Scope and Contents
Researchers studying the Frank Garson Family Papers will gain insight into the life of a Jewish immigrant in America and Atlanta Jewish life. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1937 - 1988
Biographical / Historical
Frank Garson was born Frank Gottesman in a small village in Austria on November 5, 1886. He was the youngest of fifteen children and his childhood was dominated by the spirit of independence. His father was a timber merchant and was a noted benefactor and communal leader. On Saturday afternoons, his father would lecture groups on various religious subjects as he was highly educated in Hebrew. At the age of 12, Frank began learning the Talmud. These teachings influenced him the rest of his life. Frank immigrated to America when he was 17 years old. He landed on the East Side of New York not knowing a work of English. He quickly picked up the language, however, and had an urge to study law. He enrolled in night school and for six years he worked during the day and studied at night. At the age of 21, he married nineteen year old Gussie Fox, a successful young business woman of New York. When Frank was 23, he decided to become a manufacturer of wash dresses. He attended a school for designing during the evenings until he mastered all the fundamentals. After working with several manufacturers, he decided to go into business for himself. In 1917, he opened his own firm in Atlanta that specialized in making brassieres. The Lovable Brassiere Company soon became recognized as one of the foremost manufacturers of its kind in America. All the meanwhile, Frank was an active member of the Atlanta Jewish community. On September 13, 1955, he died following a heart attack in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the age of 68.
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Lovable Brassiere Company was established by Frank Gottesman, who later changed his name to Garson, in 1914. Garson was active in the United Palestine Appeal, the Jewish National Fund, the Jewish Welfare Board and the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. The papers contain an Autobiography and biography of Frank Garson, memorabilia from Girls' High School, the Jewish Home, B'nai B'rith Gate City Lodge, Future, Inc., Lovable Brassiere Company, and the Standard Club.
All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.
Photographs removed to visual arts collection and 1 issue of The Southern Israelite Magazine Vol. XXX No. 37 (September 16, 1955) transferred to Southern Israelite Magazine Collection.
- Frank Garson Family Papers, Mss 031
- Erin Wright
- May 2019
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