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Silverwoods, originally promoted as F. B. Silverwood, after its founder, was a men's clothing store chain founded in Los Angeles in 1894 by Francis Bernard (F.B. "Daddy") Silverwood, a Canadian-American originally from near Lindsay, Ontario. He was a colorful character covered in the newspapers, a "songster" composer of popular songs, Shriner, and who famously married in 1920. The flagship upon opening in 1920 had the following departments: By 1992 when the chain closed, Silverwoods had grown to an eighteen store chain with branches across Greater Los Angeles.

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  • Silverwoods, originally promoted as F. B. Silverwood, after its founder, was a men's clothing store chain founded in Los Angeles in 1894 by Francis Bernard (F.B. "Daddy") Silverwood, a Canadian-American originally from near Lindsay, Ontario. He was a colorful character covered in the newspapers, a "songster" composer of popular songs, Shriner, and who famously married in 1920. The first F. B. Silverwood store opened on May 8, 1894 at 124 S. Spring St., carried only men's furnishings, had 4 employees and had sales of $38,000 in that year. Silverwood then moved to a larger location at 221 S. Spring St. The flagship store was established in 1904 at Sixth & Broadway. In 1920 the store removed to temporary quarters at 320 S. Broadway while the old store was torn down starting January 26, 1920. A brand-new 115,420 sq ft (10,723 m2) six-floor store was built on the site of the old one at 6th and Broadway. The new store opened September 1, 1920. The flagship upon opening in 1920 had the following departments: * 1st floor, hats and furnishings * 2nd floor, suits and overcoats * 3rd floor, boys' clothing * 4th floor, storeroom * 5th floor, general offices and alterations * Basement, outing and work clothes; gloves The company incorporated in November 1920; at that time there were four branches (Long Beach, Bakersfield, Maricopa and San Bernardino) plus the flagship. F. B. Silverwood died in March 1924. In later decades the store was purchased by Hartmarx and focused on business suits until the end, after eventually becoming out of sync with the clothing preferences of Southern California men. By 1992 when the chain closed, Silverwoods had grown to an eighteen store chain with branches across Greater Los Angeles. (en)
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  • Silverwoods, originally promoted as F. B. Silverwood, after its founder, was a men's clothing store chain founded in Los Angeles in 1894 by Francis Bernard (F.B. "Daddy") Silverwood, a Canadian-American originally from near Lindsay, Ontario. He was a colorful character covered in the newspapers, a "songster" composer of popular songs, Shriner, and who famously married in 1920. The flagship upon opening in 1920 had the following departments: By 1992 when the chain closed, Silverwoods had grown to an eighteen store chain with branches across Greater Los Angeles. (en)
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