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HARRY S. WEBB & FAMILY (3) Cabinet Card Photos - Glendale, CA Webb Dept. Store
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HARRY S. WEBB & FAMILY (3) Cabinet Card Photos - Glendale, CA Webb Dept. Store

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(3) Three Antique Cabinet Card Photographs of the Webb family of Chicago, Massachusetts, Maine, and California. All photogaphs came from the same family and all are identified in period handwriting on the reverse side. Our first cabinet photograph is of Harry S. Webb, taken in Chicago. The writing on back reads, "Harry Webb, son of Arthur Webb. At the time of his death he was the wealthiest man in Glendale. They had no children." (See interesting article about Harry S. Webb and his department store empire below.) The second cabinet photo is of Frank C. Webb, and was taken in Brunswick, Maine. It reads on back, "My father Frank C. Webb. Born June 2, 1862? in Illinois. Married April 4, 1891 in Boston. Died August 31, 1950 at Winthrop, Maine." The third cabinet photo depicts Ruth Bradford Webb, and Judith Doris Webb. It was taken in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Photos measure 5.25 x 7.5, 5 x 7.25, and 4.25 x 6.5 respectively. Condition: These are all original photographs, not copies or reproductions. They are in very good condition. News article about Harry S. Webb from the Glendale News-Press: Harry S. Webb founded Webb's Department Store in 1917 with a loan from his mother. Webb had operated a dry-goods business for about 10 years back in his hometown of Chicago. But the story is that his wife embezzled 100,000 from the business and then ran off with the bookkeeper, leaving Webb broke, according to his great-nephew, Rob Thompson of Glendale. So, Webb and his mother, Frankie, headed west in 1916 to create a new life for themselves. After a year in Pomona, where his sister Helen was living, they all moved to Hollywood. When Webb discovered our rapidly growing town just over the hill, he decided to have another go at a business, this time in men's clothing. "My great grandmother (Frankie) lent him some money," Thompson said. Webb found an existing retail business at 403 S. Brand Blvd., purchased it and took out an ad announcing a change of ownership. "The Schilling Dry Goods Store has been purchased by Mr. H. S. Webb of Chicago. His affiliation with the best-known eastern manufacturers and wholesale houses will give Glendale the best the market affords," the ad read. "The policy of the store will be efficient service, merchandise of quality, correctly priced. During the week, there will be sales of broken and discontinued lines at attractive prices." "Webb is a gentleman of many years' experience in this line of work," noted a June 1917 edition of the Glendale Evening News. "He is ready to become identified with all the interests that are best for the upbuilding of the city that he has chosen for his home." Three years later, Webb purchased a house at California Avenue and Louise Street and spent 3,000 more to furnish it, as detailed in a March 1920 edition of the Glendale Evening News. "Mr. Webb, who has been living in Hollywood, expects to become a resident in April." His one-room store, adjoining a small bank at the southwest corner of Brand Boulevard and Broadway, grew rapidly, and in 1922, he purchased property at 139 N. Brand Blvd. The next year, he built a two-story (plus basement) department store, according to an interview with Webb in the Glendale News-Press, Dec. 24, 1935. His new building didn't meet with much acclaim at the time, Webb told the News-Press, adding that in 1922 businesses were still clustered on South Brand. "They laughed at me because the store was the last modern business establishment going north on Brand," he said the interview. Conventional wisdom at the time encouraged building and opening businesses around Broadway and to the south, then the middle of the commercial hub, according to local history librarian Mike Shea and volunteer George Ellison, both of Special Collections with the Glendale Library. But Webb was a shrewd businessman and North Brand was becoming a hot ticket. Some time later, he tried to buy a property at Brand and Lexington. "I made up my mind one night to get it and the next day I went to see old Col. Thornton, who owned the property," he said. "But it was too late. He told me that someone had already bought it." Brand's business ventures paid off handsomely and he eventually settled in La Caรฑada. Thompson, then just a little kid, recalled visiting him in his new home. "He was a fascinating man," he said.
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