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Wien Dollar Stores Collection
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This collection contains 31 black-and-white photographs, 6 clippings, 1 report card, 1 flyer belonging to Julius and Mildred Wien. The photographs in this collection are images that were taken in Compton, California in the aftermath of an earthquake that hit near Long Beach, California in 1933; and images of the Wien Dollar Store taken when it operated in Compton, Inglewood, and Lynwood, California. There is also a flyer advertising Wien Dollar Store's move from Compton to Inglewood; and a report card for Stuart Wien when he attended the Betsy Ross School in Compton.
Mildred Rae Wien née Rosenberg (1901-1995) was born in Wisconsin, to William Rosenberg and Goldie Augusta Kaufman. Mildred married Julius L. Wien (1898-1974) in 1922. They had one son, Stuart Lewis Wien (1923-2017) born in Milwaukee, WI. The following year, the family moved to Los Angeles, CA. In 1930, Julius and Mildred Wien opened the Wien Dollar Store in Compton, California but closed the shop after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake in March 1933, and relocated to Inglewood in September 1933 "due to present rental conditions". The store also had locations at 54th and Crenshaw from September 7, 1935-January 1941; Lynwood from May 7, 1937-1940; and reopened in Compton from November 4, 1938-January 14, 1942.
1 box (31 photographs, 6 clippings, 1 report card, 1 flyer)
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