By Stephen Fried
Featured within the PBS documentary The Harvey women: chance Bound
The mythical existence and entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Fred Harvey contributed to shaping American tradition and heritage for 3 generations—from the Eighteen Eighties throughout international warfare II—and nonetheless impact our lives this present day in wonderful and engaging methods. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the lifetime of this not likely American hero, the founder of the nation’s provider undefined, whose extraordinary kin company civilized the West and brought the USA to Americans.
Appetite for America is the impressive real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told extensive for the 1st time ever—as good because the tale of this country’s enlargement into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the child, of the nice days of the railroad, of a time while a deal might nonetheless be made with a handshake and the U.S. was once nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his means up from dishwasher to loved ones identify: He was once Ray Kroc prior to McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott prior to Marriott resorts, Howard Schultz ahead of Starbucks. His consuming homes and resorts alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including ancient resorts nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized by means of princes, presidents, and numerous traditional tourists trying to find the simplest cup of espresso within the nation. Harvey’s employees of rigorously screened unmarried younger women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first lady crew and have become actual Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland.
With the verve and keenness of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of the way this visionary equipped his company from a unmarried lunch counter right into a family members empire whose advertising and concepts we nonetheless stumble upon in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly enjoyable, Appetite for America is old biography that's as richly lucrative as a slice of clean apple pie—and every piece as satisfying.
*With photograph inserts that includes over seventy five photographs, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, such a lot of them never-before-published.
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Once the kinks were worked out, though, the postal-sorting car was a huge success, dramatically reducing the time it took to get mail to California. It became the prototype for the national Railway Mail Service, a model that prevailed for over a century. With his postal service job and his ongoing work with the packet line, Fred was developing a sense of safety and security again. Even though the Civil War was raging, there had been no violence in St. Joe since the tragic Platte River Bridge sabotage, and the conflict’s main effect on life in St.
He went to the Spread Eagle Daguerreian Gallery on Chatham Square, where photography innovator R. A. Lewis captured the earliest known image of him. In the daguerreotype, Fred’s hair is dark, longish, and wavy; he sports the first of many styles of facial hair to come, this one a beard that extends sideburn to sideburn under his chin without ever encroaching on his slightly chubby face. He has a warm, reassuring smile, and his eyes are wide, as if mesmerized by all he is seeing around him in New York.
Lewis captured the earliest known image of him. In the daguerreotype, Fred’s hair is dark, longish, and wavy; he sports the first of many styles of facial hair to come, this one a beard that extends sideburn to sideburn under his chin without ever encroaching on his slightly chubby face. He has a warm, reassuring smile, and his eyes are wide, as if mesmerized by all he is seeing around him in New York. FRED’S MOTHER HELD on for six months in a sanitarium in Wolverhampton, before dying in August 1855 at the age of forty-eight.
Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West by Stephen Fried