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Fox and Plaut Clothing Store Record Books (1870 - 1886)
RepositoryNew Jersey Historical Society
Collection IDMG 991
Size2 volumes
Collection Description
The collection consists of business records of Fox and Plaut, a Newark firm dealing in “fancy dress goods.” The store was operated by Leopold Fox and L. Simon Plaut and was founded in 1870. Later called L. S. Plaut and Company, it was purchased in 1923 by Sebastian S. Kresge and renamed Kresge Department Store in 1926.

The shop was located on Broad Street alongside the Morris Canal and moved to larger quarters at 683 Broad Street in 1872. It later returned to its original site near the canal and was known as “The Beehive” until the early 1900s.
Collection Contents
The volumes contain annual accountings of stock on hand, expenses, and profits. The second volume includes an initial inventory of stock and furnishings, April 1, 1870. The items sold include hosiery, gloves, underwear, lace and trimmings, buttons, shoes, soaps and perfume, jewelry, upholstery and fringe.
FormatTextual materials
SubjectBusiness / Commerce
Time Period19th Century
LanguageEnglish
Access policyOpen for research
ProcessedYes