Sharing my tribute to my father, Harry Limes, on Father’s Day, 2018

It was 30 years ago, on March 22, 2018, when my dear father departed this life a few months shy of his 84th birthday.  He died due to having prostate cancer.  I remember his saying that he had hoped he would make it to age 90.  Sadly, that did not happen for him.  
 
But, for the past 30 years, and as long as I live and have my mind and memories, I will remember him, and take comfort on days like Father’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and his birthday, to devote more time to reflecting on him and his words of wisdom given to me over the years; not the least of which was: “always live within your means.”  
 
My father lived during the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression.  The 1930s was a much different type of decade to live through with its austerity and hardships that meant an adjustment from the carefree and less stressful decade that had ended with a crash; quite literally, when the U. S. Stock Market crashed in October of 1929.  I know my father’s lifestyle altered drastically during the 1930s; but I also know he found ways to cope and make it a time to try new things and start a new line of work that would last the rest of his life. 
 
Sharing here my “Find A Grave” memorial that I created for my father.,Harry Limes.  He was named after his mother’s youngest brother, Harry Lombard.  The memorial includes a biography about my father’s life that I compiled from personal knowledge and extended research about him.  I can only hope that he would be pleased, and it would meet with his approval.  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The History of Luxor Ltd. of Chicago & Bakelite Boxes Manufacturered for Them by General Industries of Elyria, Ohio

Sharing a link to “CollectingVintageCompacts” and the blog post entitled:

“History of Luxor Cosmetics — “The Brand that was Born in Blood”that offers a highly detailed and colorful historical account of the Luxor Cosmetics Company of Chicago, Illinois and their products manufactured down through the years.  

Below are photographs of two Luxor bakelite boxes that were manufactured by the General Industries Company of Elyria, Ohio.  

The beige and brown bakelite box has much of its original contents, minus a lipstick.  Included is a small brochure that is dated 1933.  The complexion powder in cardboard box and rouge tint in a small green plastic compact are both in never-used condition.  Their noticeable scent still lingers when the bakelite box lid is removed.

The General Industries Co. of Elyria, Ohio Exhibit at the Lorain County Historical Society

Sharing the feature story about The General Industries Co. Exhibit that appears March 3, 2016 on the website of the “MorningJournal” in Lorain, Ohio. 
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On Tuesday, I visited the Lorain County Historical Society’s Starr House expressly to tour the General Industries Co. exhibit there since both my parents had worked at the company and it was important to me to view the artifacts. Also visiting at the same time were Kelsey Leyva and Eric Bonzar of the “MorningJournal” to cover a story about the exhibit.  My thanks to them for their interviewing me about my knowledge of the General Industries that I derived from my parents, Harry and Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes.  In fact because of their employment, they met and on December 7, 1944 got married.  

So, I have always felt that General Industries Company of Elyria, Ohio was a big part of my life because I would not be here without it!  

My father who had been living in Elyria and had previously been a lather when, in early 1934, he traded in his lathing tools to learn a new trade as a molder after walking into General Industries one day to ask for a job and being hired.  It was during the time of the Great Depression and jobs were difficult to come by.  My father ws so pleased to get the opportunity to be employed by a company as large as General Industries.   

My mother, who was from Lorain, had been a waitress for awhile and also had worked from about 1935 to 1939 at the Central Glass Works in Wheeling when her employer shuttered its doors.  She then returned to Lorain and needed to look for work again.   She told me she heard that the General Industries Co. was hiring and so she applied there and was hired.  

So, it was fate working through the General Industries that brought my parents together, and who ultimately were married 44 years.