The Bookstop Story by co-founder Gary Hoover

The Bookstop Story by co-founder Gary Hoover

Dear business history friends, It’s a wonderful thing to uncover a gem of a story, and it’s as great to be able to share it. Many of us have been part of, or witness to, a bit of business history. We have stories of innovations, stories of change for...

American Boomtowns and Slowdowns

Dear Friends of History, Here at the American Business History Center, we usually focus on the long-term view, going back decades. But today, for a change of pace, we take a look at very recent history….the 2010’s. Here is one of our “bar race charts” created using...

24 years of Big Company Change

The rise, fall, and disappearance of America’s largest companies tells us much about business and our economy. Since 1955, Fortune magazine has published a list of the 500 largest U.S. companies, ranked by sales (revenues). Until 1995, this list only included...
A Forgotten Company, A Forgotten Human Story

A Forgotten Company, A Forgotten Human Story

Follow us on twitter @storyofbusiness. New and exciting content forthcoming! Dear business history friends, Recently, our American Business History Center added the “Share Your History” section to our website. Many of us have been part of, or...
American Spending Patterns 1929 to 2018

American Spending Patterns 1929 to 2018

This week, we present more of our animated “bar race charts” made with Flourish.studio, in which you can see how change takes place over time. We have produced two versions, one for close study that takes five minutes and a very fast one that you can watch in...

We Want Your Stories!

Dear friends of business history,We need your stories and anecdotes about business to enhance our telling of history.  What companies have you worked for?  What was it like?  Did you work on any innovations or observe changes in the company or industry?...
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