By Stephen Fried
Featured within the PBS documentary The Harvey ladies: chance Bound
The mythical existence and entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Fred Harvey contributed to shaping American tradition and background for 3 generations—from the Eighties throughout global warfare II—and nonetheless impression our lives this day in superb and interesting methods. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the lifetime of this not going American hero, the founder of the nation’s carrier undefined, whose awesome relatives company civilized the West and brought the United States to Americans.
Appetite for America is the really good real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told extensive for the 1st time ever—as good because the tale of this country’s enlargement into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the child, of the good days of the railroad, of a time whilst a deal might nonetheless be made with a handshake and the USA was once nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his approach up from dishwasher to family identify: He was once Ray Kroc ahead of McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott earlier than Marriott lodges, Howard Schultz sooner than Starbucks. His consuming homes and lodges alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including ancient inns nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized by way of princes, presidents, and numerous traditional tourists searching for the easiest cup of espresso within the state. Harvey’s employees of rigorously screened unmarried younger women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first girl crew and have become real Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland.
With the verve and keenness of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of ways this visionary outfitted his company from a unmarried lunch counter right into a relatives empire whose advertising and thoughts we nonetheless come upon in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly interesting, Appetite for America is ancient biography that's as richly worthwhile as a slice of clean apple pie—and every piece as satisfying.
*With photograph inserts that includes over seventy five pictures, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, such a lot of them never-before-published.
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Or The Fred Harvey Company. Just Fred Harvey. Why that is turns out to be one of the great untold family business sagas in American history—a tale not just about one brilliant, driven man and his empire but also about his largely unsung son Ford, who actually ran the company far longer than his father, but who stayed out of the spotlight so the public would think famous Fred was still alive, an ingenious marketing device. Because of Fred and Ford Harvey, this innovative family business played a crucial role in American culture from the post–Civil War era all the way through World War II.
Leavenworth had finally joined the modern world. And Fred Harvey was no longer a railroad ticket seller in a city without trains. CHAPTER 4 RAILROAD WARRIOR WHILE HIS FRIENDS IN LEAVENWORTH WERE CRUSHED TO get only a branch line, Fred saw the new train solely as a business opportunity.
And Fred Harvey was no longer a railroad ticket seller in a city without trains. CHAPTER 4 RAILROAD WARRIOR WHILE HIS FRIENDS IN LEAVENWORTH WERE CRUSHED TO get only a branch line, Fred saw the new train solely as a business opportunity.