Jacob Israel Avedon (1889 - 1973)

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Nicknames: "Jack"
Birthplace: Grodna, Russia
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Occupation: blouse shop owner, womens specialty shop owner
Managed by: Malka Mysels
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About Jacob Israel Avedon

Interview with Richard Avedon

Born and raised in New York City, Richard Avedon was the only son of Jacob Israel Avedon, a Russian-Jewish immigrant who started a successful retail dress business on Fifth Avenue. His father had been brought up in a New York City Jewish orphanage and later founded Avedons of Fifth Ave – a successful women’s clothing store.

Avedon remembers his father, who died in 1973, as a stern disciplinarian who "was really hot on dumb quotes from Shakespeare and Teddy Roosevelt" and who insisted that physical strength, education and money prepared one for the world.

It was Avedon's mother, Anne, who took young Richard to see Rachmaninoff at Carnegie Hall and Fred Astaire at Radio City and gave him a grounding in beauty and style.

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Jacob Israel Avedon's Timeline

October 21, 1889
Grodna, Russia
January 28, 1922
Age 32
May 15, 1923
Age 33
New york, New York, United States
April 2, 1925
Age 35
new york, New York, United States
March 28, 1969
Age 79
September 1, 1973
Age 83
New York, NY, USA