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The Something-Out-Of-Nothing Man (Dec, 1941)

The Something-Out-Of-Nothing Man

Ralph Barter Has Made A Fortune Out Of The Things People Didn’t Want I Read How This Down East Rothschild Overcame The Handicap Of Losing An Arm—And, In So Doing, Made Himself Into An Institution I

by Bud Martin

“LAD ’tis best you leave the islands.”

George Barter spoke to his twenty-six-year-old son just back from World War 1, minus an arm lost in the Argonne. “You’ve been a good lobsterman, but the old days and the old ways can never be again for you. A seagull can’t soar with one wing, and a man can’t handle a pitching smallboat with one hand. Better forget it.”

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Toydom’s Million-Dollar Undertakers (Jan, 1954)

Toydom’s Million-Dollar Undertakers

Past masters at turning famine into feast. Bob and Howard Lederer make their unusual fortune by rejuvenating toy flops.

By Frank Lynn

THE Lederer Brothers, Bob and Howard, do not mind being called the Undertakers of the Toy Industry, nor do they mind much that their large loft on the third floor of 39 West 19th Street, in the heart of New York City’s manufacturing area, is called a flop house. For Bob and Howard are owners of the Lederer Industries, a firm that thrives on the mistakes of others.

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