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Object ID
2011.7.111
Object Name
Photograph
Object Collection
Alex's Candy Shop (is part of)
Date Created
circa 1940
Donor
Donated by the Rassogianis/Franks Family
Event
Staged Photo
Medium
Photo Paper
Object Entities
Access Points
Object Description
A small black and white snapshot of Alex Rassogianis. Printed on a postcard. Alex appears in an oval on a white background. He is wearing a white shirt with a striped dark colored tie and a black jacket. The back of the postcard says that it is from Pleschner's Photo Studio. The card is addressed to Alex Russ.
Origin
Paulina Franks' grandfather, John Rassogianis, came to Chicago in the 1890s. He began his life in the new city by peddling fruits and later, with the help of his sons Alex and George, would open a candy store. In the 1920s Paulina Franks' father Constantine became a part of the family business and the store was able to prosper. When the second business closed Paulina Rassogianis chose to hold as many of the candy store's items as possible and, later, donate them to the National Hellenic Museum. The Rassogianis family began their candy business in Chicago proper, working out of their own shop named "St. Louis Ice Cream Parlor." Eventually, the shop was closed and the Rassogianis' chose to continue their candy store venture in Berwyn, Illinois. The new shop they chose to open was named Alex's Sweet Shop. Paulina Franks' father was a key contributor to the success of the Rassogianis candy stores. While Constantine Rassogianis was a noteworthy entrepeneur, he also had many other accomplishments. Among these was his four years of involvment in the Greek national military during World War I wherein he obtained the rank of sergeant. Also, he was a published author and poet, an experienced mandolin player, a church officer and had extensive knowledge of psalti.
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Citation
Photograph, circa 1940, Alex's Candy Shop, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/4046. Accessed 04/11/21.