Library program rekindles memories of G. Fox

The Milford Public Library and the Connecticut Historical Society are teaming up for “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox Co. in the 1950s” on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

For some Connecticut residents, the word “Fox” holds powerful associations. The name evokes images of a beautifully decorated, tall department store on Main Street filled with every imaginable garment, home furnishing or domestic necessity dreamed of and warm memories of sharing time with family and friends.

From the marquee decorated for Christmas to shopping trips for back-to-school clothes, the days at G. Fox were filled with wonder.

Joe Waxman, following a career in sales and marketing, is a volunteer at the Connecticut Historical Society. He remembers growing up in Hartford where G. Fox & Company was a part of his life. He said that Fox “touches people's personal history.”

Waxman will also talk about his admiration for Beatrice Fox Auerbach, whose accomplishments were significant on both local and national levels.

In addition to a substantial collection of business papers, clothing, furniture and photographs tied to the story of G. Fox Co., the Connecticut Historical Society houses some of Mrs. Auerbach's personal records including correspondence with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.