Stories about family businesses and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Abe Ratner in the seltzer business

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The Ratner family became established in the Fifth Ward of Albany, N.Y. Abe bottled soda water and Rose nurtured a brood of children.


Louis Katz of Kolberg

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Betty’s father was a prosperous merchant who came to Pomerania from East Prussia.

If walls could talk—75 years in a Parisian villa

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If walls could talk, the plasterwork at 31 rue de la Saussaye, Neuilly-sur-Seine, would have interesting tales to tell: Insider dealings in the French jewelry trade. Swank cocktail parties for the Nazi elite. A rough-cut Jewish jeweler and his ebullient new wife. Where Henry Kissinger met Le Duc Tho. Here is the story of one prestigious address over 75 years of history.

The corkscrew on eBay—sourcing family artifacts

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Out of the files of the U.S. Patent Office and into the peculiar subculture of corkscrew collectors.


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