Fox building once had a few bats in its belfry! (Not really, of course! Mrs. Auerbach wouldn’t stand for it!) Since there really isn’t anything Halloween-related in the G. Fox & Co. materials in our collection, I thought I would take this opportunity to write about the…
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Thanksgiving at Fox’s

November 29, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Thanksgiving is generally a time for reflecting, with a sense of gratefulness, upon the good in life. For Beatrice Fox Auerbach, Thanksgiving was often a time to express her appreciation to her staff for their loyalty and hard work throughout the year. One example of this expression is seen in an issue of the employee…
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The Fox Way: Honesty, Courtesy, Service

December 1, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

As a store, G. Fox & Co. thrived for well over a century and outlasted all other department stores in downtown Hartford. Part of the reason for its enduring success has to do with Gerson Fox’s business philosophy, expressed best in his motto: “Honesty, Courtesy, Service.” This philosophy, and the principles it shaped, determined the…
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“Once Upon a Time…”

December 5, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

As I mentioned several months ago in my special “Happy Birthday, Beatrice” post, Beatrice Fox Auerbach often received birthday gifts from her employees. For her birthday in 1945, the employees from one of her departments presented Mrs. Auerbach with a book titled “Once Upon a Time…” that presents a minimalist’s version of her life story…
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Richard Koopman Joins the Fox Family

December 8, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

On June 21, 1940, Richard Koopman became a member of the Fox/Auerbach family when he married Beatrice Fox Auerbach’s daughter, Georgette Auerbach. Two years later, on October 18, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps. In 1946, after being discharged from the service, Richard Koopman became a member of another Fox family when he…
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The Tobé Award

December 12, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

In 1947, the same year that G. Fox & Co. celebrated its centennial, Beatrice Fox Auerbach was honored with one of retail’s most prestigious awards. At the 13th Annual Tobé Bosses Dinner, the fifth annual Tobé Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Retailing was bestowed upon Mrs. Auerbach “for demonstrating that a department store can…
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Look Who’s in the News!

December 15, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

As a premier in Hartford’s world of retailing, G. Fox & Co., and those at its helm, frequently made headlines. Many of these stories have been preserved in scrapbooks of newspaper clippings. In most cases, clippings concerning the store were kept in separate scrapbooks from those concerning the family, but there is some overlap. A…
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Christmas at Fox’s

December 19, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Beatrice Fox Auerbach may have been Jewish, but she was also an exceptionally adept businesswoman and, as such, catered to her mostly-Christian clientèle by turning her store into a virtual wonderland every Christmas season. The children’s department was transformed into Toyland, much to the delight of children all over Connecticut. And, of course, Santa Claus…
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Boy Scout Jamboree, 1953

May 28, 2008 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

I have not posted to the blog for ages; too many things got in the way, I am afraid.  But I am back! On Thursday of this week, we received the most remarkable scrapbook. It was created by a young man from Wethersfield, Connecticut, Andrew Twaddle, who in 1953 took a cross-country train trip to…
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The Tube Went Where…?

May 30, 2013 · Collections ·

I was in the inside drive-thru lane at a Walgreens drug store recently and was watching a customer in the outside lane retrieve her prescription via a motorized “capsule” that traveled to and from the pharmacy. This got me to thinking about those wonderful pneumatic tube transport systems that were and in some cases still…
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Merry Memories

September 9, 2013 · CHS Buzz, Collections ·

Last year, for the holiday season, the CHS store featured a reproduction ornament based on an original in our collection: Winter Wonderland, Old G. Fox Building, Hartford, designed by Richard Welling, 1995, and G. Fox & Co. This product was so popular, by the end of the season, it sold out.

An Olympic medal, a G. Fox Bracelet, and a Katharine Hepburn Costume

April 25, 2014 · CHS Buzz ·

So, yesterday, on behalf of the Connecticut Historical Society, I attended the Connecticut Conference on Tourism in Hartford. Firstly, it is inspiring to see the number of wonderful institutions across Connecticut that are so passionate about what they are doing. There was lots of learning opportunities with workshops about social media, using video content, reaching…
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A Night To Remember G. Fox & Co

From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: Remembering G. Fox & Co. in the 1950s

October 23, 2015 · ·

In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford!

g. Fox Chrsitmas time

CANCELLED.Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

February 5, 2016 · ·

CANCELLED. Due to the weather, the program has been rescheduled for next Friday, February 12 at 11:00 am.

Exhibit Tour of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe

February 6, 2016 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World, & Her Wardrobe exhibition every Saturday at 2:00 pm.

g. Fox Chrsitmas time

RESCHEDULED.Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

February 12, 2016 · ·

RESCHEDULED. In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! This presentation will bring you back in time to Fox’s heyday and you’ll also learn about Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the remarkable woman who made every visit to Fox’s so enjoyable and set the standard for customer service. Exhibit tours of “Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe” available after the presentation at 12:00 pm.

g. Fox Chrsitmas time

Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

February 20, 2016 · ·

In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! A 45-minute presentation by Joe Waxman, CHS Member & Volunteer, will be followed by Exhibit Tours of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe at 2:00 pm. Refreshments provided.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

February 27, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

March 4, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! A 45-minute presentation by Joe Waxman, CHS Member & Volunteer, will be followed by Exhibit Tours of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe at 12:00 noon. Refreshments provided.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

March 5, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

April 1, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! A 45-minute presentation by Joe Waxman, CHS Member & Volunteer, will be followed by Exhibit Tours of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe at 12:00 pm. Refreshments provided.

Discovering Beatrice Fox Auerbach: A Presentation by Laura Crow, UConn Professor of Costume Design

April 7, 2016 · ·

Laura Crow, Professor of Costume Design, UConn, will give a presentation focusing on the life of Beatrice Fox Auerbach and the development of the exhibition.

From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950s

April 23, 2016 · ·

PROGRAM HELD AT SOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH HALL, 16 HIGH ST., SOUTH GLASTONBURY. In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Hartford, it was G. Fox & Co.!

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

April 28, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

G. Fox & Co. Tonka toy truck.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

April 29, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

G. Fox & Co. Tonka toy truck.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

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To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society will temporarily close now through April 22. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time. All public programs and tours are canceled during this time. We hope to reschedule some of the events if possible.