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December 18, 2013

Tiffany, the jewelery and specialty retailer was founded in 1837 by Charles Tiffany and John Young as stationery and other “fancy goods” store . The original store, called Tiffany, Young and Ellis was located on lower Broadway where Tiffany currently has a nearby location at 37 Wall Street. In 1853 Charles Tiffany took sole control of the store concentrating on jewelry and renaming it to Tiffany & Company.

First published in 1845, the mail order catalogue, known as the “Blue Book” is still created and mailed today. During the Civil War Tiffany supplied the Union Army with swords, flags and surgical instruments.

In 1870, Tiffany moved to what was described by the New York Times as “a Palace of Jewels” at 15 Union Square West.

The New York Yankees famous NY insignia was adopted in 1909 from a Medal of Honor designed by Tiffany in 1877. After the death of Charles Tiffany, his son Louis Comfort Tiffany, the renonwed designer of Tiffany glass became the official Design Director of the company.

The flagship store located at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street since 1940 also houses Tiffany’s corporate headquarters. Today, tiffany operates 115 stores worldwide and its ad can be seen everyday in the New York Times on the upper right corner of page 3.

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