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What happened to rural gas stations in the US?

Why have rural gas stations vanished? Because business conditions have changed: my grandfather built a small gas station in 1921 at Six Mile and Livernois, near Detroit, on a corner of his father's ...
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Who were the first "businessmen" to rival the kings throughout the world?

Speaking very generally, merchant groups were relatively marginalized in all pre-modern societies. They formed networks across city-states in different regions, but were not allowed to take strong ...
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In what year did Charles Proteus Steinmetz fix Ford's Generator for the famed $10,000 invoice?

It would have been somewhere between 1917 and 1923, and thus the amount on that check would be the rough equivalent of getting a check for $150k-$200k today. Assuming the story is true at all, of ...
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What exactly were the dealings of Ea-Nasir ("The Worst Businessman Of The 18th Century BC")?

The quotes given in Dr Killgrove's article includes just those parts of the tablets where the translation is reasonably certain. While these may convey the broad meaning (in this case that the ...
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Why were businesses operating as trusts at one point, and why did the practice fall out of favor?

The two current answers cover why anti-trust laws exist, but if my reading of your question is correct, what you actually want to know is why most large companies were Trusts in those days, as opposed ...
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Has there ever been an instance of a business attempting or succeed a coup?

This has happened several times between U.S. companies and Latin American countries. The United Fruit Company was a major player in a 1954 coup in Guatemala. A 1973 coup in Chile was allegedly ...
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How to research a Victorian company

A search through archive of The Gazette (London), Official Public Record for the U.K., turns up: 22 November 1892; Issue:26347, Page:6589 & 6591: 9 May 1893; Issue:26399, Page:2692 & 4 So ...
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Who were the founders/owners of the Société Anonyme de Recherches et d’Exploitations Minière en Côte d’Ivoire (SAREMCI)?

Page 56 of Annuaire des entreprises coloniales 1951-AOF et Togo cites the following for SAREMCI 348 bis — Société anonyme de recherches et d'exploitations minières de la Côte d'ivoire (SAREMCI), ...
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When State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) start to be practiced widely in ancient times?

The Palace economies of the late Bronze Age seem to be something like one big state-owned enterprise. Textile workshops in the late Uruk period (late 4th millenium BC) are also usually assumed to have ...
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What were the largest companies in the world before and after the Great Depression?

American Business History Center provides an XLSX file with the top U.S. (public only) companies in 1917 and 1929. here are the 1929 Top Ten: Source: Forbes Magazine 50th Anniversary Issue, 9/15/...
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Who founded the Argentine mate herb enterprise Cruz de Malta?

Cruz de Malta, a yerba mate tea (herbal tea), was originally a brand of Sociedade Comercial Francisco Mendes e Companhía (aka Francisco Mendes & Cia), a company founded by Francisco Mendes ...
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Are there extant rancho budgets (original or contrived) for Mexican California?

This is not a budget and being from 1850 is outside the Mexican period but it may be of some use. And if you scroll forward/down from that link you will find many more! Later - Many Many more!
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How do I interpret this 17th century English ledger?

The last columns at the right of each page appear to contain references to amounts of British money in the form of X pounds Y shillings Z pence. On the left are dates, and in the middle, references to ...
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Who was the first retailer in Monterey, California?

To add to Aaron's answer: The first retail store keeper in Monterey was probably Don David Spence, born 24 October 1798 in the parish of Huntly, Scotland to David Spence and his wife Helen Stewart: (...
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What major company bought all the paint of another company in the 20th century?

The Dow Company, in 1904. Dow had a monopoly on bromine in the US, but not in Europe, where the powerful German cartel Die Deutsche Bromkonvention fixed the price at 49 cents per pound, and ...
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Who was the first retailer in Monterey, California?

Early retail in Monterey was either in the presidial paymaster's store, described in Guest's "Municipal Government in Spanish California"; a visiting ship's trading room, described in Graebner's "...
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What is the history of "industrial date coding" (year followed by week number)?

(I'm not sure I've got an answer, but I've got some research that may help someone else find a better answer). The practice appears to be commonplace in European commercial and industrial ...
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Who were the first "businessmen" to rival the kings throughout the world?

Basically I am trying to paint a vivid mental picture of how the merchant class gained power equal to or above the kings in Europe, China, and India (or anywhere else). Who were the key merchants (...
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What Insubordination Did Colonel Sanders Do With Prudential Life Insurance?

According to this wiki entry on Colonel Sanders, he was notoriously hard to get along with. Prior to Prudential Insurance, he had gotten fired from two jobs as a lawyer, one for getting into a fight ...
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Who was the Irish interpreter in Monterey in 1822?

Apparently John Mulligan, our Irishman from this question, was a man of many talents( and a couple of names). From Forgotten Pioneers: Irish Leaders in Early California By Thomas F. Prendergast ...
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What happened to rural gas stations in the US?

Chain stores (franchises or otherwise aligned with chains) do deals with the oil companies and the owner operator is offered worst deals. The chain stores have advantages in gas price (which could be ...
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When did songs extolling leaders of companies go out of fashion?

It just so happens that a marketing show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp radio channel did a nice history of corporate musicals, primarily in the US from the 1920's to the 1960's. The genre was ...
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