Pièce 10 - Lee Traub interview, 1987 January 16

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US NNFIT SC.FITA.3.20.4.9.3.10

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Lee Traub interview, 1987 January 16

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  • 1986 January 16 (Production)

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MPEG file: 43.3 MiB; 31 minutes, 31 seconds. Original Media Format: Cassette

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Lee Traub was married to Bloomingdale's CEO from 1948 till Marvin's death in 2012. The two met in 1947 while Lee was studying modern dance under Martha Graham at Smith College. Lee Traub, though never an actual member of the executive board at Bloomingdale's, was present and involved throughout her husband's career. The two had been married for 38 years at the time of this interview. In addition to being an active participant in Marvin's work, Lee Traub was on the Martha Graham Board of Trustees, and served as President of the Board from 1982 until roughly 1987. This interview was conducted by Estelle Ellis, founder of Business, Inc., a business market research firm.

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(1919-2012)

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Estelle Ellis was born on November 12, 1919 in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Hunter College in 1940, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Journalism, Ellis began a career in publishing. Ellis was crucial in the founding of Seventeen magazine in 1943, assisting Helen Valentine with design and advertising for the magazine. In 1958, Ellis founded Business Image, Incorporated, a creative marketing firm that stressed the importance of market and product positioning. Her company worked primarily with Condé Nast publications but other businesses, such as Yves Saint-Laurent Fragrances, Evan-Picone, AT&T, and Scoville, hired Business Image as well. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Ellis began working with the Fashion Institute of Technology, creating programs and fundraising campaigns to help with financial support. During the 1990s, Ellis focused on writing, co-authoring At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live With and Care for Their Libraries (1995), At Home with Art: How Art Lovers Live With and Care for Their Treasures (1999), and The Booklover's Repair Kit: First Aid for Home Libraries (2000). Estelle Ellis passed away on July 12, 2012.

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This conversation is with Lee Traub, wife of influential Bloomingdale's executive Marvin S. Traub. In this interview, Lee Traub talks about Marvin Traub as a father, a husband, a business man, and a diplomat. She briefly talks about their meeting in 1947 and marriage in 1948 and praises Marvin for being tremendously calm both at home and in work. Lee credits Marvin for possesing a natural confidence that affected the way he was able to work with people and try new things. As the wife of a top executive, Lee provides some personal insight into the Bloomingdale's work environment of the 1960s and early 1970s, recalling a time when the department store was closed on Saturdays. Lee describes Marvin as a gentleman who has made friends with important people all over the world and who operates with a large sense of morality. Lee and Marvin were known as a strong pair and Lee went along with Marvin on several of his international trips. Lee describes her experiences with Marvin in India and France, again pointing to her husband's diplomacy. Finally, Lee attests to Marvin's renowned energy, both physical and mental. In regards to his determination, Lee recounts the story of Marvin being wounded in WWII and how he overcame his debilitating injury.

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