This 1934 caricature of Bernard Gimbal, president of Gimbel's department store, by Peggy Bacon appeared in Bacon's 1934 book Off With Their Heads!.
Bacon describes Gimbel this way:
Tall, fit, straight in the pink. Large face with unobtrusive features. Small, kind eyes, mildly interested, aloof and impersonal. No Neck. Head screwed on tight. I Shoulders like a coat-hanger. Looks placid, worthy burgher gone sporting. Grand haberdashery with crimson hanky, belt, tie, flower and socks. Stands like a Pharaoh with instinctive dignity.The hobby horse may refer to the “worthy burgher gone sporting” but it might also refer to Gimbel's wife who was a famous horse-woman.
This profile of Gimbel is taken from a photo in the Library of Congress, and meets Bacon's depiction pretty well.
Here Gimbel is shown in a 1957 AP photo conferring with Jack I. Strauss president and son of the founder of Macy's, thereby answering the rhetorical question “Does Macy's Tell Gimbel's?”
Sometimes Macy's Does Tell Gimbel's -- The New York subway strike is costing retail stores $2 million a day and Bernard Gimbel (left), president of the Thirty-fourth street store, listens as Jack I. Strauss, president of Macy's, tells about the bad Christmas outlook for the Merchants. -- AP Wirephoto.
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