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In 1911, Solomon Boscov arrived in Reading, Pennsylvania, purchased $8 worth of merchandise, rolled his wares into a pack and set off into the surrounding countryside. Soon he established a regular route through Lancaster and Berks County. He sold wares, exchanged merchandise for meals, did chores in exchange for lodging and made hundreds of friends. Within the year Solomon saved enough money to buy a horse and wagon and increase his inventory. Full Story Here...

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