Fashion Park, Inc. Collection

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Fashion Park, Inc. Collection
Creator: Fashion Park, Inc.
Call Number: D.394
Dates: 1864-circa 1913
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Fashion Park, Inc. Collection
Creator: Fashion Park, Inc.
Call Number: D.394
Dates: 1864-circa 1913
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The manufacture of men's clothing in Rochester, NY was a booming industry in the 1860s, one of the most important industries of the city. Rochester had developed a national reputation as the leader in quality men's clothing and as one of the leading cities in quantity of production. Fashion Park, Inc., established by Herman Rosenberg (1842-1906), became well known for its production of high style young men's fashions.

Born in Germany, Herman Rosenberg came to America in 1860. He joined the Rochester clothing firm of Kolb Bros., founded by Michael and Jacob Kolb in 1868. After many realignments of partnerships, Rosenberg headed the firm of Rosenberg, Bühler & Blum from 1877 until 1884. At that time, Herman was joined by his brother Simon Rosenberg and Mitchell Aronson to form Rosenberg Bros. & Aronson. Aronson left the firm in 1901 and the name was changed to Rosenberg Bros. & Co.

The early 1900s brought about many changes in styling methods, and Rosenberg Bros. & Co. capitalized by promoting a line of young men's suits called "Fad Clothes." By this time, Herman's son J. Edward Rosenberg (1877-1963) had joined the firm and soon became a dominant figure in the expansion and prosperity of "Fad Clothes." The clothing line became so popular that a larger plant needed to be built. In 1913, the firm moved from St. Paul St., which had become the center of the Rochester clothing industry, to a park-like setting on Portland Ave., and the name of the firm was changed to Fashion Park.

In 1929 J. Edward Rosenberg, director of Fashion Park, Inc., turned over the management of the firm to his son J. Edward Rosenberg, Jr. (who later became known as Edward Ross). When J. Edward Rosenberg, Sr. died in 1963, the firm was sold to out of town interests but continued to manufacture under the Fashion Park label until it was sold to Daroff of Philadelphia. The Fashion Park, Inc. plant in Rochester was closed and torn down in 1970.

Scope and Content
This small collection is housed in one flat manuscript box containing seven folders. The contents consist of printed materials related to Herman Rosenberg, advertisements for the company, and a photograph of Kolb Bros.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Clothing trade
Men's clothing industry
Advertisements
Photographs
Rosenberg, Herman, 1842-1906
Fashion Park, Inc.
Kolb Bros.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection is the gift of Edward Ross (J. Edward Rosenberg, Jr.), 1982 and other gifts and purchases.Access
The Fashion Park, Inc. Collection is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Fashion Park, Inc. Collection, D.394, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Photograph of original Kolb Rosenberg Co. (Kolb Bros.), taken in front of plant, 1864
Seated in center of photo is grandfather of Herman Rosenberg.

Box 1, Folder 2Advertisement for Rosenberg, Bühler Blum, circa 1879-1880
Box 1, Folder 3Obituary of Herman Rosenberg, 1906
Box 1, Folder 4Tribute to Herman Rosenberg from The Clothiers' Exchange of Rochester, June 18, 1906
Box 1, Folder 5Advertisement from The Saturday Evening Post for Fashion Park containing illustration of plant on Portland Ave. in Rochester, NY [after 1913]
Box 1, Folder 6"The Rosenberg Line" a genealogical work in progress
Compiled by Volney Plumb. Typescript, 10 pages

Box 1, Folder 7The Man Book: Style book for fall 1922
10 pages

Box 1, Folder 8Ad from The Saturday Evening Post featuring the "Parvee" line of clothing, March 4, 1922
Photograph of Fashion Park Band
Map case, Alcove 8



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