Reminisce about G. Fox during library talk

Learn about one of Connecticut’s once-premier department stores during a talk Wednesday night at the Milford Public Library.

The library and the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) will team up to present “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox Co. in the 1950s” on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., Milford.

For most Connecticut residents, the word “Fox’s” holds powerful associations. The name evokes images of a beautifully decorated, big department store on Main Street in downtown Hartford filled with every imaginable garment, home furnishing or domestic item.

From the marquee decorated for Christmas to shopping trips for back-to-school clothes, the days at G. Fox were filled with wonder. For a treat, nothing was better than cream cheese on date-nut bread with mother in the Connecticut Room.

'Touches people's personal history'

The 45-minute presentation will be made by Joe Waxman, a CHS volunteer. He remembers growing up in Hartford, where G. Fox Co. was a part of his life.

Waxman said that G. Fox “touches people’s personal history.” His talk will include information on Beatrice Fox Auerbach. whose accomplishments were significant on both local and national levels.

“Bring your memories along with your favorite purchases,” stated publicity material on the talk. “We’ll have some tables for display of G. Fox & Co. treasures, and time for you to share a favorite G. Fox Co. story.

The CHS in Hartford, an addition to its substantial collection of G. Fox Co. business papers, clothing, furniture and photographs, houses some of Ms. Auerbach’s personal records — including correspondence with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Nov. 19 program in Milford is a part of the CHS adult outreach program. To learn more about CHS and its programs, go to