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The Breslaw bunch: Department store had it all in mid-20th century

The Marwill gang get together during Jay Breslaw’s family gathering around 1960. From left are Larry Marwill, Ralph Marwill, Edna Breslaw Marwill and Howard Marwill.
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The Marwill gang get together during Jay Breslaw’s family gathering around 1960. From left are Larry Marwill, Ralph Marwill, Edna Breslaw Marwill and Howard Marwill.
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Jay Breslaw was ready for a big night on May 7, 1941. The Capital Region home furnishings kingpin was opening a new Breslaw’s department store in Schenectady. City Mayor Mills Ten Eyck would greet shoppers at 7:30 p.m., and lucky visitors would receive free gifts such as an RCA console radio or an electric mixer. “We’ve spared no expense to make it one of the finest stores in the entire country and to fit it ...

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