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F & W Grand Co.

F & W Grand 5-10-25 Cent Stores, Inc., New York, USA



First seen: 15-Mar-1925
Last seen: 07-Oct-1927

Brand(s): Grand-Tone

The F&W Grand 5-10-25 Cent Stores, Inc. was a department store of some longevity.  Re-incorporated in 1915 from the original 1901 incorporation, the company ran 18 stores by the start of WWI. By the crash of the stock market in 1929, they had grown to 83 stores.[1]




The first appearance of their branded Grand-Tone tubes was in March of 1925. Their Christmas 1924 ads did not indicate they had yet branded the tubes being sold. Though we see their ads drop off in late 1927, this may have been due to waning store sales in general. By 1931, the company was acquired by H. L. Green company.


Grant-Tone variants:

 
G T
R O
A N
N E
D
201-A
1
Tube
{v1} Globe, tall bakelite base, tipless, oval foil envelope label


  
Grand-Tone variant
 
 
 
 

{v1} "Grand-Tone" "201A" with foil label.[2]


Given the number of FW Grand stores in 1926-27, we can safely assume that sales were good, and that quite a few Grand-Tone tubes made it into the marketplace. Grand-Tone was being used widely by the company as a brand for many goods, like Sears used Kenmore and Craftsman. 



Bibliography references:
  1. Moody's Industrial Manual, Vol.1, pg. 942. From Books.Google.com. Retrieved 16-Apr-2018. *
  2. eBay auction listings, 2018 *
  3. Radio Broadcast, Dec-1929, pg. 123. From AmericanRadioHistory.com. Retrieved 30-Nov-2018. !

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