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Levy, Jack H., 1908-1985



Jack Levy was born in Haigerloch, Germany, on September 6, 1908, to Raphael and Bertha Hilb Levy. Jack's uncle, Isidore Hilb, came to Denver in the early 1900s and founded Hilb and Company, a wholesale clothing supply business. At the age of fourteen, Jack Levy came to Denver in 1923 to work at his uncle's company as a salesman. Fashion Bar stores began with a small hosiery shop started by Jack Levy in 1933 and managed by his sister Hannah Levy. Fashion Bar became the largest privately owned chain in Colorado by the 1980s. In Germany, the Rosenthals and the Levys were friends. Alice Rosenthal wrote Jack Levy to ask that he sponsor her for immigration to America. He did, and they were married the same year he began the hosiery shop. The couple became parents to three children. Jack Levy supported many Jewish, civic, and cultural causes, including Temple Emanuel, Rose Hospital, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Denver Symphony, Jewish Community Center, and the University of Denver's Holocaust Awareness Institute. Jack Levy died on April 6, 1985.


Not found in LCNAF or VIAF. mmata 2016-10-26 Sources: (article by Jeanne Abrams (2016). Tales of a Little Trunk by Hannah Shwayder Berry. Obituaries.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Box 6, 1938-1993

 File — Box B097.04.0006: Series B097.04 [Barcode: U186020759239]
Identifier: B097.04.0006

(7) file folders include: photographs of Fashion Bar buildings, events, logo images, employees, and Hannah and Jack Levy. Photos of trips to Hong Kong, Italy and Israel with Golda Meir. Also a photo with May D and F visible.

Dates: 1938-1993

Box 11, 1980-1990

 File — Box B097.01.0011: Series B097.01 [Barcode: U186022111445]
Identifier: B097.01.0011

(1) framed interview with Hannah Levy; (1) framed governor's proclomation of Jack Levy day; (1) news article honoring Jack Levy at Rose Celebration, mounted on wood.

Dates: 1980-1990

Box 12, 1900-1993

 File — Box B097.01.0012: Series B097.01 [Barcode: U186022111461]
Identifier: B097.01.0012

(1) framed photo of Denver Street James Hotel, future site of first Fashion Bar store (c. 1900); (1) framed photo portrait of Jack Levy (c. 1970).

Dates: 1900-1993

Fashion Bar and Levy Family Papers

Identifier: B097
Abstract Siblings Hannah, Jack and Edward Levy immigrated to America in the 1920s. Jack Levy came to America in 1923, headed to Denver, and began working at his uncle's business, Hilb and Company. Edward Levy reached Denver in 1925 and also started working for Hilb and Company, eventually becoming the president. After working in New York City for 20 months at menial jobs, Hannah moved to Denver in the fall of 1927. Jack started as a traveling salesman for the Hilb company and Hannah as a shop-girl at...
Dates: 1938-1993; Coverage: 1900-1993

Levy Family Portrait, circa 1929

Identifier: B063.05.0005.00023

Bertha and Raphael Levy stand in the center, surrounded by their children. Jack and Hannah stand to Bertha's right, and Edward Levy is to Raphael's left. Kate and Ruth Levy are sitting in the grass. This photograph was taken in Denver, Colorado. Hannah and Jack Levy were the founders of the Fashion Bar retail women's clothing stores throughout Colorado.

Dates: circa 1929

Oral History Interview with Emmett Heitler, 1978 October 23

Identifier: B098.12.0010.00001

Topics covered include family history in Denver (6 generations at time of interview), mechanical engineer but when no work during depression worked as a hosiery salesmen with Jack Levy; married Dorothy Schwayder (daughter of Jesse Schwayder, founder of Samsonite). Time on NJH board and joining the Community Chest, move from Tuberculosis focus to asthma, medicine, merging and expanding facilities.

Dates: 1978 October 23

Wedding of Kate Levy Zigmond, 1939

Identifier: B063.05.0052.00055
Abstract The wedding party and guests pose outside at Kate Levy Zigmond's wedding. Seated left to right, Saling Simon, Miriam Simon, Lee Weil, Jeanette Weil, four unidentified individuals, Kate Levy Zigmond (bride), Rabbi Ziggy Zigmond (groom), Raphael Levy, Barbara Levy Goldberg, Bertha Levy, four unidentified individuals, and Jean Wohlgemuth Morris. Standing middle row left to right, Jack Levy holding Robert Levy, Joe Levy, Gisella Rosenthal, an unidentified man, Hannah Levy, Isidor "Hi" Hilb...
Dates: 1939

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