Beautifully engraved certificate from the Gimbel Brothers, Inc. issued no later than 1950. This historic document was printed by the American Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of a woman and a young angel. This item has the printed signature of the Company's President ( Bernard F. Gimbel ) and Treasurer and is
over 69 years old.
Seven brothers formed the Gimbel Brothers chain of stores in Milwaukee (1889), Philadelphia (1894) and eventually New York (1910), where Isaac Gimble was manager. He became president when the firm was incorporated in 1922, and the company was further expanded through the acquisition of Saks and Company in 1923. Isaac's son Bernard Gimbel took over as president from 1927–53, when his son, Bruce, replaced him as president. The company was sold to Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. in 1973, and by 1987 the last of the Gimbel stores had closed.
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