LEON LEONWOOD BEAN

Forbes - - FORBES 100TH ANNIVERSARY -

founder of L.L. Bean (1912)

“Here’s the story of a man who stayed in his home town of Freeport, Maine, when its pop­u­la­tion was 965 peo­ple, and built a mil­lion dol­lar a year busi­ness out of a gen­eral shoe and gent’s fur­nish­ings store where trade some­times climbed dizzily to $30 a day. No big in­dus­tri­al­ist, no ty­coon a la Wall Street, Leon Leonwood Bean nev­er­the­less ranks high in any com­pi­la­tion of busi­ness men who have suc­ceeded un­der the sys­tem of free Amer­i­can en­ter­prise.” —“Keep It Quaint” (June 1, 1941)

Lyle Good­hue and Wil­liam Sul­li­van in­vent the first dis­pos­able aerosol cans.

FIRST IN FORBES

SEPTEM­BER 15, 1941 “Busi­ness in a New Era”

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