Advertisement

Helena Rubinstein

Helena Rubinstein, creator of a cosmetics empire was born in Krakow, Poland on this date in 1872. She emigrated to Australia in 1902 and began to develop “beauty creams” made with a lanolin base, which was hugely abundant in the sheep-rich country. Within a few years she had fashionable salons in Sydney and in London. […]

Read More

The Tomato Queen

Tillie Ehrlich-Weisberg Lewis, who introduced the pomodoro tomato to California’s agricultural fields and built the fifth largest canning business in America, using workers of all races and ethnicities in her enterprise and marrying a labor organizer who sought to organize them into the American Federation of Labor, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1896. […]

Read More

October 26: The Broadcast Pioneer

William S. Paley, who built the Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS) from a struggling radio network into the premier nationwide radio and TV consortium, acquiring tremendous political and cultural clout along the way, died at 89 on this date in 1990. His father was a successful cigar manufacturer, who in 1927 acquired a Philadelphia radio network […]

Read More

July 7: Beatrice Fox’s Department Store

Beatrice Fox Auerbach, who brought progressive employment policies to the department store she owned, G. Fox and Company in Hartford, Connecticut, was born in that city on this date in 1887. She ran the store from 1927 to 1965 and expanded the business ten-fold, making it the largest privately-owned retail outlet in the country, while […]

Read More

July 3: Citroën’s Factory

Engineer André Citroën, who introduced mass manufacturing to French industry through the car that bears his name, died at 57 in Paris on this date in 1935. Citroën developed the double helical (or herringbone) gear, which drove the RMS Titanic. In 1913, he took over the Mors automobile company and turned it into a dynamo […]

Read More

May 21: Armand Hammer

Armand Hammer, a multi-millionaire whose name was derived from the “arm and hammer” symbol of the Socialist Labor Party of America (in which his father was a leader), was born in New York on this date in 1898. Hammer earned a medical degree from Columbia in 1921, then made his first fortune selling pharmaceuticals to […]

Read More

August 10: Funding the the Russo-Japanese War

Peace negotiations to end the Russo-Japanese war began on this date in 1905 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with President Theodore Roosevelt as the mediator. The war grew out of conflicting imperial ambitions of the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan in Manchuria and Korea, and resulted in a humiliating defeat for Russia. Japan was […]

Read More

Honoring the Golden Calf of Wall Street

The UJA-Federation Fetes Lloyd Blankfein and Judaism by George Salamon “GOLDMAN SACHS CEO Lloyd Blankfein should be hung by his thumbs in a public square.” So suggested Briton Ryle on February 20, 2013 in Wealth Daily, no hothead lefty rag, but a source of advice for money-making investments. Nevertheless, this past December 2nd, the crème […]

Read More

Jews and the Advent of Capitalism

by Bennett Muraskin Discussed in this essay: Capitalism and the Jews, by Jerry Z. Muller. Princeton University Press, 2010, 267 pages. We progressive Jews like to think that Jews are predisposed by Jewish tradition and historical circumstance to embrace socialism, but Jerry Z. Muller makes a strong case that Jews have a special affinity for […]

Read More