Watch fob or key chain
Overall: 1 1/8 x 16 in.
Metal brass-colored watch fob or key chain with circular key ring attached to 15" link chain with metal fob at end; fob stamped on face "New York / World's Fair" with image of Trylon and Perisphere. Fob matches cufflinks 2006.28.1a,b.
Irma Rappaport (born 1914), a Hunter College graduate working as a secretary during the depression years, gave this watch fob or key chain to her husband Bernard Rappaport (1914-1994) while she was employed by the Exposition Souvenir Company. Acquiring the exclusive right to sell "novelties" on the fair grounds at Flushing Meadows, the company maintained eighty stands there and employed 325 workers, each day selling about $7,000 worth of merchandise, ranging from penny (three for five) postcards to $5.00 clocks. Mrs. Rappaport served as executive secretary to Mr. I. B. Ury, w ho ran the day-to-affairs of the business, which was owned by her uncle, Louis Katz. A veteran of the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition held in Chicago, Mr. Ury relied upon Mrs. Rappaport for composing his correspondence, handling telephone communications, and other activities that called for skills that differed from his merchandising expertise in the company's corporate offices at Forty-third Avenue and Ninety-seventh Place in Corona. The key chain features three-dimensional surface decoration of the Trylon and Perisphere, two iconic symbols of the fair, and the year 1939. According to a New York Times article commenting on the history of souvenirs, 900 vendors were offering 12,000 designs and 26,000 different products as souvenirs of the fair, ranging from "lollipops to pianos."
Gift of Irma R. Rappaport and Linda S. Ferber in memory of Bernard Rappaport
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